Head Coach Ben McAdoo
August 17, 2017
Q: Did Eli Apple get a rest day or is he hurt?
A: He felt his ankle a little bit, so we were precautionary with it.
Q: Did he feel it during practice?
Q: What happened with Dwayne Harris?
A: Yeah, we held him out today. He had some soreness in his upper body.
Q: How is Mark Herzlich progressing?
A: Heís progressing. He is not where we want him to be yet to put him back on the field, but he is working through it.
Q: Is he running and doing stuff on the side or is he not there yet?
A: They are handling everything with Mark in the training room.
Q: Are you looking at Brandon Marshall in the punt return rotation?
A: The more guys that you have that can field the ball, the better.
Q: How is J.T. Thomas progressing?
A: He is working through it. Going through individuals, and eventually we will build him up to 7- on-7ís, some special teams work, and then team reps. But right now we are starting slow with him.
Q: Where is Michael Hunter at? Has he just built upon what he did in the spring?
A: Yeah, he had a nice day today. He made a nice play on the ball, couple flashes on the ball from press coverage on a go route, which is tough to do and encouraging to see. He is a young player that is making gains.
Q: Have you seen progress or are there still things you are looking to see improved from specifically [Ereck] Flowers or even the whole group?
A: Ereck, I thought, was a bright spot in the game versus the first opponent we played. I think he got his hands inside, had a couple nice strikes and punches. I thought he was bending pretty well and I look forward to him taking a jump this week.
Q: Do you see anything different from the group? Hanging out together.
A: I see a group that is growing together.
Q: With a short turnaround between games 2 and 3, does that change the way you are going to play the first-team guys?
A: Three games in 11 days will be a factor, yes.
Q: Do you have to make any adjustments to practice in that regard?
A: We take every day on a case-by-case, but we plan for every practice in advance, but we have to be able to adjust and improvise with the ebbs and flow of practice and the injury report.
Q: Would you still like to get Eli in games 2 and 3?
A: Yes, thatís the plan.
Q: When you call Flowers a bright spot, is that based on your film review?
A: Thatís the way he played in the game, yes.
Q: Do you factor game play more important than practice play?
A: When you practice, you go out and you practice, you make mistakes and you fix the mistakes. Thatís part of practice. Thatís why we practice. to go out and play aggressive. We make mistakes in practice and then the way to get better is to fix those mistakes and not repeat mistakes. So, mistakes happen in practice, it is a part of it, but the games reps are really valuable.
Q: Are you increasing the workload on [Davis] Webb?
A: We are giving him some more team snaps. Today was a little bit of a change of pace. We are learning to practice on how to prepare for an opponent. So we had some ups and downs today. We were a little slow with our tempo, but that will get better as we move forward. But Davis is going to get an opportunity to take some more snaps in that environment, yes.
Q: It has been assumed the Geno (Smith) and Josh (Johnson) are battling for the No. 2 job. Is there any chance that Webb can jump in front of Smith and Johnson?
A: I think we all have to be careful making assumptions. Josh and Geno are competing right now for the number two spot, and if that doesnít look the way we want it to look, Davis will get a crack.
Q: Are you starting to think you are going to give Davis a chance to compete for that job?
A: Weíve only played one preseason game. There is a lot of football left to play.
Q: There is not a lot of time left though.
A: Yeah, just 75% of the preseason.