T Ereck Flowers
August 5, 2015
Q: Will you be able to go today?
A: Not today, weíre just going day-by-day. Itís getting better.
Q: What is it thatís still bothering you? What do you have to do to get it better?
A: Hip flexor. Really, just the treatment. When it first happened, I wasnít able to lift it, but now I can lift it up. So, itís getting better, I should be practicing soon.
Q: Coach said it happened a couple days before, so you practiced with it a little bit?
A: Actually, it happened the day before, but I just fought through it. Then the next day I did it again, I guess it got a little worse. I had to start getting treatment.
Q: Have you ever dealt with anything like this before?
Q: Does that concern you, itís kind of a new thing youíre going through?
A: No, I mean Iíve never been hurt. One time I came back in a week and a half after surgery. I usually heal pretty fast and do pretty well, so Iíll definitely be out there really soon.
Q: Do you find that youíre still able to advance taking the mental reps or do you lose something not being out there?
A: You know, just not being out there, when youíre out there, youíre actually getting better at it than being off not getting the reps. I wouldnít even think of it like that. Once I get back out there, Iím going back to work and getting to where I want to be.
Q: How did you think your first couple days went?
A: I think they went pretty well, pretty well.
Q: What were you working on specifically?
A: Hand placement, my hand placement has gotten a lot better. Just overall technique.
Q: This is obviously a big day with full pads for the linemen. Is it disappointing to be missing?
A: Yeah, definitely disappointing. Any practice you miss, itís disappointing.
Q: You think itís going to be difficult for you to play in the first preseason game?
A: No, I should be fine by then.
Q: You think so?
Q: That would be disappointing, Iím sure.
Q: Who have you been leaning on to help you out here?
A: The whole offensive line. Everybody has really just been coming together and helped. Iíve made huge progressóitís way different than when I came in for OTAs. Just made progress and looking to continue making more progress.
Q: Where do you see that progress? What part of it, in particular?
A: Just getting the plays down and getting better at certain techniques, certain blocks.
Q: Have you been able to talk to Will Beatty?
A: Yeah, Iíve talked to him.
Q: What advice has he given you?
A: Itís just embracing the grind, keep grinding and itís going to get better. Things are going to slow down and stuff like that.
Q: Does he serve as a player/coach to you?
A: All the players help me. Even a second-year guy like [Weston] Richburgóheís helped me a tremendous amount. Everybody is just there and helping each other.
Q: Whatís it been like going up against some of the guys? Much more of a full speed than youíve seen before.
A: Itís good work, itís good work. Everybody hereóitís a different level, everybody here is legit. And you get good work from anybody that they put out there, so itís going pretty good.
Q: Is the speed something youíve seen before or is it a different level?
A: You know, itís good. I mean, itís not crazy like some people say. Itís definitely even slowed down a little bit as Iíve been here.