Head Coach John Harbaugh
Opening statement:"Good to see everybody. Thanks for coming – a beautiful day, great practice. A couple of things to clear up, because you'll probably ask: Matt Skura had a family thing. He was excused today for a funeral in the family, so that's where he is today. He'll be back tomorrow for the practice at the stadium. We had a couple of guys out there, you might have noticed. Orlando [Brown Jr.] was out there, Shane [Ray] was out there, and Jermaine [Eluemunor] was out there. They passed their conditioning test this morning, and were out there today practicing, so that was really great to see. Congratulations to those guys for getting that done. So, everybody has passed, and we're off and rolling. We made a couple of roster moves. I don't really have any comments on those unless you have any questions on them. And, we're off and running."
It felt like today's practice was a little bit higher tempo than yesterday's, at least. Is that something you scheduled? (Kyle Barber) "Actually, no. I think the guys were just better. You get out there the first day, and I don't know if it's jitters, but there's just some rust to knock off. And, operationally, especially on offense, the snap count and the cadences and stuff kind of get smoothed out a little bit better. The improvement from the first day to the second day is usually pretty good, and you probably saw that."
I know it's early, but after a few days, how does QB Lamar Jackson look coming into this year as a starter? (J.J. Regan)"How does Lamar look as the starter? I thought Lamar had a really good day today. He had a good day yesterday, but today he was sharp. Same thing that you talked about for the team probably applies to Lamar. He was just really fluid today and natural, did a great job with the line, made a lot of easy throws – made a lot of throws seem easy. They're not easy throws, but he made them seem easy, and just moved the offense really well."
It looks like QB Lamar Jackson is thinking less when he's throwing. Last year, it could be kind of clunky at times when he was throwing, and it looks much more fluid. (Ken Weinman) "OK, I can see that. Probably true. He has more experience, he knows the plays better, probably more natural for him. I also think, probably, the fact that he's getting all the reps with the 'ones' might make it a little more natural for him, too. There are probably a lot of reasons for that."
Do you all look at FB Christopher Ezeala as a defensive player now? (Jeff Zrebiec) "No, he's a two-way player. He's the latest edition of the great two-way players." (Reporter: "On defense, linebacker?") "Yes, Chris is going to work at both linebacker and fullback. He wants to work at linebacker. In reality, he's going to hopefully become a special teams guy early on, and so we figured … He asked me to do it. I said, 'Sure, go do it. But, I want you to learn fullback also, and we'll just kind of see how it plays out.' Plus, practice squad, throughout the course – he's going to be with us on practice squad because of his [NFL International Player Pathway Program] status, so it would be great to have a guy who could play both sides."
WR Jaleel Scott made a couple plays today. We didn't see him last year at all. What does he bring to this team? (Bo Smolka) "Jaleel was a fourth-round pick, right? And he is a guy that we have high hopes for. In college, he made a lot of great plays on the sideline, circus-type catches on the sideline out in New Mexico, and that's something we saw today at practice. He made a lot of plays over the middle, catch-and-run plays. He's right in the mix. He has really worked hard. He's fast, he's big, he has good hands, he's tough. Let's see if he can do it."
RB Willis McGahee, CB Lardarius Webb, FB Vonta Leach all going out as Ravens. Vonta's day is today. What can you say about him? (Kirk McEwen) "I'll tell you what – one of a kind! Vonta Leach is one of a kind, and in so many different ways. Nobody blocked like Vonta. Nobody had the kind of attitude and enthusiasm that Vonta had. Just a down-to-earth guy, but man, he was always there. He was always funny, fun to be around. I think he was a tempo-setter for our offense. If you look back on those years, we were a physical offense, right? We were a downhill running team a lot. We were – especially in '11, but also in '12, the fullback was a big part of what we were doing, and that was him. I don't think we win [the Super Bowl] without him. I really don't. The fact that he wants to retire a Raven is a tremendous compliment to the Ravens, and I'm really proud of that. I love the guy, love his family – brings them up here all the time – and is just a good man. Thanks for asking."
