RAVENS THIRD DAY OF MINICAMP MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Head Coach John Harbaugh, Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees, Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman,
Wide Receivers Coach Bobby Engram, QB Joe Flacco and WR Steve Smith Sr.
Head Coach John Harbaugh
Opening statement: "Thanks for coming out; good to see you guys. Muggy day, but guys fought through it. We actually finished almost 20 minutes early – same number of plays we had planned for the full two-and-a-half hours. Our guys practiced really fast, so you like to see that. [I am] happy with where we're at and looking forward to where we're going."
Do you feel fortunate that you made it through the spring without any major injuries and feel fortunate in general? (Aaron Wilson) "Yes, good fortune. It's funny you ask that, because I was thinking about and reading about luck a little bit and good fortune. You feel fortunate every day when you're out here, and you feel fortunate to be around the kind of players we're around. How do guys get so much good luck? Sometimes you ask yourself. Part of it is just take more chances, take advantage of more opportunities, do more, work more, act on more things, talk to more people, build more relationships. It's amazing how much luck you have when you do those kinds of things, so we feel very lucky every single day."
John, is the groundwork in place for a successful training camp, and what things do you think you'll be looking at come late July? (Dave Ginsburg) "The training camp is built, so we have the reps built and all the practices built. All the situations are built in, every football formation look type that we want to work on. You learn a lot in the OTAs in terms of what you're going to be good at, you think, so you start steering in that direction a little bit more. And we'll try to keep evolving from that, because we're going to learn more as we go, and we'll adjust as we go. But, I'm looking for the young guys to step up. Our young guys probably get more reps than I can imagine anybody else getting, so we put our young guys in positions to compete for jobs. These rookies are going to have a chance to compete for jobs."
John, you're talking about formations. I saw you shift and do different things out there working on … Is that a result of anything, or is there something you want to work on? It's June, it's not January, but you're working on some stuff. (Stan White) "You noticed that? Yes, we are working on formations – legal formations, illegal formations, unexpected formations. And the first one we ran, you heard [Terrell] Suggs out there saying, 'That's not legal! That's not legal!' We've come to a … We will not assume that the referees are going to understand or always get it right when a formation goes out on the field, so we're working on everything."
*In terms of C Jeremy Zuttah, it was encouraging to see him get out here during individual drills. Do you feel good about him, maybe, being ready for the start of camp and T Rick Wagner, maybe? (Aaron Wilson) *"Yes, we do feel optimistic. I can't say for sure, because they're going to have to get cleared from a physical, but Jeremy [Zuttah] goes through all the non-full-speed stuff, and he looks good. It seems like they're on schedule, both of those guys, so we'll see."
John, can you talk a little bit about your running backs? (Mike Preston) "They've really done really well. Justin [Forsett] looks the same. He has a real knack for the scheme. He takes every rep. He runs every rep 50 yards into the end zone. He's just a great leader, a great example – leader by example. Lorenzo Taliaferro, some guys have written this – maybe you have – how quick he looks. He has good vision, and his feet look quicker to me, his burst. He has leaned up a little bit. He always has been good in pass protection. And then [Javorius] 'Buck' Allen is going to be interesting. We'll find out when the pads come on, but I have a feeling that he's going to be able to run this scheme really well. He has excellent vision – it looks like right now – plus, he has the lateral cut ability that's pretty special. It's going to be fun to watch those guys. [There are other] younger guys in there, too. Terrence Magee has done a great job, Fitzgerald Toussaint – those guys looks like NFL backs as well. You're right; we're excited about those guys."
**Coach, new year, new offense, how do you feel going into training camp with some of the younger players, and how is offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's system progressing? *(Nate Davis) *"The younger guys have been – like we said – put through the paces, so they have a chance now to know what they're doing and make plays. We have a lot of young, high draft picks, so that's something that we're looking at. We talked about 'Buck' [Javorius Allen], of course, Maxx [Williams]. Maxx tweaked something – I don't think it's serious – out here, but he didn't finish the practice. And then Breshad Perriman continues to really push himself. He makes some pretty spectacular catches and tried to make them all. But, they all have a lot of work to do as well."
