Skip to main content
Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles News

Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury report and opening remarks: "Okay, we've got (DE) Victor Abiamiri, (G/T) Todd Herremans and (C) Jamaal Jackson are on the PUP list. It's good to get everybody back out here today. We've changed up the schedule just a little bit from what we've done in years past. We didn't have the conditioning drill this morning. The guys had gotten that done before they left for the summer. We had a couple guys that weren't there that last part of the last mini-camp. They came up early, they knocked it out and everybody passed and is in good shape. We had a good workout this morning. We did all fundamental work, so there was no teamwork. It was a good time just to get back into the flow of technique and fundamentals. We did that for about an hour and then we had the 10/10/10 practice this afternoon. Obviously it's too early to tell on the production of anybody right at this point, but we'll suit it up tomorrow and we'll get after it tomorrow. I think the guys are looking forward to it. Again, they seem to be in good shape and ready to roll."

On whether there is any reason for the change in conditioning: "Well, we've done it for the last 11 years. Last year I contemplated on changing it, and so this year I finalized it. We had some nicks coming out of that thing, or in this practice here, or that first practice. That kind of contributed to fatiguing them with their legs and so on. I thought I'd give it a little change-up and try something new."

On whether the new strength and conditioning program had anything to do with the change: "No, not necessarily. (Former strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolf) and I talked about it last year doing it and (head strength and conditioning coach) Barry (Rubin) and I talked about it again this year and talked with (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) about it the last couple of years. I decided it was a good thing to do this year."

On whether there will be a change with the contact at camp: "No. We'll see how it goes tomorrow."

On whether he plans on giving some of the rehabbed players a couple days off: "Well, we're going to watch them is what we're going to do. We'll just see how they're doing. Rick and I will meet on the players twice a day, so we'll have a good feel. We've highlighted a couple guys here that we'll want to make sure we keep an eye on."

On how relieved he was that DE Brandon Graham signed his contract and got into camp in time for the first full team practice: "Well, a couple things. I think (president) Joe Banner did a phenomenal job with it and Joel (Segal) did a phenomenal job on Brandon's side. I think Brandon the whole time wanted to be here. This first round thing was a little crazy this year, so it's good to get him in. It looks like he's been working and we'll see how he does here."

On whether he thinks that the big roster turnover will create some more competition than in years past: "Well, every year I tell you that we try to strive to have competition at all spots. Obviously when you have established veterans, you present the competition to them and they take it that way. However, it's probably a little bit more solid situation than if you're a younger guy. I guess just with that there might be a little bit more. We're trying to present it at every position and that's what (general manager) Howie Roseman does with his crew and I think there are some situations here where there's going to be good competition."

On whether LDE will be a position that will present some competition: "You know my feeling on the defensive line. If I can come out of there with eight guys that can play, two at each spot, I'm great with that. If there's more, the more the merrier. You can't have enough good defensive linemen. So I like to rotate those guys and throw those fastballs at the offense."

On whether he feels DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is more of an outside guy opposed to an inside guy: "Well, he does both. He did both in college. Again, he had a lot of sacks actually at each position, but probably more on the outside than on the inside. It gives us a little flexibility there to see what he can do."

On whether he believes WR DeSean Jackson is content with his contract: "Yeah, I think he just wants to concentrate on football, he doesn't want to be disrupted by any, I guess, questions on contracts or anything else. He's focused in and he's in a good place. You saw him out here today, he had one play here where you felt he read the thing the wrong way and he was very angry at himself, so he's ripping and ready to go. He did a great job on his conditioning test. He's in phenomenal shape, so I think he just wants to focus on football. He loves to play, and I think that's where he's at right now, and he's all business right now. And that's a good thing."

On whether Jackson is his number one punt returner: "Right now, yes."

On G Max Jean-Gilles' weight loss: "He looks like he's ready to pose for Esquire. He's looking good. He looks good and that will help Max. Max is a good football player, and I know about weight problems, so he'll be more effective, even more than what he was before. I think from a life standpoint, it'll help."

On how DE Brandon Graham looks physically and if he wanted the rookie to put on weight: "Yeah, he added a couple of pounds. I think it's good weight. It looks like he's been working, and I think he'll be ready to go. We'll see how he does."

On whether he thinks he will have to rely on more young players on defense this year than in any other season: "I think we have a stable of them that we can look at them, and how many actually work in the plan, we'll see over the next couple of weeks here, how many work into the rotation. I know we have a number of them. It's just a matter of getting out here and playing now."

On what he looks for in a defensive lineman since they cannot hit the quarterback during training camp: "You're right, the quarterback's dead in training camp, but then you have the preseason game, so you have that end of the evaluation process, but you can tell if a guy can defeat the player over him and would have an opportunity at least to make the sack and most of these defensive linemen, once they get to that position they're pretty good at that, so it's just a matter of beating that offensive lineman."

On whether Saturday's first full-contact practice will help start to answer some of the questions he has about the team: "Listen, I don't think they'll all be answered tomorrow. That's not realistic, but I think that that situation, day after day, will tell you something. I'm always curious to see when they get into that third and fourth day of camp, and you're tired mentally and physically, and how you respond then."

On when he normally sees players beginning to stand out during training camp: "They're all different. There are some guys that aren't very functional their first year and they come back their second year and do well, so they're all different. You can't pick one spot. Some guys do better in games than they do in practice, and some guys do better in practice than in games and you have to go through it and evaluate each guy individually. And we do that. We evaluate every play and keep it open with the players, they can know where they stand every day."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.