When you go to the stadium tomorrow, is that a good opportunity for the rookies to get in that environment with a larger crowd? (Garrett Downing) "Such a great point. I talked to the team about that just now. It's like the next thing. So, the first day of practice is tough, and they're a little off, right? Then they come out the second day, and they're better. Now, they're going to put the pads on, andthey're going to be in the stadium. OK, what is that going to look like? It could be a little off, but I talked to them. I said, 'Let's not get caught up in all of that. Let's just keep it simple, keep it on football, get in our box and do our job. The field will still be the same length and the same width. It's still a 10-foot free throw. That's a Hoosiers reference. Remember that? (laughter) And then hopefully, it will be the same way when we go to the games and the regular season."
We've asked you a lot about WR Marquise Brown. Is G/T Alex Lewis making progress, and do you have any idea when he is going to be able to return? (Jeff Zrebiec) "Alex is making progress. We do have a timetable on that. It's sometime in early August. We were given a date by his doctor. If everything stays the same, he should be full-go in early August. When is that, a week-and-a-half, two weeks? He looks good. He's strong. He's over 320 pounds. Everything looks stable. He passed his conditioning test. He's moving well, and we just have to get him to practice now."
It looked like RB Gus Edwards made some plays as a receiver today. Has he added to his game a little bit? (Aaron Kasinitz) "He might have. He's catching the ball well. That wasn't something he ever did at Rutgers, right? His hands, I guess they were OK last year, but he looks good right now catching the ball. Good observation."
I'm sure at this time of year the young guys are trying to make some kind of impression, and WR Antione Wesley hasn't seemed to have dropped a ball. Has he made an impression on you? (Ken Weinman) "It's so interesting you say that. Not just me, but the DBs … I'll go ask the DBs, the corners, 'Which of these young receivers?' And they'll always mention Wesley. This guy makes plays on the ball. It's what he did in college, too. I'll give you another name. Jordan Lasley had a great day yesterday, so here's another guy that stepped up, and it's going to be a heck of a competition."
You've addressed a number of developments with QB Lamar Jackson. As a 22-year-old, the attention that he gets, the responsibility, what have you seen from him in terms of his ability to take all this on and handle it? (Mark Viviano) "That is such a great point, and I'm amazed by his demeanor and his personality. I look back at being 22 years old and could only have hoped to have Lamar Jackson's poise and balance, sense of proportion. He just is who he is, and he doesn't get flustered, doesn't get fazed; it's never too big for him. He keeps it about what's important. I'm kind of blown away by that part of it with him." (Reporter: "And his teammates, are the guys around him like, 'Wow?'") "I think so. You could ask them, but I do. I feel like they love him, and it's for that reason. He's just Lamar. He's just being who he is, and it's just never too big for him."
Is there anything you do as a coaching staff to make sure the attention doesn't get too big for QB Lamar Jackson or keep the outside out? (Mike Tanier) "You mean keep him humble? Well, if it gets to that, I guess we'll probably have a few ideas, but I don't think Lamar is going to get to that. He's a simple guy. He goes home, he has his sisters, he has his mom, he has his girl, that's his life. That's what he does, and he's all about football. He's all about his family. So, I don't think he'll get carried away. Now, if all of the sudden, he starts reading the press clippings at some point in time because we're rolling and he's doing great, we'll have a conversation. But, I'll be surprised if that's ever a problem."
Where is the Speed t-shirt? (Ximena Lugo-Latorre) "The speed t-shirts! I couldn't find it this morning, but this is a good one, too! 'Iron Sharpens Iron, as one man sharpens another…' Give it to me. 'As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.' Right? It's Proverbs." (EVP of public and community relations Kevin Byrne: "Always certain, sometimes right.") "Always certain, sometimes right. I gave that to the team. I was talking to the team today about some of the things we do, and I was getting on them about something. Sometimes I get a little upset, and I'll let them know – for clarity purposes. Like all guys, and for the women around here, you guys can vouch for this. This is how guys are. Always certain, sometimes right. (laughter) Is that not true? So, just bear with us. We'll be OK. 'Speed kills,' I have to find it. That's not in Proverbs, though, I don't think." (laughter)
You've had a long list of Hall of Fame players that are connected with you, and S Ed Reed goes into the Hall of Fame next week. Talking about personalities, is he also kind of one of a kind? (Jamison Hensley) "Is Ed Reed one of a kind? Is that rhetorical? (laughter) OK, as far as personality, is Ed Reed one of a kind? I'd classify that as a rhetorical question, right? We all know. He's one of a kind in every way – just a good, good man. A great friend, I can tell you that, not just to me, but a great friend to everybody. You meet Ed Reed, he's your friend. A one-of-a-kind player, but to me, an iconic personality and an iconic football player. Ed Reed is a legendary football player. You go into the Hall of Fame, you're a legendary football player. But in my mind, there are levels in the Hall of Fame, too. And, I think Ed Reed, it would be hard to argue that he's not the greatest safety in the history of football, right? He's one of the Top 10 players maybe in the history of the game, in my mind. I'd put Ray Lewis in that same category. You get a chance to coach both of them? (points upward)That's a blessing right there. It going to be fun. I think we're taking the group out to Canton in about a week or so, and we're going to be there and be a part of that, and that's going to be a celebration."