John, you've talked about QB Matt Schaub on the field, but have you seen QB Joe Flacco benefit from his experience in this offense off the field at all? (Jon Meoli)"Yes. To me, it's a good observation. Matt [Schaub] has had a lot reps under his belt running this offense, and it's not exactly the same. A lot of the … Some of the drop-back stuff is a little different. Marc [Trestman] has had a big imprint on all of it, but the basics are there, and the foundation of the offense is the same. [Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub are] two guys kind of in the same place in their life. They're early thirties, they have young families, they're the same height – almost – they kind of look sort of alike. Although, I wouldn't tell either one of them that; they'd be insulted. *(laughter) *They enjoy being around each other."
John, you guys have mentioned OLB Steven Means a couple of times. What has jumped out about him as he progresses as a young pass rusher? (Aaron Wilson) "He's really explosive. He's really big and strong, and he has really long arms. So, this guy is like … He's like a young, big, gangly, crazy, almost out-of-control player sometimes, so that's going to translate to pads pretty well. We'll see."
John, I know you've been asked, but have you finalized your West Coast plans for whether you're going to stay out there during the regular season? (Luke Jones) "We have. We spent a little bit of time with some of the science on it, but really, what it came down to was a gut decision and talking to the players. And we decided to stay out the first week, like we said, and to also stay out the second trip we go out there. So, we'll be traveling to San Francisco, playing on Sunday, and then flying that night to Phoenix. And we'll be out in Phoenix until we play on Monday night."
Coach, are you going to do any clinics with your brother [University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh]? (Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne) "You just love stirring the pot!" (laughter) (Kevin Byrne: "I just so enjoyed that yesterday.") "You love stirring the pot!" (Stan White, Ohio State graduate: "Is Michigan cheating again?") *"OK, so now you're going to get me riled up, too. *(laughter) OK, Stan, let me ask you a question, OK? Where in the Bill of Rights, in the Declaration of Independence, does it say that you have to be a person of means to get your son or daughter – or son in this case, a football player – exposed to coaching staffs across the country? If I can't afford it, then I can only be within 50 miles of my hometown, only [attend] schools within 50 miles of my hometown? Obviously, a man of the people like yourself, that's not something you would agree with." (Stan White: "It's in the SEC constitution.") (laughter) "That's correct. Alright, thanks."
**You talked about the second trip. The first trip after Denver for Oakland, where are you guys going to be? *(Cliff Brown) *"We're going to be in the Bay Area. We'll be in the Bay Area, yes. I think it's down near San Jose State is where we'll be staying. I don't know the exact hotel right now, but that's where we're staying. So, we're staying out there for both trips."
Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees
*With the end of minicamp and now the break, is there a special or different tone to the final practice, or is it business as usual? *(Joe Platania) *"This practice right here?" *(Reporter: Yes.") "No, I think what you want to do is you want to go away with a good feeling. The biggest thing in OTAs and in minicamp is you know there are always three things we ask a defensive guy to be – tough, know what to do and give effort. We know they're all talented, or they wouldn't be here. The biggest thing in OTAs and minicamp is it is hard to really know toughness, other than maybe enduring the heat. But you really can't play physical, so that's going to come in training camp. But the other two are, really, the two that you really focus on, and that is knowing the assignments. We try to install everything so the guys have knowledge of what … We want to make sure our guys know what the calls are and that our defense is in place. Then No. 2 is to give effort, and I think the guys did an outstanding job. You want to really do that on the last day, because you really want to walk away from here with a good feeling."
