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Laremy Tunsil – June 16, 2016 Download PDF version

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Guard/Tackle Laremy Tunsil

(On how his spring went) – “Pretty good. I’ve still got to get better with a lot of things. Get in that playbook, learn those plays. Like I said, it’s been a good minicamp, but I still got to get better in a lot of different ways.”

(On the most difficult part about learning guard) – “Just adjusting to a new position. It’s a new position but there’s nothing hard about it. Like I said, I’ve got to get in the playbook, get everything down and get into shape.”

(On if he’s worried that he hasn’t been practicing with the first team) – “No, not at all. There’s a lot of good people in front of me. I’m just going to work every day to get better.”

(On if he feels like he has to earn his respect) – “Right. Just like you were in college when you were a freshman.”

(On how much he is looking forward to put on the pads in training camp) – “That’s the best part right there – putting the pads on. Just coming out with the team and hitting is a good thing.”

(On what he will do over the next five weeks) – “Work out, get in the playbook (and) still continuing to get better. You don’t want to be slacking off.”

(On if he is going to stay in South Florida for the next five weeks) – “I might go back to Mississippi.”

(On if he has a “hit list” for training camp of guys that were able to get by him in OTAs without pads on) – “Nah, no hit list. I’m just trying to get better.”

(On if he thinks it is fair to evaluate offensive linemen without pads on) – “I mean, yeah – athleticism and other things. But putting pads on is a different reason and a different thing so just wait until we get the pads on and everything should be good.”

(On if there was a little pushing and shoving out there today) – “(It’s) all fun and games. All fun and games, that’s all it is.”

(On what coaches are telling him about his technique and hand placement) – “Like I said, everything needs to get better. Everything needs to be in one motion. I still need to work every day at the position.”

(On the influence of T Branden Albert) – “Just somebody that’s been in the league nine years, you have to look up to him because he works hard and does everything right. That’s a good vet to look up to.”

(On what has impressed him about T Branden Albert) – “Everything. Everything he does from getting into the meeting rooms to doing everything on the field and going 100 percent. He’s teaching me everything. He’s a vet. He’s been here nine years so he’s doing something right.”

(On what he wants to accomplish between now and training camp) – “Just being in the best shape I can be and get in that playbook.”

(On what he has learned from the offseason program) – “I’ve never been through it before but it’s a process. Everything is going to come along one day. It’s just a process. I’m just continuing to get better, get in the playbook and everything will come to you.”

(On if he’s going to work out at Ole Miss) – “Probably.”

(On who he will work out with at Ole Miss) – “The strength coordinator, probably. I don’t have anybody.”

(On if he’s enjoyed himself so far) – “It’s football. This is your job so you got to enjoy it.”

(On the message that he has been getting from T Branden Albert) – “The message he’s been giving me is, ‘Go 100 percent, rook.’ He always says rook. ‘Go 100 percent, rook. Go 100 percent, youngster.’ He always says youngster. That’s a good thing to hear from a vet. He’s always inspiring (and he’s) somebody I can look up to.”

(On if ‘rook’ is something T Branden Albert will call him all year) – “I’m cool with that. You’ve got to earn respect somewhere.”

Mike Pouncey – June 16, 2016 Download PDF version

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Center Mike Pouncey

(On his vacation plans) – “I’ll go on vacation with my whole family this weekend. We’ll go down to the Bahamas and have a good time. But other than that, it’s time to get the mind right for training camp.”

(On Head Coach Adam Gase’s competitiveness at practice) – “He has been real competitive. It seems like it’s the offense versus the defense every day, which makes practice real competitive. I’ve heard a couple side bets floating around. It has been great out here. Guys really enjoyed this offseason. We got to build together as a football team. We built a lot of chemistry throughout these days that we were here in OTAs. We feel good going into training camp this year.”

(On Head Coach Adam Gase’s trash talk) – “He’s a very competitive guy. He’s young. It’s like one of the guys out here. He runs the ship the right way and we’re enjoying that he’s here and glad he’s our coach.”

(On whether he enjoys Head Coach Adam Gase’s competitiveness) – “We love it. It brings a competitive edge to practice. It gets guys better and ready to go out each and every day. We’ve been good this offseason.”