I know there are so many memories with S Ed Reed. Does any memory stand out more than others? (Jamison Hensley)"You mean like when we weren't talking for two or three weeks? (laughter) But, I make the point – you and I actually talked about this before – people talk and say, 'You had a week or two or three that you weren't talking to one another.' Yes, but that was other guys, too! There were times Ed wasn't talking to other guys. That's just kind of the way it was. Ed was locked in.
"One of the great ones, there was an interception. I always get the game wrong, and you can tell me what game it was. My memory fails to serve me." (Reporter: "It was the Bengals game here.") "It was the Bengals game here. I thought it was the Miami game there, but it was the Bengals game here. So, I had been on Ed in certain types of coverages not to hang the corner out to dry. 'We want to help the corner. I know you have instincts!' We had a couple balls actually thrown over our head, not that Ed would ever admit that. Maybe he would, but we had a couple of touchdown passes thrown, and they were blaming the corner. I was like, 'It was kind of you.' And he's like, 'Yes, I know, I know, but I saw this,' or 'I saw that.' And I was like, 'OK, I get it, I get it, but can we just at least let the corner know? Communicate!' And he's like, 'Got you, coach.'
"So, they run a formation, the trips formation. [Lardarius] Webb is over here on his own on the X, but he's not on his own. He thinks he has inside help from Ed. They get into a certain kind of a split where they always run a duck by No. 2 under No. 3. And Ed saw the split and saw the formation, and as soon as the ball snapped, he beelines right to the spot, picks it off and house-calls it – Bengals game, you remember – goes to the house. We're all going crazy, going crazy, and he runs over. I jump and I go, 'You told "Webby" [Webb], right? You told "Webby," right?' 'No, "Webby" was fine! He didn't need me!' (laughter) But to me, that's Ed Reed. The guy had a sixth sense about the game of football. Always certain, and in his case, quite often right." (laughter)
Quarterbacks Coach James Urban
Where has QB Lamar Jackson made some of his biggest strides from last year at this time to this year? (Ryan Mink) "I think everything. If we started with learning how to take a snap under center and all those things, all that he knows how to do now. Maybe the biggest thing that has come along is just comfort with the offense, verbalization, changing protections and all those things."
QB Lamar Jackson talked about being motivated by people that doubt him. Do you get a sense that's the case in the conversations that you have with him? (Garrett Downing) "Yes, probably. I think I've been fortunate enough to be around some really great players in this league over time, and all the great ones have some chip on their shoulder that they find somewhere. Even the guys that have been great their whole career, they remember that one guy that doubted them, or the one coach who said they couldn't or whatever, and they find that motivation, whatever it might be. He has it, there's no question, that desire to be great. I think as much as anything with Lamar, I would say that he wants to prove Mr. [Steve] Bisciotti and Ozzie [Newsome] and Eric [DeCosta] and coach 'Harbs' [John Harbaugh] and the Baltimore Ravens right, rather than prove everybody else wrong. That's my sense of it."
Do you hear the doubting? Does it bother you? (Bo Smolka) "No." (Reporter: "No reaction to it?") "I care about what I see on the field. I care about what I hear in the classroom. I care about progression and getting better at something every day, and I don't ever worry about any of that stuff. The only thing that matters is how we play on Sundays. That's what our whole focus is on, 100-percent. We worry about what happens in here, not out there."
As a quarterback and special teams player, what does QB Trace McSorley have to do to earn a roster spot? (Giana Han) "Just like I tell Trace every day, he has to just show that he can be an NFL player. So, what does that mean? Whatever we're asking him to do, he has to be productive at it. If we're asking him to run down on a kickoff, he has to be productive at it. If we're asking him to play quarterback, which is why he was drafted – to play quarterback – he has to be productive at it, and he's been nothing but uphill. He's been great. He's been great the whole time."