**Dean, what you've seen now, what in training camp will you try to accomplish? Are there spots that you want to see? What are you trying to accomplish? *(Dave Ginsburg) *"Basically, the defense is installed, so we should have an idea when we come back, a pretty good [idea] – the new guys – of what to do. Now it's a matter of playing physical when the pads go on and being able to do that same thing – not think a lot – just react on defense, being able to play physical and fast. To me, that's the biggest thing coming out of training camp. It's a carryover from OTAs and minicamp, but then you add the toughness part to it, which is really the physical part. Because if you're out there thinking, and you're not sure, you're going to play soft, and we can't play soft. We want to find the guys that can go get it."
CB/RS Lardarius Webb had talked about wanting to have more turnovers. Is that something you guys emphasize, and how do you go about trying to emphasize that and create that? (Cliff Brown)"Actually, we've got a little system in place that guys get points every day for hustle, for pursuit, for tackling, for turnovers and all that kind of stuff. And those guys get very competitive in there when they put their name up on the wall and they see so many points, and if you don't have very many, you get ragged on a little bit. So, that's a little bit of an emphasis. The other things is 'Harbs' [John Harbaugh] put a little period in there that we call fundamentals, where we work on some kind of turnover every day. And the other thing is just emphasizing it in practice. I really think we probably had more picks in the OTAs this year, by far, and more batted down balls than I've seen here in a long, long time, at least in OTAs. Now, we've got to see how that carries over."
What kind of progress have you seen from ILB Arthur Brown throughout OTAs? (Brian Bower) "I think 'A. B.' [Arthur Brown] has taken a big step forward. I think he's feeling a little more comfortable with the defense. He has always been fast; he has always been a tough guy. His problem has always been, maybe, a little bit of thinking what was going on and sometimes that would make him slow to react. If he knows, he's plenty fast. He's a very fast linebacker. I think these OTAs and this minicamp, he has taken a big step forward, as far as understanding the defense and what he has to do."
Secondary was an issue last year. A lot of people have talked about how S Matt Elam is coming on, and you've added some depth. How do you feel about the way the secondary is? (Dave Ginsburg) "I like it. I like the fact … What I feel like is there are a bunch of guys that could be starters. I think the competition is going to be very keen in the fall and training camp. I don't think anybody has a position locked down. If you are a No. 1, you better hold on to it, because there's a No. 2 right behind you. I think we have some corners that are playing a little more aggressive. Now, that's in OTAs and minicamp. I feel really good at this point in time, but I'm also reserved enough to know that we have to play physical when the pads come on and be able to carry that thing over."
Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman
Opening statement: "Let me just start off by saying I just can't say enough about the coaches and the way they've grinded for the last four-and-a-half months to put this all together, because we have some new coaches, and we certainly have some new players. We have some great leadership with our players. They've done a great job. They've been extremely compliant. They're doing the things we ask them to do. Obviously, the work ethic and the culture is already there, so it has just been a pleasure to get started with them and work with them the last four-and-a-half, five months."
Marc, what have you seen from RB Lorenzo Taliaferro? This is your first time working with him. (Aaron Wilson) "I've been impressed with Lorenzo [Taliaferro]. He's fluid, he does everything right, he's in the right places, he understands our protection package. I feel really confident when he's behind Joe [Flacco] in the running game and in our pass protection scheme. He has had a very good camp. He has been very consistent. He has been where he's supposed to be, and he has run the ball well."
You've talked a little bit about your impressions of QB Joe Flacco, but what about [him having] four [offensive] coordinators in four years? Does that mean anything? (Dave Ginsburg) "Well, I think it's just a statement to him how flexible he is. He has the ability to work with different guys and positive things happen, and that's a good sign. I've enjoyed working with him. He has been extremely flexible and open-minded, and we're working together. We're doing this together to try to not only be consistent with the play that he has had, but to continually try to get better. He wants to get better, and that's exciting."
