T Cameron Fleming -- August 24, 2020
Q: Tell us, what was your reaction when Nate Solder opted out because, obviously, that has a direct impact on your depth chart? Did you feel a sense to be more urgent?
A: I was just concerned for Nate and his family. I’m glad he did what he thought was right. I was just supportive of Nate. That’s all I thought.
Q: Do you feel this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? You’ve never started more than seven or eight games in a season. Do you feel like you’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity and feel ready to capitalize on it?
A: Whatever position they decide to put me in, I’m ready for it. I’ve always been ready. I’m just here to work. Hopefully we have a great season this year.
Q: Is it an advantage for you that you have an existing relationship with Jason Garrett and Marc Colombo and with Joe Judge?
A: I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage. I think it’s good that I can try to be a veteran leader and try to help everybody along, especially with the offense. I have previous knowledge of the offense, so I’m trying to help the o-line just move forward so we can be the best we can be this year.
Q: What have you seen from Jason Garrett? Is he the same guy he was as the head coach? Is he quieter now? Is he a little more honed it on one spot? What have you seen? You know him as a head coach and now you’re seeing him as an offensive coordinator. What’s the difference?
A: Coach Garrett is Coach Garrett. He’s the same guy as he was in Dallas as he is here. He’s just a good coach, he’s ready to work, and he’s trying to keep us accountable and make us better.
Q: How similar or different is this offense here now that he’s strictly the coordinator, and just different people that have input?
A: I’m not going to comment on our offensive schemes. But yeah, I’m just not going to comment on our offensive scheme.
Q: You’ve been around a little bit. Is this a strange camp in the sense that you normally would have played some preseason games, had an idea about how your team is performing? Is everything kind of like going on trust? You’re trusting that what you’re doing now is right?
A: Obviously, it’s different than any camp I’ve had before with the whole COVID and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, football is just football. Camp is camp. We’re going to go out there and work and compete. We’ll see what product we bring to the field come September 14th.
Q: But do you feel like you’re flying blind a little bit because you haven’t played anybody?
A: I wouldn’t say that. I think we make our best strides in practice no matter what. I think we’re getting a lot of good practice in and I’m happy with that.
Q: I was just wondering, you’re one of the veteran guys on that line. I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about what you’re seeing from some of the young defensive linemen that you’re lining up across from?
A: I see a lot of competition, a lot of hard workers. We’re definitely ‘iron sharpens iron’. The o-line is making the d-line better, and the d-line is making us better. I’m just happy that we’re getting good work in. They’re pushing us really hard.
Q: Is anyone in particular really jumping out at you that kind of surprised you?
A: Everybody in front of me is going after it. I couldn’t pick out one if I wanted to.