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SS Quintin Mikell

On the balance between hitting and being prepared for the season: "There's no question about it, a lot of teams are moving away from it. But, we have a proven system here and no matter how hard it is for us here, it's been proven. Every year if you look at the end of the season, we're peaking at the right time. So I think that it is tough and it's hard going through it, but realistically at the end, the end result is all that matters and we usually do pretty well."

On the discussion between veterans and new players when they come into this training camp: "It is a little bit of a shock. We try to warn them beforehand but, at the end of the day it's football. I think that once guys realize that we've always won games and it's a system that's installed and you really can't do much about it. I think it's a shock at first, but once you get used to it you'll be alright."

On whether he ever questions the system when players are getting injured: "No, it's part of the game. That's all you can do; these things happen. It's unfortunate. We work really hard, and anytime anybody goes down it sucks. But we've just got to go out there and do what we've got to do."

On whether he's curious to see how the secondary is going to function in the preseason game: "I'm excited for it; I think we've got a good challenge. (In Patriots QB) Tom Brady, you're talking about one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. And then of course (WR) Randy Moss and (WR Wes) Welker and all those guys, so I think it's going to be a good challenge. I know they're going to be ready to play—they're excited about it and we're excited. I'm looking forward to it."

On how the new secondary affects rushing the QB: "Any secondary—good, young guys, old guys—getting pressure on the quarterback helps and I think that as much pressure as we can get from our front four that's only going to help. But, obviously on the back end we've got to get some coverage sacks too. I think we've got guys that are ready to step up for the challenge, it's just all of us getting on the same page, knowing where each other are going to be and then working through those up and down times that happen during the season."

On whether they were heckling new QB Matt Nagy: "Not much. We were all paying attention to him. He looked pretty good out there. He's got a nice arm and he's moving around pretty good. We saw in the two-man drill he had a lot of confidence. It's a pretty interesting story. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do on Thursday."

On whether or not there's a reason CB Ellis Hobbs wasn't taking many reps today: "I didn't really notice that. I'm not sure what's going on with him but, I think he'll be ready for Thursday if there is anything wrong."

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