(On whether the tone will change for training camp) – “The tone definitely will change. When training camp is here, we’ll have on the pads. It’ll be like a full game every day. We’ll be excited to get better. (We) really feel good about this football team and what we’ve built all offseason. (I) can’t wait to get back around all the guys.”

(On whether the offensive line can be the unit with the most depth) – “We’ll see. Obviously, we feel like we got a lot of talent on (the) offensive line. We feel comfortable about the guys that we got in our room. This will be one of the first years in a long time we’ll have depth going into the season. As long as everyone stays healthy, we look forward to having a good year.”

(On what constitutes a good year for the offensive line) – “Keep the sacks down. Keep (Ryan) Tannehill on his feet. Obviously, we want a 1,000-yard running back. Our ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a championship. If we can accomplish that, we’ll be happy with everything.”

Adam Gase – June 16, 2016 Download PDF version

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Head Coach Adam Gase

(On QB Ryan Tannehill’s accuracy and if he’s where he wants him to be at this point) – “I’ll say this, there’s been a few throws where I’d like to see the ball placement to be a little better; but, there’s been a few times too where they haven’t been on the same page to where (Tannehill) is going (with the ball) to where he’s supposed to go and the receiver didn’t stem it vertical enough to where now it looks like it’s behind him. It looks like a poor throw but it’s really … That’s the development of the offense. You’re not going to be perfect from the get go. That’s why we’re practicing. That’s why we still have training camp and preseason games. We got some time here before we play a game.”

(On how much you can improve a quarterback’s footwork and how does he do it) – “It’s something that you kind of got to know what they’ve done in the past and then whatever you do want to do (to improve their footwork), you got to drill it. That’s the great thing about the amount of time that we’ve allowed for the individual period. We focus on things like that and what we want to do under center compared to the gun. And so you really have to drill it and you have to work on it. You got to spend a lot of time. You got to know it’s going to be a slow process.”

(On what QB Brandon Doughty has to show him to make the team) – “He’s made a lot of strides since he’s been here. I think a lot of it comes with knowledge of the offense. The thing that’s been interesting about him is that he seems to find completions. When I look at a lot of our film over the last three weeks before this week, even when he was wrong with where he was going, somehow he’d complete the football. He’s kind of got this knack of … He just sees the open guys. Sometimes you’re like ‘Why’d you throw it there?’ He’s like, ‘He’s open.’ He has something about him in that capacity of he can find completions.”

(On if there is a benchmark that he wants his quarterbacks to be at for completion percentage) – “I think every game is different. You kind of look at what you did and then is it a throw behind the line of scrimmage? Is it under 10 yards? Is it down the field? If you look at the way the league has been really going, everything’s under 10 yards right now. You’re seeing a lot of catch-and-carry type plays and I think a lot of it is because the defenses have become so fast. The defensive ends are so much faster than the tackles. Something that (Chicago Bears Head) Coach (John) Fox used to tell me all the time, he would just remind me constantly (that) it’s the worst matchup in football. He would remind me of that and if we got in trouble in a game and the quarterback was getting hit, it was just kind of that reminder and that meant ‘Alright, hey, let’s get the ball out a little sooner.’”

(On how he feels about the state of the team and if it’s where he would hope) – “Well, this being the first year, I feel good about how it looks, at least to us, on tape. From where we were that first minicamp – going through the phases – and now where we’re at. You look at today’s practice and yesterday’s practice, and what the temperature was outside, the effort that you see, the energy that’s brought to practice. Today is an easy day to just kind of be like ‘Hey, we’re really done.’ It’s not a long practice and they mail it in. Our guys didn’t do that. They came out there, they worked every minute and you saw great energy and you saw guys that were excited to be out there. And that’s what we’re looking for.”

(On how much he is active with the quarterbacks and the receivers) – “Today was something that I wanted them to get accustomed to something that we’re going to do during the season – that tempo, that period, making sure that you’re doing the right thing. It’s one of those drills where if you just watch the guy in front of you and he does it right, all you have to do is copy what he does and usually it’s like the fourth group that goes and somebody screws it up. That’s when you can get frustrated. But you want to make sure, and I know all our coaches are thinking the same thing, just make sure our energy level is great and that’s going to bring up everybody else. If a guy’s not really where he needs to be, if we’re up (as coaches), it’s hard for a player to be the one guy that’s not at that level and you can raise him up.”