Do you feel fortunate to have a guy that has won? QB Joe Flacco has been the playoffs six times in seven years. (Dave Ginsburg) "I'm an unbelievably appreciative guy. I told that to the quarterbacks when we left every day. Before I walk in this place, I just say, 'Thank you.' I'm just so appreciative to be here, be a part of this organization and, certainly, to walk in a meeting room with Joe [Flacco] every day."
You're known for working with many different kinds of quarterbacks and versatile running backs, too. Versatility among wide receivers, is that still a bit underrated? How important is that? (Joe Platania) "I think that technique, really, is the standard for receivers in the National Football League. There's speed everywhere. There's speed on both sides of the ball, but you see it with Steve [Smith Sr.] every day. He's a technician, he knows how to get open, he knows how to work defenders, he knows how to beat bump-and-run. He's a great example for our young guys, because we have a number of young receivers here. So, they come in all different sizes, certainly, and we have them here. But at the end of the day, it's the guys that are really specialists that know how to get off the line and get open, and particularly when it's bump-and-run, because that's when it's usually crunch time."
**How much input will QB Joe Flacco have on the play-calling? *(Todd Karpovich) *"We're doing this thing together. That's how we do it. So, it's a process that goes on throughout the week of putting a game plan together – having discussions, talking back and forth and trying to set your list to put your list together and to line up your plays that [Joe Flacco] is most comfortable with, because we have a lot of good football plays. But what is he most comfortable with and what is going to help us win? And that's a combination of both, and that's what we do during the week. So really, [on] gameday, a lot of those decisions have already been made, and we've done it together."
What role do you envision for FB Kyle Juszczyk beyond lead-blocking? (Aaron Wilson) "I think we see in practice every day that Kyle has a lot of different kinds of abilities. He has an outstanding feel, obviously, as a lead blocker in the run game, but he's also a more than sufficient pass receiver in the flats and running routes. We have the ability to … [He is a] smart guy, obviously. We can move him around and create problems defensively, because when you have a fullback who can line up outside and do different things, you can certainly get coverage declarations, and you can keep teams off balance. This offense has done that in the past; that won't change in terms of using Kyle in that manner – both lining up in the backfield and being outside."
Wide Receivers Coach Bobby Engram
Coach, from a wide receiver standpoint, what have you seen differently between Gary Kubiak's offense compared to Marc Trestman's offense? (Brian Bower)"From a wide receiver standpoint?" *(Reporter: "Yes.") *"Not a lot. We're just trying to build on what we really started last year. There's a lot of carryover, but at the same time, Marc [Trestman] is doing some good things in protection and some routes situationally that will allow the guys to probably get deeper and handle some 'hots.' But there's a lot of carryover."
When it comes to technical reference points for receivers, you hear some refer to them as No. 1, 2, 3. Some refer to them as Xs, Zs and Ys. Is such stuff overrated, or does that really have importance because versatility is so prized today? (Joe Platania)"I think any time you can be a versatile player, its' great. And, obviously, in certain sets, you're going to have starters. I think that's where guys get labeled a No. 1 or No. 2. If you're a starter, you're probably a No. 1 or 2, but I just look at guys that can play. How can guys fit in and help this team win ball games? And again, the more versatile you are, the better you are, the more chance you have of getting on the field."
Coach, what can you tell us about WR Jeremy Butler? (Garrett Downing)"[Jeremy Butler] has had an unbelievable OTA and minicamp, in my opinion. I just think he really came back driven, he came back in great shape and he made a lot of plays. He's a guy that … He moves pretty fluidly. He's a big guy who's strong, [has] really good hands. He made a lot of contested catches in this camp. [We are] just looking forward to seeing how we can continue to allow him to grow."
Bobby, do you think the opportunity will be there for WR Marlon Brown to take a significant step forward this year? (Childs Walker)"Yes, Marlon [Brown] is a worker. You really saw Marlon come on strong the last half of last season, and we see the same thing in OTAs and minicamp. Some of the same things I just said about [Jeremy Butler] you can say about Marlon. He's made a lot of plays, and he understands multiple positions. He's a worker and he's a technician who's learning how to continue to hone his craft."
