Head Coach Ben McAdoo
August 15, 2017
Q: Why did you make guys run after they fumbled?
A: The ball was on the ground way too much today. We needed an opportunity to gain our composure, so I gave a couple players an opportunity to gain their composure.
Q: How much do you attribute that to it being late in camp?
A: We could use that as an excuse, but we won’t. It was sloppy.
Q: Was it your sloppiest practice in your opinion?
A: No. I thought there was some good to the practice today. I thought where we were in the practice, we need to get over days like we had today. This week is going to be our most challenging week. We have three games in 11 days coming up. So, we need to make sure we get the most out of this week right here and that’s by design. We’re going to be a little heavy-legged and we’re going to be sore, but we’re going to build calluses. When we get our legs back, it’s going to lead to great things for us, but we’re not going to get them back any time soon.
Q: What do you think of the three games in 11 days and how do you approach it?
A: Can’t wait. We’re going to take them one at a time.
Q: What happened to LB B.J. Goodson?
A: He got a sore back just jamming a receiver. There were some crossing routes. He just got caught up in the wash there.
Q: Did anything concerning happen to LB B.J. Goodson?
A: He couldn’t finish practice.
Q: How did guys like LB Calvin Munson, S Andrew Adams and LB Stansly Maponga respond to getting first team reps?
A: I think there were some good reps for them. It was a great opportunity. We’ll go in, we’ll evaluate the practice and see how they did, but it was a great opportunity for a lot of players today.
Q: Is LB Devon Kennard hurt?
A: No. Kennard is just a little bit sore. We’ll get him back on Thursday.
Q: Is there an update on DT Corbin Bryant?
A: He’s got an elbow. We’re looking at some options right now to see how long he’ll be out.
Q: Is LB J.T. Thomas III still not able to go full speed yet?
A: He’s working through individuals and we’ll have a plan to build him up as we go. We’re not going to rush into anything with him.
Q: Do you still think LB J.T. Thomas III can have a role on this team?
A: Yeah. Absolutely. He’s got a chance to build himself up, play some meaningful games as we go. There’s a pretty good chance he won’t play this next ballgame, but he’ll have a chance to play here shortly.
Q: What role do you think LB J.T. Thomas III will play?
A: That’s the whole point of training camp is right now,guys are fighting for roles. There are a few players that have some roles obviously, but he’s one of the guys that’s going to get out there and have a chance to fight for a role.
Q: What do LB Calvin Munson and LB Curtis Grant bring to the table?
A: They got the best ability there is out there at this point in the linebacker group and that’s availability. They can play physical. They’re heavy-handed type players. They’re out there and they’re getting better because of all of the snaps that they’re getting.
Q: Are short-yardage situations something that you wanted to place a heavy emphasis on in the present?
A: It was where the install – where it fell in the install part of things. So, we worked a lot of red and green today and yesterday. We worked a lot of coming out and backed up for both sides of the ball and the closer you get to the goal lines, the more physical things get. And again, that’s what we needed.
Q: Is that what you are looking for from the interior guys?
A: Yeah. See who can play with physicality and good fundamentals and that’s an important part of things - who can keep their knees driving on offense and move defenders off the ball and on defense who can destroy blocks.
Q: What did you think of T Ereck Flowers’ practice yesterday?
A: I thought Olivier Vernon came out with his A-game yesterday and I thought he had some great reps versus a lot of players yesterday.
Q: Does that concern you that you’re going to play great players who are on their A-game?
A: I think Ereck (Flowers) did some good things at practice yesterday, too. It wasn’t all one-sided.
Q: Is it easier to figure out where LB Mark Herzlich, LB Keenan Robinson, and LB J.T. Thomas III fit on the defense because you have seen them play in the past?
A: You need to compete for your role. If you’re not out there and you’re not available to compete for your role, it’s hard to say what your role is going to be. So, you need to have availability.
Q: How do you think guys like WR Brandon Marshall and TE Evan Engram are acclimating to the new offense?
A: I think there are some ups and downs with that. Obviously, they have to learn the system, that’s number one. Then the chemistry with the quarterback. That takes time. That doesn’t happen overnight. And, with pads on, you get a little more feel for it. Evan and Brandon have both done some nice things, but they’re still working to master the system.
Q: WR Brandon Marshall seems to ask a lot of questions for clarification and details. Can you talk about that?
A: He’s a tremendous communicator. Communication is not just a one-way street. It’s a two-way street. There’s input and there’s output.