On CB Chris Houston's missing today's practice: "Yeah, his hamstrings are tight. He couldn't really warm up. There's no injury. But like I said, we've got a lot of guys we try to sort of shut them down before the situation gets worse. We've had knees, we've had hamstrings and that's kind of camp. That stuff happens but there was really no injury there."
On T Jonathan Scott: "Yeah, he's probably half way between long term and short term. He's a little bit more than day-to-day. You know, he hurt his knee out here. There's been no surgery, but we're still waiting for him to round out to be able to play, so it's taking a little bit longer."
On RB Joique Bell and the transfer of success in college football to success in the NFL: "There are so many players; it's about finding a scheme that fits their talents. It doesn't matter how good a player is if you're running a different scheme. I mean, I think we've seen that a lot of times with some of these quarterbacks in college that have run spread and you know, don't have a future. Some guys do and some guys don't.
"Joique is a power runner. He's sort of bounced around a little bit in the NFL and he just needs to sort of know what he does well and do it and hope it's a fit for the team. He's good enough; he's lasted this long even though it's been up from the practice squad, down from the practice squad, things like that. But even that is a tremendous accomplishment. It's about finding that niche and like I said, a lot of that is going to come from training camp. It's going to come from preseason games. He's done a good job late in our season when we picked him up, had a good offseason, had a really good day today."
On LB Travis Lewis having the capacity to learn schemes quickly: "I don't want to jinx him, but he has really done outstanding - No. 1 physically and No. 2 being able to pick up the schemes. It's one thing knowing what to do and it's another thing being able to do it when the offense is coming out quick and motioning and changing tight end and doing all those different things. He's never once had any kind of problems adjusting pretty quickly to a very complex scheme. It says a lot about him, it says a lot about his coaches and his experience at Oklahoma."
On the RBs working with Shawn Jefferson today: "Coaches coach with their personality, you don't want to do something that's different. Shawn is definitely a lot more animated and it's fun to get those guys a change and go through. They ran through the gauntlet, worked their hands a little bit. Also, they finished well today. There's something to be proud of, the way they practiced today."
On RB Coach Sam Gash: "Yeah, when you're a fullback, Sam went to some Pro Bowls, but generally you don't get a whole lot of recognition when you're a fullback. Your success comes from the success of the running back, the guy that's carrying the ball. The great fullbacks have all taken pride in their running backs rushing for 1000 yards. Sam did that and it's one of the reasons that Curtis is going to the Hall of Fame, blockers like Sam. So he deserves to participate in that induction and that's great here because we're fairly close that we can accomplish something like that."
On the injuries in the secondary: "We're continuing to get some work done. You know, the one guy who has been down just a little bit longer than expected has been Delmas. But again, we're not going to put him out there if he's still sore. But Delmas has played a lot of football for us and has done well. It gives other guys some opportunity to step in and get more reps. We're not at the point now that we can't go out and accomplish anything. We still got a lot of work to do, got a lot of young players back there that need every single rep that we can get them. It's been good for those guys."
On having S Louis Delmas sidelined during training camp: "Yeah, you know, in training camp we're trying to go and work and do the best thing we can. Some of those it's going to be better for some guys to not work that day. This is the longest stretch that these guys work through the whole year. I mean, we have OTAs, we generally have off days in between and we don't come out every single day. When you're practicing in the regular season, there's three real work days during the week with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. We're playing on Sundays and we're off on Tuesdays and we generally don't practice Mondays. Saturday's a walkthrough. So there's plenty of times for those guys to get that rest. It's very difficult to get it in training camp, and a guy like Lou means a lot to our defense. Not only from his playing ability but just his personality. We miss having him out there, but then you look at it and we can get a good look at other guys back there and be able to help make decisions on those."
On greeting fans in the parking lot at 8 a.m.: "Yeah I just went and I had a little bit of time before practice. I wanted to say hello to some people who got here at 5:30 in the morning, six o'clock in the morning. That's earlier than I got here so I have a lot of respect for those guys that want to come out and see a training camp practice."