What stood out about QB Lamar Jackson today? (Ximena Lugo-Latorre) "Lamar competed like crazy today. The two words I use all the time with the quarterbacks are 'compete' and 'complete.' So, compete is, I want them to play the game. Every rep has to be a game rep. We want to finish. If we have to scramble, we scramble and finish like we would in a game rep. If we read a hot read, we'll throw it like we do in a game, and we try to replicate that as much as we can. The faster we can make it in practice, the slower it will be in the game. And then, complete. We want completions, so even if it's on a scramble drill and the whistle is blown and we decide to throw it, let's make sure we get it completed. I thought he competed like crazy today."
It seems like QB Lamar Jackson has really found a go-to receiver in TE Mark Andrews. Is it important in a quarterback in his early development to have a guy that he can trust out wide? (Jonas Shaffer) "I think anywhere in their development, they want a guy that they can trust, right? I coached the receivers for quite a few years in this league, and that was the big emphasis: be trustworthy. Be where you're supposed to be, and then he'll like throwing to you. Certainly, Mark, I think anywhere that Mark would be, whether it's with Lamar Jackson or another one of these young quarterbacks, or Philip Rivers or Drew Brees or Tom Brady, I think they would all love him. I think Mark Andrews has a bright, bright future in this league."
There's been a lot of talk about the wobble in QB Lamar Jackson's passes. Is your outlook, if it gets to where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, you don't care about the wobble? (Ryan Mink)"Yes. In short answer, yes. We work on it a lot, and it has improved dramatically. Some of it was adjusting to an NFL ball. Some of it was footwork and getting the body all connected, and that's a continual process. I think that's a continual process for many young quarterbacks. We would like the nice, tight, pretty spiral, but I don't get overly concerned as long as it's on time and in rhythm and an accurate throw. That's way more important than how it looks."
What does QB Robert Griffin III bring to the team? (Mike Tanier)"Robert has bought in. He's bought into the Baltimore Ravens. He's bought into this offense. He's bought into what I'm selling in the room, and he is all-in. He brings experience. He's been there, done that. He knows his role, and it's very defined and very clear to him what his role is. And that's for the first time maybe in the last few years in his career, maybe the clarity of his role is helping him, and he's doing great. Again, he's competing like crazy. He's doing well, and he's working to get better every day."
How is this offense different than any other offense you've been a part of before? (Jamison Hensley) "I've been in a few and had a few coordinators I worked for. Greg [Roman] does a terrific job of getting everybody to put their ideas on the table. He's as inclusive as I've been around, and that's empowering. And then, he sorts through the ideas, and he wants it. He wants you to throw your ideas at him. This offense is not unlike any other offense in the sense that we have a foundation, we have principles, we have teaching techniques and a progression, and we're going to go through that, and we're going to master the things that we're good at. I tell the quarterbacks all the time, 'Let's be good at what we're good at, and then we'll get the peripheral things. But let's be good at what we're good at. So, that's where we are right now in the process."
What you execute out there and the plays that you're putting out there, how different is it than maybe other offenses? (Jamison Hensley)"Listen, we have our own wrinkles, and we like to think that we're doing some things that are going to give defenses some things to be concerned about, certainly within our personnel. It's still 11 players. It's still football, right? The game has been played for a long time. There's nothing that we're doing that hasn't been done before. Maybe we're doing it in a little bit different way sometimes. Maybe we're doing it with a little bit different look sometimes, but it's still football."
To that point, for a veteran coach like yourself, what is it like starting with a new quarterback? How appealing is it to you to be a part of that? (Aaron Kasinitz) "From the ground, starting last year with [Lamar Jackson]? It's cool. I like it a lot, and I had a similar experience when we [the Cincinnati Bengals] drafted A.J. Green as a rookie, and I was with A.J. through much of his development and his Hall of Fame career. It's fun, because Lamar [Jackson], it's very important to him. He's all-in, he has the skill set to be great, and he wants to be great. So, it's fun to come to work every day. You see how vivacious he is. You see his energy. It's fun to be around that every day."
QB Lamar Jackson
On how he feels after the first two days of training camp:"I feel great. My team came out flying around. [We] came off our break [and are] just getting to it. We have a lot to prove. [We have] a lot of doubters [to prove wrong]."
