Head Coach Ben McAdoo
September 5, 2016
Q: What made you guys decide to bring in a third quarterback?
A: We have four quarterbacks here. We’re going to give Ryan (Nassib) a little bit of competition with Josh (Johnson). He’s a good player. He’s been around the block. It’ll bring out the best in both of them.
Q: Will you dress all three in the game on Sunday?
A: I’m not going to talk about who’s going to be active and inactive in the ball game.
Q: You said the other day you were comfortable with two quarterbacks. Did anything change in that?
A: No, I’m comfortable with two. We decided there is one out there, Josh, that we thought could come in and create some competition to get them both better.
Q: What do you like about Josh?
A: He has good rhythm in his body. He’s been trained in a version of the system. He plays with his cleats in the ground, has a natural throwing motion and has some good experience.
Q: Jasper Brinkley started nine games for you last year and looked to be in the mix for the starting linebacker job. What happened with him?
A: It just came down to it’s a numbers game at this point. It came down to numbers. We thank Jasper for everything he’s done for us. Coming in playing last year off short notice, he did a nice job for us. We wish him the best.
Q: He had some injuries this summer, did that hurt him a little bit in the competition?
A: Again, we thank Jasper for everything he did for us and we wish him the best moving forward.
Q: So Kelvin Sheppard is the middle linebacker at this point?
A: It depends on what package you’re in. We can throw a variety of linebackers out there. I think Kelvin has definitely earned an opportunity. He showed well in the preseason game and has done well in practice. He’s a great communicator and we’re excited to have him here.
Q: What was Darian Thompson able to do today?
A: He was back in a limited role today. He’s testing it out. He has a harness on his shoulder but he’s out here in a limited role.
Q: What was your reaction to the Eagles trading Sam Bradford?
A: No reaction. I’m focused on 1925 Giants Drive. That’s where my focus is.
Q: What do you know about the quarterback you are going to face this weekend in Dak Prescott?
A: Dak is a winner. He’s won everywhere he’s been. He has taken advantage of his opportunities in the preseason and it’ll be a challenge for us.
Q: How much was Jonathan Casillas able to do today?
A: He was out here in a limited role. He’s getting his wind back right now. We’ll dust him off on Wednesday and give him an opportunity to get back on the field.
Q: Will he have to wear something?
A: It’s early to say.
Q: B.J. Goodson and Leon Hall are both out of concussion protocol?
A: Hall and Goodson are both going through the process.
Q: With Prescott, is there a challenge when you’re facing a rookie in that they show you some things in the preseason but you haven’t gotten to see a regular season look from him at all yet?
A: He’s a guy that has taken advantage of his opportunities. He’s looked good in the preseason and he’s done a nice job for them. We’re going to have our hands full. He’s a good player.
Q: Have you been able to get a sense yet of how close Will Beatty is to being able to get in a game?
A: I look forward to going in and watching the film. He did some good things out here today. It’s encouraging.
Q: With the cuts, you didn’t leave too much depth on the offensive line. Do you think you’ll have you go on the waiver wire and see who’s available this week?
A: No. Again, we’re comfortable with the players we have on this roster right now. We have a good, strong football team. You never stop looking, but we’re definitely comfortable with what we have.
Q: Has Keenan Robinson moved to the middle more now or does Mark Herzlich become the backup?
A: Again, it depends on what package is on the field, but they have to play multiple positions. You can’t just play one position in defensive football anymore. You have to have versatility.
Q: Did you consider trading for or signing Josh Sitton?
A: You look at everything. I have history with Josh. Tremendous player, tremendous talent. We wish Josh nothing but the best but he’s not on our roster.
Q: What was it about Robert Thomas that you guys liked when you claimed him the other day?
A: He plays with great energy. Leverage, he stays on his feet. Tremendous balance and he uses his hands well. He’s active. Good player, glad to have him.
Q: What do you think your first regular season game on Sunday is going to feel like for you?
A: It’s going to feel like the first regular season game. I’m going to feel excited and ready to go.