Head Coach Ben McAdoo
August 9, 2016
Q: What happened with Nikita Whitlock
A He had an illness.
Q: How comfortable are you overseeing everything now as head coach. Is it going smooth?
A: Training camp never goes smooth. You're probably not doing it right if it does. There's always some things you have to adjust and improvise. You really just roll with the punches after that.
Q: As far as overseeing everything, has it been a smooth transition?
A: Yea, absolutely.
Q: What do you think of the shorter meetings? How is it going for you guys?
A: I like the shorter meetings. I like to keep the guys sticking and moving. I don't like to have their butts in the chairs for too long. I like to meet on our feet a little bit, watch a little bit of tape, look at some pictures. Just keep them moving around, keep them engaged, keep everything fresh.
Q: How has it been received by them?
A: You have to ask them, seems like itís fine.
Q: What are you more focused on for the game Friday night. Are you looking for starters or are you looking for some decision making at the back end?
A: We want to see guys compete for jobs. That's what the preseason's all about. We have to, obviously, in the first game, we have to go out there and work through the mechanics of the game, game management, the game operation. But then we have to put guys in position to be successful and see if they're going to compete and win jobs.
Q: Do you have a plan for Eli and the starters? Will they go a quarter?
A: We'll talk about play time on Thursday.
Q: What have you seen from Will Tye?
A: Will Tye, he's been getting some good reps. Again, we're talking to Will about keeping his pads down a lot, and playing faster. We expect him to take a big jump for us.
Q: Where do you stand on play time in regards to 1,2,3 quarters for the starters in the first three games?
A: We're going to be consistent: we're going treat every guy differently. We're going to take every player case by case. We'll start with the first group, probably, for maybe 15 plays or so and then either dial it back or push it forward based on what we need to see and what we want to see.
Q: How is Janoris Jenkins looking out there? Is he looking good?
A: Absolutely, everyone keeps asking me about Janoris Jenkins. He's a competitor, he loves football, he's out there, he's battling. Defense had a nice day today.
Q: How was Victor Cruz doing today?
A: I think he had a tight groin today.
Q: What happened with Landon Collins out there?
A: Looked like he got kicked. I think he's tight, but looks to be fine.
Q: Yesterday you said Darian Thompson is the favorite to win the one safety job. What about him has made you so confident?
A: He stepped in. He knows football, he gets football. He can communicate the game, and it doesn't seem too big for him. He allows those around him to play fast.
Q: It seemed like Ishaq Williams was flying around a bit today.
A: Yeah, he'll be an interesting guy to see play in the game, I'm looking forward to watching him.
Q: What do you like about him at linebacker?
A: That's where we've been playing him. He's a big man that can cover a lot of ground. He's raw, hasn't played a lot of football. So the more reps we can get him, the better.
Q: How are you deciding how much Victor Cruz gets out there every day and his workload?
A: It's a combination of what he needs from a coaching perspective, the training room perspective, the strength and conditioning perspective. It's not just one person making that decision. We take the numbers; we take everything into consideration.
Q: Sounds like with a tight groin he won't play Friday
A: It's a little early for that.
Q: What's happening with Nat Berhe and Keenan Robinson?
A: Yeah, Berhe, Robinson. Robinson has a groin, and Berhe has a hamstring...slight hamstring, just tight. He did the individuals and we pulled him back for the team reps.
Q: JPP looked like a stinger
A: Yeah, stinger.