(On what on the field please him the most during the offseason program) – “I think just the competition. I think the mistakes that are made schematically can be fixed easily off of tape. But if you bring that energy, enthusiasm, that competitive nature every day that’s going to be our best chance to keep getting better and making sure that when you hit the season, you’re getting better every week instead of kind of flattening out or having an off week. You just got to make sure every day you’re getting better.”

(On what sort of schedule or plans does he have over the next month) – “Our coaches, we’re off with the players. We come back a few days before the players but really, for the most part, our training camp stuff is already set up for the most part, as far what we want to do, especially early. We do like to have some flexibility, so if we get through eight practices we can make some adjustments. But our guys will be taking some time off and I’m sure a lot of guys will either be going out of town or spending time with their families.”

(On his plans specifically) – “I know I’ll be hanging out with my family for a few weeks at least.”

(On what he wants out of G/T Laremy Tunsil over the next five weeks) – “This goes with everybody – we just can’t have guys that just don’t do anything. It’s not 20 years ago where you got six weeks to work into shape. You got to hit the ground running. You got to be ready to go. It’s going to take a second to get back into football shape, but you can’t be grossly out of shape. You got to stay in your (play)book. Because if you come back and you don’t know what to do, it’s going to be a problem because you’re going to play slow.”

(On how challenging it is for G/T Laremy Tunsil to be learning two positions?) – “So the way that we looked at it was when you put a guy on the left side he’s playing the two positions that are really … They’re making the calls together, whether it be in the run game or the pass game. So it’s not like he’s learning something completely different. He’s working on different sides of the ball and that’s kind of why we said we know that he’s going to be on the left side. So what we ended up doing was we put him out there and whether it is left guard or left tackle, it’s easy for him to kind of go back and forth. That’s why I always appreciate those guys that you see coming in that say yeah (I) can play right tackle, right guard (and) left tackle. What we (as coaches) never understand, because a whole lot of guys didn’t play that position … I learned this from (Offensive Quality Control) Chris Kuper, it’s a big difference when you go from the right to the left. It’s a completely different view with your peripheral vision and things and when guys can do that, that’s something that we don’t really take pleasure in the fact that that’s a tough thing to do.”

(On G/T Laremy Tunsil and if he is where they want him to be right now) – “He has got a lot of room to get better. Any position that you play as a rookie, it’s a different, different animal. It’s funny, we were actually talking with him and a couple other guys, (and) we were talking about how training camp is going to be another speed. Preseason is going to feel like another speed. And then when you hit the regular season, it’s a completely different speed. When you get to the playoffs, you’re talking about guys playing, really, for one thing. The paycheck is … Everybody is making the same amount of money. You’ll see a completely different speed there.”

(On RB Kenyan Drake and WR Jarvis Landry missing practice) – “(Kenyan) Drake, obviously, we saw him limp off (yesterday). He is going to have to get healthy as fast as possible. He’ll be ready to go for camp. Jarvis (Landry), he had a personal thing to deal with today, so I excused him and told him to make sure he took care of that.”

(On his coaching style) – “I want guys to have fun. I want guys to be able to come out there and be who they are. I don’t want anybody to feel like they can’t be themselves. By getting things going – whether it’s DJing myself or with (Linebackers Coach Matt) Burke or letting (Wide Receivers Coach) Shawn Jefferson be a vocal guy on our offensive side – I want that. I want guys to be who they are. I don’t want them to try to be somebody they’re not.”

