Get pumped for more OTAs on a Tuesday.
The players will be back at it this afternoon, but coordinators Jim Schwartz and Mike Groh spoke this morning ahead of the practice session.
- on looking back at the Super Bowl – objective is to win the game and we won the game, at the end of the year we divide up all of the games and look at cut ups, look for trends in scheme, things we can do better, try to anticipate changes that we need to make.. Super Bowl analysis was no different than any other game
- were excited to get Paul Worrilow, has an extensive special teams background and we respected what he did as a player, it’s certainly a loss to us, but injuries at this time of the year gives you time to “chart different courses”
- weakside linebacker: plan is to have competition and see what comes of it, open minded for all positions at this time of the year, wouldn’t consider anybody getting a “first look” at this time of the year, reps are geared more towards young players than veterans, there really isn’t a depth chart or a first group in the summer.. “nobody is earning any starting jobs now”
- slot corner: similar to linebacker, you’ll see a lot of different guys in there, Mills, Killings, Bausby, Jones – Sidney wasn’t in the slot on day two of OTAs, some guys they’ll keep strictly outside, but they will cross train slot/outside and safety/corner as well, had Malcolm Jenkins be very flexible last year – “we value versatility”
- Rasul Douglas, more of a “main outside” guy, but you’ll see him inside occasionally based on how offense lines up
- Michael Bennett: “I don’t have any comment on participation or attendance” (asked about how he fits in – versatile, fits our scheme, pressure the quarterback, line up inside and on the end, veteran guy)
- all players deal with some sort of injury during the year, nobody is ever in tip-top physical condition once you start the season
- Josh Sweat – young player, explosive, can get off the ball and create penetration, has a great future with some challenges, being a rookie and trying to learn and overcoming the knee injury
- no comment on reports he interviewed for the Giants’ head coaching job – “way too long to recover (anything regarding that)”
- on releasing Mychal Kendricks – question for Howie and Doug, but not every year can be the same, Patrick Robinson, Beau Allen, Vinny Curry all moving on, have to deal with turnover as a coach, “we just deal with the guys that we have”
- on Nigel Bradham – biggest contribution last year was being the defensive playcaller when Jordan Hicks went down, #1 thing we’d like to see him do better is to finish more plays that he could have made (dropping interceptions), “he brought that up, wanting to finish plays”
- excellent relationship with Doug Pederson, didn’t have prior history together, but working together to plan OTAs and move into training camp
- “it’s not my offense, this is our offense, it all starts with coach” – will work collaboratively to evolve offense while also keeping in place a lot of the things that provided success last year
- Sees the game as a quarterback even though he’s been coaching the wide receivers, “I’ve always seen the game through the eyes of a QB,” looks forward to being involved and engaged with them more. Hopes his relationship doesn’t change with the receivers.
- on Jay Ajayi – says the RB is really enjoying having a full offseason with the team, has a certain amount of comfort now being in Philadelphia
- on Mike Wallace – first thing that jumps out is his speed, gives the team a home run threat like Torrey Smith, still trying to learn the system, so there will be an evolution there
- credit Nelson Agholor for the season he had, first in the building, last to leave, was open minded on what it took to improve his game, Pederson suggested becoming a slot receiver last summer and he was open to making the change
- Mack Hollins’ role – “it’ll play itself out.. did a great job coming in as a rookie and contributing to our season last year.” You’d like to see a guy make a jump in his second year, hopeful he’ll do that.
- Markus Wheaton – been pleased with how he’s gone about his business, he obviously has straightline speed, can’t speak to reasons why his numbers declined, had some injuries, which would impact anybody’s numbers
- thinks he’ll be downstairs on the sidelines during games, but nothing confirmed yet
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