Opening statement: “We’ll get started with medical. We had Montario Hardesty back today. He got involved with some individual drills. We will continue to see how that goes and upgrade as we can. Today was a good day.
These past two days have been good days in terms of work and really focusing on getting back to the basics. We had the shoulder pads on today so we were able to do a little bit more hitting, blocking and working on the fundamentals.
Also, one of the things we have been emphasizing with the guys is trust. They’re learning. They are getting to know the offense, getting to know the defense and getting to know the special-teams packages. It’s been very individual in terms of that learning. Now we are really emphasizing with the guys working together as a unit, the offensive-line communication and so forth, secondary communication, and all the things you want to develop through trust, playing with each other and being lined up and comfortable with the guy next to you.”
On thoughts about Jordan Cameron: “He’s improved quite a bit. I think he is getting a better understanding and more comfortable with the offense. He’s a guy that has potential that you see. He has playmaking ability and he’s improved as a run blocker. He’ll continue to develop and I think Jon Embree has done a really nice job with him.”
On the friendly competitions between the players (offense had to eat peanut-butter sandwiches last night) and why he is doing it: “Well, competition makes people better. I’ve always felt that, and that’s gone back to base philosophy from when I was playing football. Different ways of creating competition, you get into the doldrums of training camp and different ways of creating some fun as well. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for the fans and getting them involved out here in practice. I think everybody enjoys.”
On Hardesty showing enough to show where he fits: “We have an idea. Hardesty coming back, hopefully that continues, there is still a lot of preseason left and he’ll have that opportunity to show us.”
On Brandon Weeden’s ability to throw deep passes: “It’s been something we’ve worked on. He has the arm to do it. I think he’s getting much more accurate as a deep-ball thrower. We have some guys with some good speed that can get down the field with them. I think that part of his game and our game is coming along.”
On Weeden looking better in the first preseason game than practice: “Everybody is up and down at this point in the preseason. When you are installing things, when things are new and different things are happening, there’s going to be ups and downs. I’ve said it before, it’s important that from a head coach standpoint that we have good competition. Offense is up some days, defense is up some days and we’ve kept a little score up there. So, there is a little back and forth that you just don’t see.”
On how many rookies have a legitimate shot at making the roster: “It is hard to tell right now. There are a lot of guys that are getting reps and some of the younger guys are because of the injuries and so forth. They have been able to get some time in games and some practice time. It always helps the younger players to get those opportunities. There is still a lot of ball to be played before we make those determinations. There is a group of guys that have made a lot of progress.”