Coach, with young wide receivers – when they're having concentration drops – how do you coach that out of them? What is kind of the focus? (Aaron Wilson)"They have to work through it – concentration drops or whatever drops. You just come from catching the ball more and being more focused."
How competitive do you envision the receiving competition? That's the one most people talk about. (Aaron Wilson)"I see it as extremely competitive. I think you've got a room full of guys, honestly, that can play in this league. Obviously, we know the numbers won't allow that for the Ravens, but I'm very impressed. And that starts with Ozzie [Newsome, general manager and executive vice president], Eric [DeCosta, assistant general manager], Joe [Hortiz, director of college scouting] and all those guys and how they scout, and the coaches and their evaluations. [It's] just a collective effort to really bring a lot of good football players in here, and it's shown. So, I reap the rewards of that one."
Coach, I saw you working with WR Breshad Perriman on that release, and he's getting really good releases out of the slot. How do you feel about his progression, and is he what you thought he would be coming into this minicamp? (Turron Davenport)"We're pleased with where he is, and we just talked. He still has some work to do, as a lot of rookies do, but I'm excited about what he did. He came in here, he showed the speed we thought he had, and he caught the ball consistently. There are a few [catches] he knows he should have had. He worked his releases, he played fast, but there are just things we've got to continue to progress him on and that he's got to continue to work on to improve. And that's any receiver working his fundamentals."
What are the things you want to do with WR Breshad Perriman in order to get his hips looser and changing direction better? (Turron Davenport)"Our program here, we have all types of flexibility and proprioception, and the sky is the limit to how much time he's willing to put in. And he's a worker, and on the field, we just keep working the fundamentals, getting in and out of breaks, transitioning, tracking the ball, being aggressive back to the ball – all the things he's working on since he started playing receiver."
WR Breshad Perriman had the drop issue in college, and that was part of the rap on him. How do you address that? (Albert Breer)"I just think that you could do a cutup and show anybody having a few drops. He caught the ball really well here, and we expect him to keep catching the ball well."
Some people said WR Breshad Perriman was raw, too. What are the areas where you think he needs to maybe grow up? (Albert Breer)"Like I just said, fundamentals, getting off the jam, running off the ball, [getting] in and out of his breaks. But a lot of receivers that come into this league continue to have to work those things, so to me, I love what I see. We've just got to continue to build on it."
Can you talk about the influence a guy like WR Steve Smith Sr. to be able to help these guys come out here and work technique? (Turron Davenport)"It's invaluable, and [Steve Smith Sr.] and his leadership have been invaluable. You've got a guy that's 15 years in this league, and he doesn't have to be here [during OTAs]. But he came out here and worked hard every day. He put in the time physically, and he put in the time mentally to really grasp the changes that we were making and further enhance how he understood this offense. And, when he pulls a young guy aside, they're going to listen. And when they see his work ethic, they better listen. His experience and his leadership has been invaluable, not only for the receivers, but for our entire team."
QB Joe Flacco
On playing for four offensive coordinators in four years and whether it's less of a concern than the media portrays:"To me, it's less of what [the media] probably make of it. I'm very confident in what we do, and, you know, the goal is, when you're a coordinator, especially with the guys we've had, is to be head coaches again. So you have to, as a quarterback, be ready for anything, and I think that's just the mindset I take. And learning a new offense, I always say, is really not that big of a deal, especially this year. It's a little bit of new terminology, but it's more just a couple new concepts and things like that. The rookies are coming in here … I think it's probably tougher for them to learn this offense than it is for a guy who's been in the league eight years to learn something new, with little tweaks here and there. I think we're doing a great job. I think all of our young guys … It's impressive how well they've done in picking it up, getting in their books. I'm excited about it, and I'm not even thinking about the fact that we have a new coordinator."
