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Pat Shurmur Gives His Final Thoughts on the Bengals

(Opening Statement)- “You saw yesterday we had to make a roster move. We had to make room so we let Thad (Lewis) go. We’ll do what we can as we move through the weekend and hopefully get him back. There’s a chance we have to make another move here, and I’ll let that determine itself for us. I’m not going to make any announcements at this point. Other than that practice was good. The guys have had, once again, another good week. I think we’re ready to go out and play hard. Now we’ve just got to go play better.”

(On if they’ve filled Lewis’ roster spot yet)- “We haven’t made the final moves yet.”

(On if they need a third quarterback even if it’s on the practice squad)- “I think it’s good to have three around, however you do it. I think it’s important that you have a guy in here that you’re developing, or if you developed them, you have an opportunity to bring them back.”

(On how Josh Cooper is coming along)- “Josh had a good week of practice. He’s been a guy that’s steadily improved since he’s been here. He practiced well this week.”

(On Travis Benjamin being back at practice and what he will be able to do Sunday)- “He’s back out there practicing, which is good. We’ll have to just see what his availability is as we get to Sunday.”

(On if Cooper and Brandon Weeden’s college connection can translate to the NFL)- “We hope so. I think we saw them connect quite a bit when they were both learning the system in the preseason and in the offseason practice. Hopefully that connection is still there.”

(On how tough it is when his receiving corps changes every week)- “I’ve always said that the more they work together, the more they can be on the same page. I think you get enough practice during the week, and then you put the plays together you’re going to run, where it helps you, but it isn’t the best scenario when you’re changing out skill players.”

(On how difficult it is from a coaching standpoint with young guys interchanging all the time)- “It’s a challenge. I think we all like the challenge of trying to put it all together. It makes us feel real good when they go out and execute well. It’s just the challenge of what you go through.”

(On if they will wait until Saturday night to decide a roster move)- “I think we have ideas about what we’re going to do. We’ll just make it official as late as possible.”

(On if he notices anything different with Joe Haden)- “I see the same old Joe.”

(On if Scott Fujita missing practice has come out of nowhere)- “No, hopefully he’ll be available for Sunday.”

(On if being one game away from the longest losing streak in franchise history is motivational)- “Our focus is to win the next game. No, it’s not a motivator. What’s a motivator is going out and winning a division game at home.”

(On what kind of lift the defense gets with having Haden back)- “I think when you add a very fine player back to your defense, it helps. Him being out of there, we’ve had to juggle some things. Now, we’re back to more of a lineup that we’re used to seeing.”


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