(On what he saw from G Dallas Thomas this spring) – “He did a good job. He kept getting better. I think what we did in the weight room this year … I think (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach) Dave Puloka and his crew did a great job as far as making sure that those guys were able to get stronger and increase their weightlifting. That was a big focal point of ours, and we felt like we were going to help both our fronts if we did that. We knew we had to spend time on it. That was the biggest thing. We were like, ‘We have to give them their time.’ As coaches, you want to get ahold of them and you want to spend all this time on the field and the classroom, but at the end of the day, those first two phases are built (to) let them get stronger, let them get faster, let them get in shape. That was our goal. I think (Dallas Thomas) really embraced that. To me, when I watch film from the past and I look at some of the things he was doing this year, I feel like you can see that. I think it was him really embracing what they were doing in the strength room.”

(On his offseason routine) – “I have a little routine I go through when I’m not here and out of town. I’ll have a thing that I do as far as I’ll take a block during the day and say, ‘I’m going to work on these three things for the next week.’ It’s really the same procedure that I’ve gone through, probably, for the last three or four years. I always like to keep my mind fresh and make sure that maybe I can learn two or three things over the summer, whether it’s watching another team, whether it’s watching another college team. (I am) always trying to find a way … Maybe there’s one thing we can get that we can put into training camp that’ll help us.”

(On WR Jakeem Grant) – “I think the offense is a little different than what they did in college and the terminology, obviously, is a little more than what they did. He has done a good job of picking everything up. Sometimes, it’s almost like we have to slow him down. He’s so fast that he has got to learn how to play at that speed (and) be able to cut, stop. You’ll see him slipping every once in a while, and that’s when he’s going too fast. If we can get him under control as far as how he understands that, ‘You pulling back a little bit is still faster than everybody.’ Once he realizes that, he’s going to really make strides there and be able to really have a great route tree.”

(On whether teammates joke with WR Jakeem Grant about his height) – “I don’t know. I guess I haven’t seen … I’ve seen him more being the guy that jokes about things like that. I haven’t really heard a lot of the guys giving too much (to him). You know what I’m saying? Too much as far as his height and stuff. He’s probably more (of) the aggressor in that.”

(On his message to the team while they are away from the facility) – “You always want them to be smart. I think a lot of times a lot of guys in this profession, they just forget who they are, who they represent. (You have to) understand what kind of situation you are putting yourself in. That’s a decision you have to make for the next five weeks: what’s the most important thing in your life? Hopefully, they get a chance to take a break, but at the same time, they make good decisions.”

(On the team’s leadership) – “The first thing that I learned is there’s more than I think a lot of people gave guys credit for. I think a little bit of it is, if you let their personalities come out, you’re going to see more guys take that leadership role. I think it has given them the opportunity to do that and given them some ownership of, ‘This is your locker room. This is your building. The way that you treat people – the way that you function throughout the building – it should be important to you, because this is where you spend a lot of your time.’ I think we’ve had a lot of guys step up, and if somebody gets out of line, they get straightened up pretty quick. It’s something that not a lot of things have gotten back to me, which is great. As a head coach, the less that gets brought to you where it’s things that are non-football related, that’s less time that you’re spending on that stuff and you’re focused on the important things.”

(On T Ja’Wuan James) – “He has done a good job. He has been what we thought coming into this thing. We want to see him keep getting better. He has done a good job as far as he knows what to do. He has always seemed to be that guy that where he gets beat, he somehow recovers and does what he needs to do as far as protecting the quarterback. We like where he’s at right now. We want to make sure when we get into camp, he keeps doing the right things, he keeps taking care of his body, keeps getting stronger. As long as he stays in his playbook and he understands what his responsibility is in this offense, we’ll be alright.”

(On how CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu looked during practice) – “He seems like he’s trying to make sure that he’s feeling good going into training camp. I think getting going a little bit this week was good for him (to) get that right mindset, so now in the next five weeks, he can keep getting stronger and getting his conditioning up and feeling good about going into training camp and hitting on all cylinders and cut it loose.”

(On not having a veteran in the nickel position) – “We got a lot of guys that aren’t veterans. It is what it is. We’re young, but that’s not going to be an excuse. Nobody is going to care when it comes September. Nobody is going to be like, ‘You guys are young.’ Nobody cares. You just got to figure out a way to win.”

