T Ereck Flowers
August 5, 2016
Q: What are the things you want to work on the most this camp?
A: Well, you always work on technique, just better and being [more] cohesive.
Q: How do you do that?
A: Coach has us out there doing drills every day, throughout the day, walkthroughs, so we are all getting better.
Q: You are fully healthy now. How much of a difference is that going to make?
A: Oh yeah, everybody would like to play healthy, nobody wants to play hurt, but it is a part of the game.
Q: Did it kind of hamper you last year?
A: Yeah, but I donít use that as an excuse.
Q: How long did it take for your ankle to get back to full strength?
A: At OTAs it felt good.
Q: It took that long though?
Q: What was your level of satisfaction after your rookie year?
A: I thought it was alright. I am just looking to improve.
Q: Do you envision a big jump in your second year?
A: Yeah, I hope so. Who doesnít want to have a jump every year?
Q: I donít know if you saw, but the team was exploring some other options at tackle this offseason, but seemed to tell everyone that they only needed a right tackle. Was that good that the team had that faith in you?
A: Yeah, I am grateful that they believe in me, so I am just looking to get better and improve.
Q: Which newcomer on the defensive line has been the biggest challenge for you to go up against?
A: Probably Olivier.
Q: Any particular reason why?
A: He is a great player, his all-around game --- it is going to be pretty good getting that work in practice.
Q: What is that like for you? Obviously he is a great player, but he is also a Miami guy and you guys exchanged jerseys last year.
A: Yeah, we are just looking to get each other better. Every day we go out there and work.
Q: Does he give you any feedback?
A: Yeah, we talk about some of the stuff I need to work on in order to get better.
Q: You talked about wanting to have a better second year. How much do you think being healthy will help?
A: Yeah, it will definitely help. Everyone always plays better when they are healthy.
Q: Is it a big thing having the same five guys back on the offensive line?
A: Yeah, it takes time to work together and get comfortable. The best lines have been together for years.
Q: Ben McAdoo said trusting your technique is a big thing for you. Do you think that last year at times you were in the game and kind of got away from your technique?
A: Yeah, I would say that happened sometimes. I did that more so last year, so this year I am really trying to work on my technique and going in with my coach and watching film. I am trying to focus on that this year.
Q: Does the game need to sort of slow down more in order to rely on the technique more?
A: Yeah and also just working more at it.
Q: How different is the technique that Coach Solari teaches as opposed to Pat Flaherty?
A: They both have different drills. They both are great coaches, but I am with Coach Solari now and I am just looking to be better.
Q: Where do you see this offense going?
A: I think this offense is going to be a great offense, man. We are just looking to put as many points up and play the best as we can all together.
Q: What are your expectations for the team in general?
A: We want to go to the playoffs, but it starts off in the division, so we are just looking to put up points and win games.
Q: What is the biggest difference between Ben McAdoo as an offensive coordinator as opposed to the head coach?
A: He is the same guy. He wants the best out of what we are doing. He is a great coach and we love playing for him, so we are looking forward to this year.
Q: What is the biggest thing you learned in your rookie year?
A: Whatever you are going through, just fight through it because there are going to be ups and downs.
Q: Does a day like today help you with technique?
A: It helps today to kind of focus on certain things and getting in a habit of it and tomorrow it helps even more going full speed.
Q: Is there one specific thing you try to focus on when you are working on your technique?
A: Just punching, just punching more.