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Pat Shurmur Press Conference Transcript….

(Opening statement)- “First day in pads, it’s always a little bit sloppier.  Some of these  guys haven’t carried their pads in competitive situations since the middle of  last year.  For the most part, the work was good, we got some good  runs.  We got a run drill in, in pads, which is always the starting  point.  Then we got some good runs in team to move the ball.  Then the  backed up in four minute situations, which are typically run laden  periods.  Also, for the quarterbacks getting use to throwing in shoulder  pads, I thought it was good.  Some of the receiver’s stepped up.  I  thought there was good competition.  There were periods where I thought the  defense looked very, very good.  Then there were also some bigger plays on  offense as well, got a couple long gains.  It appeared like, without  knowing much, we pulled through it physically okay, which is a little bit of a  concern.  I’m getting a pretty good feel now for where they’re at  physically, but not knowing totally, I think they held up decent.”

 

(On tempering Montario  Hardesty’s workload)- “Today we made him just a little bit limited.  We  wanted him to get use to carrying his pads before we get him in there with all  of his reps.  He did a good job.  I thought he looked good when he was  in there.”

 

(On the Brodrick Bunkley  deal)- “There’s really nothing to talk about right now.  I can tell you  that we obviously traded for (John) Greco and that’s done.  He’ll be out  here when the rest of the free agents are.”

 

(On coaching Greco in St.  Louis)- “John is a versatile guy.  He’s played left guard. He’s played  right guard.  Two years ago he played left tackle for us with a club on his  hand.  I think he’s a very good pass protector.  Big guy, so he’s good  when you’re running the football.  I think of him as a somewhat versatile  guy who can come in and compete for a spot.  But, if he’s not the guy  that’s playing, he has the experience to be that sixth or seventh guy.”

 

(On if the elimination of  two-a-days hinders practice)- “I don’t know about hindering it, we just had  to adjust it.  I think the morning practice, all around the league I think  everybody is getting what they want out of the big morning practice.  Or if  you choose to do it in the afternoon, the afternoon practice.  It’s the  other stuff that we’ve had to adjust.  Our 10-10-10s and our special teams  which are now walk-through pace.  We did our first walk-through yesterday  and I think we got a lot out of it and we’ll come back this afternoon do the  same thing.”

 

(On if two-a-days being gone  will benefit players)- “I don’t know.  I think it will take a year to  see the affect.  I think the way we’re trying to practice where we’re  trying to get them their work.  This is kind of the dog days of our season  right now.  They’re all tired, they’re all sore, they’re all a little bit  chippy, but that’s natural.  The key is we have to be conscious this year  of where they were physically when they came in.”

 

(On Jarrett Brown’s big arm)- “Pleasant surprise from that standpoint.  He’s got a big arm.   He’s a big, solid, sturdy guy.  Good athlete.  He’s shown up  well.  He’s had limited reps, but he’s shown up pretty well so far in these  three days.  He’s a guy that’s intriguing.”

 

(On some linebackers from last  season working with the defensive ends and Marcus Benard’s size)- “Defensive  ends come in different sizes, but they fit our model of the pass rusher type  guys.  They were end of the line linebackers.  They’re use to playing  on the end of the line of scrimmage.  All we’re telling them now is to put  your hand down all the time.  That’s the philosophy. They’ll be dropping  some in fire zone situations.  We feel they have a chance to pass rush as  much as play their own.”

(On Ahtyba Rubin fitting into  the new defense)- “He’s done a good job.  Obviously we play tackles,  but we’ll shade the guard, shade the center.  He’s pretty comfortable where  ever we put him.  Looks like he’s getting a pretty good feel for how we  want him to play.  There’s times where he’ll be on the center and a  majority of the time where he’ll be playing on the guard.”

(On Rubin as a pass rusher)- “I’ve seen in the last few one-on-one drills where he’s cranked it up and  really made a couple good rushes.  I think Dwaine (Board) and Dick (Jauron)  are working with him and they’ll get him going so he can get a little  push.”