(On how to evaluate the running backs’ pass blocking skills at this stage) – This is tough. You want them to get in the right position. When you get into training camp and you put the pads on, they got to do it. You’re going to know pretty quick. They’re either going to turn it down – even though it’s not live – or they’re either going to turn it down or they’re going to step in there and thud them up and stick on their blocks. When you get in the preseason, that’s where you really got to figure out when you get the live contact and tackling and all those things. When they do it there, that gives you a good indication of what it’s going to be like in the season.”

Reshad Jones – June 15, 2016 Download PDF version

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Safety Reshad Jones

(On what made him come back today) – “I miss my teammates. I feel confident that the organization and my agent can work something out. I’m here to play football.”

(On if he came back without a guarantee that he can work something out) – “Yeah. I can’t control that right now. I am happy to be here. I am happy to be back out here with my teammates and I’m ready to play football.”

(On what he wanted to accomplish with the holdout and if he accomplished it) – “Nothing. All contract talk I leave that for my agent and the organization. Like I said, I am happy to be out here. It’s exciting to be back with my teammates and I am here to play football.”

(On if he wanted to be out here) – “Yes. I miss the game. I don’t want to bring distractions to the team. I talked to a couple of my teammates and I wanted to be back out here with these guys working and getting everything done. Like I said, I feel confident about my agent and the organization will work things out.  I’m here to help this team win football games.”

(On if it is tough not having guaranteed money) – “I can’t control that right now. Like I said, I’ve been playing football all of my life and I was blessed to play a high level. All I can do is come out and continue to play like I have been playing and help this team win football games.”

(On his conversations with his teammates about not starting camp) – “It was tough. I love this game. I was missing my teammates – missing the camaraderie with the boys and my coaches. Like I said, I’m just happy to be here, happy to enjoy this moment and to get back to playing football.”

(On his impression of new defense and how he fits into it) – “It’s pretty much the same stuff we’ve been doing. Different terminology. I feel good about plugging in my same spot on this defense and helping this team.”

(On Head Coach Adam Gase saying he wasn’t worried about Reshad learning the defense) – “He feels confident in his players. I’m a seasoned vet now. Like he said, it’s pretty much the same defense. (I) got a couple of reps today and it felt great. (I’m) just ready to come out to continue to play football and help this team win.”

(On how he stayed in shape) – “I have one of the best trainers in the business in the world in David Alexander down in Miami. I work out with him every day. I feel good.”

(On playing in an attacking defense) – “I fit right into the scheme. Like I said, it is pretty much the same stuff we’ve been doing. You will see the same 20. Like I said, I am just excited right now – taking it all in. I feel good to be back out here running around with my teammates.”

(On if he can improve his numbers from last year) – “I just try to get better each and every year. I’m not worried about numbers and stats right now. I just want to continue to get better and get this defense down. Whatever I can do to help this team win, that’s what I am here to do.”

(On his goals for the season) – “To continue to be consistent. Come out and be the consistent player that I have been and get better. Work on something small or the little things and continue to get better.”

(On if he will be here for the start of training camp) – “Yes. I am here. Everything is behind me. I’m ready to play football.”

DeVante Parker – June 15, 2016 Download PDF version

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wide Receiver DeVante Parker

(On why he missed a few practices) – “(It is) what (Head) Coach (Adam Gase) said: (for) precautionary reasons (he) had me out. I was clear to play – practice – but he wanted to help me out.”

(On whether there is a long-term concern about his previous foot injury) – “(There is) no long-term concern.”

(On whether his feet are fine) – “Yes, (I am) feeling great.”

(On how he has performed in the new offensive scheme) – “I think I’ve done pretty well. We come in early and look over it and then take it home and have time to look over it. Then we come in and execute it.”

(On whether it was tough not practicing) – “Yes, it was tough. I watch my teammates have fun and going hard against each other. It’s tough watching them play. I’m just glad I practiced today, now.”

(On if the work they do to the side not practicing is tougher than actually practicing) – “I think it is, actually. Doing work over there is actually tougher than practice. But when you come into practice, it’s not as hard.”

(On where he would like to improve his game) – “Finishing routes. That’s it.”

(On how Wide Receivers Coach Shawn Jefferson has coached him about finishing routes) “He has (said), ‘Stay down. Don’t be up high, because you could slip and fall. Stay in and out of your breaks.’”