On his chemistry with WR Miles Boykin: "Just work and a lot of repetition. He's coming in from a long season at Notre Dame. We're just trying to get after it, each and every one of our guys – not just Miles, but everyone."
On if putting on weight was one of his goals this offseason:"Definitely. I'm trying to compete at a high level and put some more meat on my bones. I was hurt. I was skinny. When I got a little big, they said I was fat. So, I don't really know." (laughter)
On how many pounds he added this offseason: "I would say seven to 10 pounds of muscle, not fat."
On how adding weight helps him on the field: "[It helps me] take hits. Those guys are big out there. The league is totally different. Grown men are trying to feed their families. [There are] 300-pounders coming at you running 4.5s. It's different out there in the league."
On if putting on weight was something he decided he wanted to do after his rookie year:"Not necessarily. I put in my mind that I want to get better at everything else, but working with [head strength & conditioning] coach Steve [Saunders] and all of his staff, I'm going to be looking like him soon." (laughter)
On how different his play is today compared to one year ago: "A lot different. Play-calling – instead of telling my coach to say the play over and over again, having the clock run down. It's totally different this year. We're moving the ball fast. A lot of execution is going on. I'm going through the motions. It's going good so far."
On how much criticism he has heard this year:"A lot."
On his reaction to the criticism: "I don't really care. I'm just going to show up on the field, show out, and win games. But for now, we're going to get better in camp."
On if the criticism motivates him:"A lot. It motivates me a lot."
On how criticism motivates him: "Make them eat their words. That's all. Win games, play football, get better each and every day with my teammates. Make them eat their words. That's all."
On how he's seen the franchise make a commitment to building the team around him and supporting his growth and development:"It's not just the coaches, though. It's all the guys, too. They all do it out there. They believe in me. They trust in me. I have to just do my job and let them keep believing in me."
On how he saw the franchise's commitment to him manifest from Year One to Year Two: "I don't know. You guys saw me last year. You guys now. I was horrible – a lot of ducks. It's been decreasing, and it's been getting better. A lot of tight spirals. Not today, though."
On him overthinking less on the field this year:"Yes, just going through it. That's why [during] that time off, I got my guys [together] during the break this summer. We were just going at it trying to get my balls right. [We were trying to get my] timing right, outside passes, everything. I'm trying to be great at everything."
On his reaction to John Harbaugh's belief that the new offense is unlike any other in the NFL:"I just [have to] go out there and prove coach right. That's all."
On how Baltimore has embraced him over the last year:"It's been awesome. They compete with Louisville. I went to Louisville for three years, and the fans fell in love with me there. When I got to Baltimore, it's just been crazy. Sometimes I'm scared to go out, because they'll be like family. 'Lamar! Lamar!' I'm like, 'Oh, OK!' It's pretty cool, though. I love it here."
On what Baltimore is like compared to Louisville: "That's hard. They're going to be on me in Louisville. It's all love. This is my new home here. I'm going to be here for a long time. I don't plan on leaving. It's going to be good. It's fun."
On if there is anything specific the doubters say that especially bothers him:"No. They talk about Tom Brady, and the guy has six Super Bowls. I haven't done anything, yet. They're going to talk. I just have to prove them wrong. Play football, get my team, win games. We're going to go from there."
On where he feels like he has evolved the most since arriving in Baltimore: "Play-calling, timing. I'm just trying to get better right now. I don't want to talk too much."
On what stood out to him in today's practice: "You know how hard the guys are working. Yesterday, towards the end of practice, I feel like we kind of slacked off. But today, we finished strong, kept competing."
On what his relationship is like with quarterbacks coach James Urban:"I love coach Urban. He gets on me. I threw an interception yesterday. He came to me, he talked to me about it, like, three periods straight. I was like, 'Oh man, I have to get right.' I can't make any turnovers. We're trying to score touchdowns. So, I'm all-in with him. I love coach Urban. [He is a] good coach."
On what his comfort level is with the new offense this season:"I'm very comfortable. I had months to prepare with it. There has been a lot of studying going on. I'm getting my chemistry down with my guys. I love it. I love the offense."
On how much he appreciates the speed in the new offense:"I love it – guys flying around, guys getting open. Our defense is giving us great looks. But our offense, they're working, from the tight ends to the receivers, running backs, the linemen. Starting with the linemen, they're working. Our offense is looking pretty good."