(On it being a priority to  bring back Jayme Mitchell)- “I kind of went on Tom’s (Heckert)  recommendation and the defense.  He didn’t play much last year, coming over  from the Vikings.  I hadn’t seen him in person.  When he signed, I  walked in, he was sitting down and he stood up and I said, ‘Oh my goodness,’ he  just kept getting taller.  He’s a terrific looking guy.  He’s got  range, he’s tall.  We’re glad he’s here.  We feel like he can pass  rush and that he’s sturdy enough to play the run as well.”

(On Joshua Cribbs and Carlton  Mitchell’s injuries)- “Josh has a little knee thing.  We just kept him  out, just to get it settled down.  Joe (Sheehan) and the doctors are  working with that, but we feel that’s something that we can work with.   Carlton had a shoulder deal.  Again, we are just letting him settle that  down as well.  At this point, there is really nothing to report  there.  We feel like that they will be back very soon.”

(On other teams being  aggressive with big name signings and trades)- “I think philosophically we  are trying to make our team better and make moves that fit for us. Whether it’s  signing back our own guys, playing with draft picks and we are meeting twice a  day talking about players that are available.  I think that is an on-going  process.  Whether we are aggressive or not, I try not to focus on  that.”

(On taking it slow with Jabaal  Sheard)- “I wouldn’t say that.  He is getting quite a few reps in  there.”

(On if Sheard took less  individual reps)- “I don’t know.  That may hay have been in a drill or  two, but no, he is taking his full load on team drills for sure.”

(On what he’s seen from Greg  Little)- “I like what I have seen.  Until today and again I haven’t had  a chance to review the film from this morning, but until today a lot of what we  saw from him was in the individual drills.  He’s got the skill and ability  that we saw when we drafted him.  We feel like he’s got a chance to be a  starter.”

(On what he wants out of the  free safety position)- “This is a defense where the free safety, in  conjunction with the strong safety position, they kind of a captain from the  ship in the back end.  Obviously, D’Qwell (Jackson) handles it at the  second level. From that guy, we are looking for a guy that can help manage and  really ultimately get everybody lined up in the back end. Really whoever that  guy is, as well as T.J. in there, they really have to be able to work together,  take charge, communicate well and then you typically play on the weak side so  you have got to be able to come up and support the run.  That is typically  what we are looking for.”

(On Usama Young being the free  safety)- “We feel like he can do that. We were impressed with him watching  him play. He was a guy that he had targeted. We feel good that he’s  here.”

(On if Hardesty had a  setback)- “No setback, we feel good about his progress. We felt like we were  going to have to manage him. Anybody that comes back from an injury, even though  they are out there practicing full, we do what we can to try to manage them as  they get their sea legs back under them.”

(On if Steinbach’s injury is  significant enough that he will miss preseason games)- “No, we think he will  be back out there in a couple days.”

(On what happened to Jordan  Cameron at the end of practice)- “He just cramped up. The one thing about  tight ends and it always happens, especially on padded practices, because you  are running the ball, you typically use two tight end sets. Then you are always  doing your route work so they run a lot. They took they added pounding of the  blocking today. With Ben (Watson) being out, those guy’s work load kind of  increased a little bit. But he did a nice job today.”

(On Cribbs projecting as a  receiver in this system)- “I think he’s got a chance to be.  Really the  first couple days, until we sat him down, he did some good things.  He can  catch the football, he knows how to separate.  Obviously, because of his  return skills, he’s good with the ball in his hands after he catches it.   Those are all three really good attributes.”

(On if Cribbs has untapped  potential as a receiver)- “I think he’s a very, very fine football  player.  He obviously burst on the scene as a returner and I know last year  they made an effort to develop him as a receiver.  We’re going to line him  up at receiver and try and teach him to play the position and see where it  goes.”

 

 


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