On how the young receivers have progressed:"They're doing a great job. You can tell some of the young guys were probably a little worn out. We've had them here at five o'clock in the morning, and they're running, they're coming out and practicing, so you could tell that mentally and physically they were probably worn out a little bit. Jeremy Butler did … He might have had 1,500 yards in a three-day minicamp. He was incredible. He caught the ball extremely well. [He has] little things here and there to work on, but the biggest thing is catching the ball, and I think these guys are doing a really good job of that."
On whether Jeremy Butler's offseason performance has surprised him:"Not really, because he showed up last year during training camp and had a really good camp. He's just a big, strong body and catches the ball really well. It's exactly what he showed last year in training camp, I thought, and he's just coming out here and doing more of that."
On the biggest difference between Gary Kubiak's offense and Marc Trestman's:"Terminology-wise, it's pretty darn similar. We've tried to keep a lot of the formations the same, so it's not that tough on a lot of the guys that have been here for the last year. There are new concepts, and, obviously, he's a new guy and Marty [Mornhinweg, quarterbacks coach] is a new guy, so the way that they teach some of those things are different. But, a lot of it is similar, and I think we're trying to do some new things so that when teams come after us, we can hurt them a little bit more and take some hits off here and there. There are a couple more checks and stuff like that just to get us into the right things, but for the most part, we're running pretty similar things. It's just a matter of what they're saying versus how the guys last year might have been saying it."
On what he needs to work on moving forward after his best year statistically:"Listen, you always need to work on a lot of things. The biggest thing – I'm going into Year Eight – is just keeping my body physically healthy and going out there and allowing myself to give the best chance to be there for my team each week. But hey, working with Marc is going to be a new thing. So just keeping that communication as good as it has been right now and then just working on my feet constantly, trying to make sure I keep them as quick and constantly thinking about it and how it's going to match up in the passing game [will be important]. When I'm in the shotgun, a lot of that changes, so once again, thinking about how that's going to match up to getting the ball out on time [is important]. You're always learning new ways to protect things up, when to throw hot, so a lot of conceptual things and what's the best thing to do [is what I need to focus on]. I think the communication between me and Marc is going to help out a lot on that, but physically, I would say [it's about] just making sure I'm ready to go and can stay healthy through another season and always tying my feet into getting the ball out on time and being in good rhythm, good balance and all that stuff."
On specialization versus versatility at the wide receiver position:"I think you need to play the best no matter what, so I think we have a very good group of guys, and whoever that ends up being, I don't think you can worry about, 'Oh, we've got one really fast guy; we've got one really quick guy; we've got one big guy.' I think you've just got to play the best guys, the guys who catch the ball, the guys you get open. I think it obviously helps to have somebody that can run, somebody that can be big, and you know, if he can do all of them, that's great. I think we've got a good versatile group of guys, but I would say at the core of them is that they're all pretty strong, pretty good hands. And that's going to go a long way, because if you can go out there and you can run strong routes and get guys off you and then come back to the ball and catch it strongly, no matter how big you are, I think all of our guys do that well. I think that's going to bode well for us."
On whether he's going to use his time off to prepare or stay away from the game:"I've been in the league long enough to know how to prepare. You've got to go back and you've got to stay in shape, be ready to come back and grind it out in training camp for a couple weeks and stay mentally sharp, just because you don't want to lose the things we've been doing for the last couple months here. At the same time, you've got to relax a little bit and let your mind breathe before you get ready for the upcoming run that we hope to be going on."
On working with John Urschel, who has been playing some center:"John [Urschel] has been great. I didn't really … He's probably a guy who last year, I was just [saying], 'Please don't be in when he's in,' because I didn't want to have to take a snap from him and fumble it or something. But he's done a great job this year. I think he's doing a great job getting up there and making calls as quickly as he can and getting the ball back to me really well. I didn't really think that we skipped a beat with him in there this offseason. Obviously, it will be nice to get Jeremy [Zuttah] back."
