Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- August 13, 2019
Opening Statement: I know weíve got an announcement to make organizationally. So, I will try to take your questions.
Q: Wayne Gallman, is his foot bothering him?
A: He has just a little bit of a sore foot. Heís fine. He just needed a day.
Q: We havenít seen Big George (Asafo-Adjei) out there.
A: George, yes. Heís in the concussion protocol, and so heís working through that behind the scenes. As he works through that protocol, there are stages. You can do work, the meeting room, then eventually progress to the field. He just hasnít quite got there yet.
Q: Is that similar with Isaiah Searight as well?
A: Searight has a different injury. More of a hip kind of thing. But heís here. They were both here today.
Q: Janoris (Jenkins) was okay after that little spill?
A: Heís fine. Heís fine. Just a boo-boo. Heíll be alright.
Q: Do you expect to see Darius Slayton this Friday?
A: I donít know. Weíll have to reassess as we go here. He had another good day in practice. Each day, he looks a little bit faster out there. Weíll just have to see.
Q: What can he bring to you when heís healthy?
A: Slayton? Heís a fine receiver. He has speed, obviously. Through the OTAs and the time he was on the practice field, he displayed the ability to go down the field and make a catch. We anticipate that heís going to have a bright future. He just needs to get out there.
Q: Do you have different things that you look for from players in preseason games, depending on where they are in their careers? Iím thinking about Eli (Manning) and Daniel (Jones), and what their charge is when they go out there in these preseason games?
A: Everybody that you put on the field, it has to look like football. You want them to execute well within the amount of reps that they get. Am I looking for anything different? Probably not. What you want a quarterback to be able to do is keep drives alive, get completions, and help get the offense in the end zone. I think thatís what youíre looking for ideally, because they all just play a partial game. Some quarterbacks historically start off slower, so at the end of games, they play better. You just have to kind of judge it for what it is. I think they need to try to get the work they need. In most cases, except for the fourth preseason game, I like playing all four quarterbacks. I think the work they get in these games is meaningful.
Q: This is technically the end of your training camp period. Itís the end of the public part. Can you assess where you guys are at this point?
A: Itís not the end of training camp for us. We just wonít be doing it unfortunately in front of our fans. We have a long way to go. We have weeks of work to do before we play Dallas. Thatís where weíre at. We try to get as much out of each practice session as we can.
Q: What are your thoughts on Ryan Andersonís play so far in camp?
A: I think heís done a good job in terms of heís kind of caught our eye. Heís made plays. Heís worthy of the reps that heís getting.
Q: How about Chad Slade? What have you seen from him playing more tackle lately?
A: Heís done a good job. Heís certainly been one of the guys that has caught our eye up front. Youíre always looking for guys that can play tackle. I sort of feel like he can play guard as well. Heís actually made really good progress. He played well in the game the other night, especially in terms of his pass protection.
Q: Iím sure both of them can do it, but when you have two young linebackers like Tae Davis and Ryan Connelly, who do you like to make the call?
A: Connelly does, just by the nature of the defense. But Tae can do it.
Q: It looked like he did it a little bit today.
A: Sure. Oh yeah. They both can do it. Bill (LB Coach Bill McGovern) and Bettch (DC James Bettcher), they do a good job of working with them toÖ Itís obviously very important if youíre an inside linebacker to be able to communicate. Theyíre all working on being able to do it.
Q: Have you gotten any word on Golden (Tateís suspension) yet?
A: No. Iím anticipating something, but thatís something that the league would announce, certainly. I certainly would not want to speculate ahead of time.
Q: Have you been told of a timeframe?
A: No, Iím just anticipating something is coming.