Opening Statement


“In an overview of this week at practice, I thought we got a lot done. Again (today), it was a review of first and second down. We then went into the red zone today and had extensive work. We had our nickel work yesterday. We’ll continue when we come back again on Monday to build our package. The guys are moving great, they’re moving quick. They’re intense but outstanding. I think that everyone understands here with the CBA, some of the things that we do are slower now. I think that we need to understand the rules. We couldn’t be more happy with where we are right now.”


What are your thoughts on Cameron Jordan?


“He came in last year with a tremendous amount of athleticism and want to and sometimes you can get a little bit of a sophomore jinx. He hasn’t shown any of that. He’s wide-eyed, this is a new system for him so he has to pay attention. I think the new system fits him perfectly. I think we’ll see a little more of his pass rush skills this year. We’ve been happy with him, really happy.”


Is it harder with the new contact-related rules this year to evaluate where you are based on years past?


“I think it is harder like I’ve said earlier with the offensive and defensive linemen. Everyone in the league is going through that right now. I like where we are right now. We like where we are right now and we’re just going to have to wait and see.”


Does this give a younger player less of an opportunity?


“I don’t think so because we are still going to judge them right now on what they can do. And that would be athleticism, footwork, balance, knee bend, that’s what they are being evaluated on.”


Could you pick out three guys that you are excited to see put pads on?


“I think Akiem Hicks is one of them. He is a big. We can all see his athleticism, change of direction and movement skills. I think that Corey White has been great. Again, he’s got balance, twitch, fluid hips and second gear but for a corner he’s got power too. I think what we all know what we have in Nick Toon, but this kid, Chris Givens, makes plays in the red zone everyday. Those guys I’m excited to see put the pads on.