On how the secondary is looking so far: "It's dangerous. I told them to keep giving me good looks out there. I need it. [They are the] No. 1 defense to me, real talk."
On his thoughts on people looking up to him as a role model: "It's pretty dope. I had role models growing up, looking up to guys like Michael Vick and stuff like that. They're embracing me, and I'm going to show up and show out."
On the fans feeling like family: "Definitely. 'Lamar! Lamar! What's up?' [I'm like,] 'I don't know your name, but alright!' It's all good."
On if he enjoys that the new offense is unlike any other in the NFL: "Definitely. Coach [John Harbaugh] was talking to us last night. He was getting me pumped up talking about the new revolution, changing [everything] and stuff like that. I felt like we were about to play Miami. I was pretty pumped. I was thinking we were about to play today. I was like, 'OK, coach. I'm all-in!' The whole team was all-in. Coach was saying some real stuff up there. We just have to all join in together and go out there and compete and have fun."
S Earl Thomas III
On if he feels like he is playing on the best secondary in the NFL: "It's too early to say that. We still have to play games. We have to start dominating. We have to start building together and working on that chemistry."
On how the chemistry amongst the secondary is progressing: "Today, we had a great communication day, and that's the biggest thing. As long as we communicate, then we'll be the best secondary. But if we don't communicate and people keep their secrets out there, it's hard to play together. Today, we did a great job. It started off with Tony [Jefferson]. Tony, he knows this defense. He's making me more comfortable. He's given me more confidence. When we talk about a play, we hit a call, we talk about it, I know it. Now I can communicate to Jimmy [Smith]. Now I can talk to the WILL. It's a trickle effect."
On how much more comfortable he is with the secondary now compared to earlier in the offseason: "[I am] much more comfortable. Every practice we have, every walk-through we have, is only going to add to that confidence."
On how he feels about his big-picture transition, moving from the West Coast to the East Coast and adjusting to many changes:"I feel really good. This organization has put my body through a lot. Even with the run test – in Seattle, we didn't have a run test – you can't even practice if you don't pass the run test. And that run test is no punk. Everybody on the team passed it, and it's a feeling of great accomplishment. When you're pushing them like that, it's only going to bring great results on the football field."
On if he was surprised by the difficulty of the run test:"Yes. I feel like I trained pretty well in the offseason, but I thought I was going to throw up at the end."
On how he feels about playing alongside S Tony Jefferson:"Really good. He makes me comfortable back there. He's communicating with me. He knows the defense. When a guy tells you, basically, 'This is your job and your responsibility during this play,' when you [don't] have any grey areas, it clears everything up for you."
On if his leg has been causing him any discomfort after breaking it last season:"It hasn't been bothering me lately. I did the run test. I did the field work. I did the walk-through. That was, really, a big load. So, when I got out of bed this morning, I jumped up. I was like, 'OK, how does my body feel?' It felt pretty good."
On if he takes care of his body differently after breaking his leg: "When you're younger, you don't have to take care of your body. They tell you [to], but you just don't do it. You're hard-headed. But now, I have to hit the cold tub. I have to hit the sauna, do a little contrast. I'm trying to fly my masseuse in so I can get that on schedule. You have to invest a lot of money in your body, especially when you hit my age."
On what he sees in QB Lamar Jackson: "He's been dropping dimes. I haven't gotten my hands on a ball – yet. Everybody knows he's a great athlete. My thing for him is, I just don't want him to get caught up in, 'You have to be a pocket-passer. You have to do this.' No, Lamar, you be who you are. You be special. If you have to take off, take off. Make the defense work. When you make a defense tired like that, then the game opens up, play-action opens up, the run game opens up. Everything opens up."
On if the Ravens' secondary has the potential to be the best secondary in the league:"We definitely have the potential to be the best. And it starts with attitude, which we already have. So, now it's just getting to kick-start everything and making sure we're on the same page. Communication – I go back to that, because that's big for us. We have it all. We're going to hit. We're going to fly around. We're very physical and fast. We have big corners on the outside. Tony [Jefferson] has the juice at the strong safety. 'Tay' [Tavon Young] has it locked up at the nickel. We got it. And we have people coming off the bench, that's nice, as well, with 'B' [Brandon] Carr. We have all the pieces. We have depth. We just need to keep communicating."
On how refreshing it is to be part of a new team:"It's very refreshing. My energy level is great. It's good to be around the guys. I needed this fresh start."