Training Camp Transcript - Aug. 4

On T Adam Terry's health status: "Adam's with us. It just looks right now that he's got some new issues with the knee, from a healing perspective. So, he's going to have to undergo some more procedures to get that thing right. So, it looks like he's going to be out for the year."

On how WR Kelley Washington has contributed to the receiving corps: "I think he's a good wide receiver. He's done a nice job. He brings energy to the wide receiver [position] the way he plays, no doubt. He's big, he's physical and he's done a good job."

On rating the sharpness of practice: "As far as rating the sharpness, we don't have a scale for that right now. We're just trying to get better. It's not something we need to evaluate. Its camp – we're working. Everybody has to get better at everything. So, when we start playing a preseason game and we see guys line up against another team, then you really start evaluating and you have something to measure it against."

On how he sees the competition at tackle playing out: "That's a good question. It's going to play out. Some of these young guys need to develop – Oniel Cousins being a big part of that. Obviously, the Marshal Yanda factor helps us a lot, because it adds depth as Marshal is really coming on from a health standpoint. But, we're sure going to be looking at tackles. Now, we need another tackle, possibly in camp, at least, to be able to operate practice. But, from there we'll have to see as far as making the 53-man [roster]."

On LB Prescott Burgess dealing with the frustration of being injured: "I don't know. You're going to have to ask him. He's done a good job as far as working. Outwardly, he looks fine. As far as techniques for dealing with frustration, you'll have to ask him."

On if he has been able to polish his skills as a coach in his second year: "I don't know if I'm feeling that way… This is supposed to be back [workout] school over here. Are you looking at this? These guys have got a lot of energy. We need to lengthen the practice a little bit I think. (laughter) No, the best thing about… The difference between last year and this year is the fact that the team, players and coaches know the process. They know where we're going with this thing. I think that's a huge advantage in getting better. They know where they're tracking, and they can get there a little more quickly now."

On DT Haloti Ngata being one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL:"Oh yeah. Haloti is excited about the season. People, everybody knows about Haloti in football, and I'm sure fans know about Haloti now. He's going to be a dominant tackle for many years to come. But, he's not the only one we've got, so we're excited about it."

On if he likes what he's seen between Ks Steve Hauschka and Graham Gano and if either one has an edge:"Yeah, neither one has an edge. They're kicking about the same, percentage-wise. They're making most of their kicks. I think they're up around 90-plus percent. We'll see in games."

On QB Troy Smith's abilities at receiver and if he's running routes well:"He's doing fine. Troy's a football player. But, I want to emphasize this again: We do a good job of moving guys around. To make too much of Troy playing receiver… You see Haloti playing tight end; Jarret Johnson plays tight end. We move guys back and forth all the time. We want to give guys an opportunity to use their skills to help us win. But, I know it's a story because he's a quarterback. Troy is a quarterback. He can play, and he's throwing the ball really well."

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