On having QB Matt Schaub to help teach a new offense to young players:"I think I've always had a good relationship with the backups on this team, and it's always good to have those guys to bounce things off of and have a different opinion on things and just get conversation started. I think Matt's been great for that. I think he's been doing a great job out here with the young guys, getting them ready, keeping them up-to-speed and helping the whole team out in that way."
On his sense of how good the team could be:"You can get a feel for it, especially this week when we have everybody here. You have the offensive line all together. I'll tell you what, our young guys are just – they excite you. They seem like they work really hard, and they've come out here and they've been prepared every single day. Not everything has been perfect, but they've been prepared. I think we had a lot to build on from last year, and I think they're just making us better. I'm really excited about it."
On whether he and Schaub have found a working balance in regard to Schaub's role on the team:"This is Marc's [Trestman] offense, and Matt's been in it with Gary [Kubiak] and I've been in it with Gary, so we know certain things that are carried over. We know how Gary taught it, but at the same time, Marc's the offensive coordinator. And I want him to be his own man, and I want him to lead the way that he knows, and that's how we're going to be best. We're not going to be our best if he's trying to do it somebody else's way. He's going to do it his way, and I'm just trying to take that and learn the best I can."
On his thoughts about not returning to Baltimore after playing the Broncos and 49ers:"I feel good about it. Us as players, we're part of that communication. John [Harbaugh] asks us and looks for input. I'm one of the guys directly involved in making that decision, so I'm happy about it. I think it's going to be a good thing for us, I hope it is."
On how his wife feels about not returning after playing the Broncos and 49ers:"She might feel a little differently. But one of those games is in Arizona, and Dennis' family is out there, so I might fly her out there for one game. Who knows, you know? But yes, she might feel a little different than I do. I'm thinking that's going to be a week off from being dad. She probably is going to be in for it a little bit, just like this week. I've been here a little while and with training camp coming up, that's just part of being an NFL quarterback's wife. That's why you've got to get a strong one."
WR Steve Smith Sr.
On how he likes the new offense and whether it is any different compared to last season: "It is a new offense to some degree, because of the wording. There are very similar [terms]. It's still football. Those same football plays we ran last year, they were running in Chicago as well. And the wording is different, which entails … As the person who is going through and learning the nuances of wording, it kind of makes you second-guess yourself a little bit. This word meant this and there with 'Kub' [former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak], and now this word means we may be going different, opposite positions. So, it's some new nuances of it, but it's still ball."
On the last minicamp practice of the offseason being special or feeling different than the others knowing you have a few weeks to regroup: "I think if you are on this side of the injury report, it's always great. You know you have to go in there, you know exactly what you've done, what you're training has done, where it has led you to feel comfortable. Obviously, nobody's perfect, so you have some room to grow and improve and get better, and then that's what you do. You just kind of take some mental notes and know where you have to go and what improvements you need to make going into training camp."
On his impression of the young wide receivers who are competing for a job: "It's very competitive. Breshad [Perriman] was out there catching passes. Kamar [Aiken] stepped his game up tremendously. Marlon [Brown] has done what he always does, which is make plays. When I first came here last year, that's all they talked about was [what a] sensational rookie season he had and how he came out of nowhere. But he has been working his tail off. Then you've got my favorite, DeAndre [Carter]. Then 'Camp' [Michael Campanaro], unfortunately, pulled his quad, or whatever he did. So, you've got that going on, and he's going to come back raring to go. You've got Cam [Worthy] who is getting together what he has going on. So, it's a lot of guys out there that were showing some great flashes of things. It was only three days, so, I think, when you have camp [starting] … What is it, three weeks [from] now? So, however long … I'm used to it being six weeks. I'm actually going to sit back and watch it and just root for those guys and see them make plays. And, then Jeremy Butler – I don't think he has dropped a pass all camp. He is doing a fantastic job."