(On whether he needs to be cautious about practicing right now) – “No, I’m fine.”

(On whether he talked to Head Coach Adam Gase about practicing yesterday) – “I know where he’s coming from so I was with him.”

(On whether it was nice being back at practice today) – “Yes, it was pretty nice going out there and being able to practice today.”

Ryan Tannehill – June 15, 2016 Download PDF version

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill

(On the push-ups the defense was doing at practice) – “It’s competitive out here. We got them today; they got us last week. That’s something we want to do every day is come out and compete and I think we’re doing that.”

(On how much more open the offense is) – “The offense is great. We’re getting better every day; getting more comfortable every day – the receivers, tight ends, backs, o-line. It’s a learning process. To see those guys grow in their roles and understand what we’re doing here, it’s really fun.”

(On executing the offense properly) – “It’s awesome. It’s a great feeling when you come out and execute. There’s going to be some mess-ups this time of year, but to see those mess-ups decrease each and every practice, it’s exciting for me, it’s exciting for everyone in the building.”

(On the progress of the offense) – “We’re moving forward, getting the ball rolling early on in OTAs and it hasn’t stopped yet. Each and every day, we’re learning something, we’re picking up something. Guys are making plays and we’re having fun. That’s what you want to see this time of year.”

(On his comfort level in the offense) – “It’s growing each and every day. I spent a lot of time trying to understand exactly what to do, where I’m supposed to go with the ball, protection adjustments. I’ve made some mistakes, but I’m learning and getting better each and every day we come out here.”

(On having S Reshad Jones back) – “It’s nice to have him back. He’s our teammate. We’ve missed him for the past few months and to have him back here is really nice. He’s a heck of a football player and he’s going to make us better. To be able to practice against him each and every day is only going to make the offense better.”

(On S Reshad Jones in the locker room) – “Yeah, he’s great to have around. He’s a Pro Bowl-caliber player that is going to lead our defense and challenge us on offense. It’s great to have him out on the field and in the locker room.”

(On how WR DeVante Parker looked today) – “It’s great to have DeVante back. We’ve really been missing him. He’s such a talented player and we want to develop him further. To have him miss the past couple of weeks has been tough, but it’s part of the business. So to have him back out here today was really good for us. It’s good to see him running (and) make a play down the field for us. He really makes us more dynamic on offense.”

(On what the next couple of months holds for him) – “We’ll get something going in the offseason. Everyone gets away for a little bit (to) get some time away – rest the mind, rest the body. Then we’ll start getting together throwing and staying in the playbook so we know what we’re doing come fall. I have a baby coming, so that’ll be mixed in there at some point. But we’re going to be getting our bodies physically ready to go for training camp and keeping the mind sharp as well.”

(On the house) – “It’s awesome, yeah. We love it. It’s not baby-proof, but the room is ready and has the crib and all that in there, so we’re excited.”

Adam Gase – June 15, 2016 Download PDF version

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Head Coach Adam Gase

(On what it meant to have S Reshad Jones participating in practice) – “It’s good. When we have our players out there, you get excited – whether they’ve been injured or they haven’t been here. To get him back out there and DeVante Parker back out there, it’s a good feeling for the coaching staff. To get all of your pieces kind of in place and get these guys rolling in the right direction, as far as what we’re trying to teach.”

(On if S Reshad Jones will be fined for missing that first day) – “Anything we ever do with any of that stuff is always in-house and I’ll never talk about that.”

(On how WR DeVante Parker looked out there today) – “He did good. I think he was itching to get out there yesterday and holding him out another day. Then coming out today he was actually … he did a little more than I thought he was going to do. He kept trying to get in the team periods. We were just trying to be smart to make sure he didn’t get caught on a route where he had a take off or (QB) Ryan (Tannehill) checked to something to where now he’s moving down the field and he hadn’t really opened it up yet. So we were just trying to be smart with what was going on. He did a good job as far as kind of tempo-ing himself through that individual to make sure ‘I’m good, I’m good, I’m good,’ and then he kind of turned it loose a little bit in those team periods.”

(On former Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne being at practice today) – “Yeah, obviously (Offensive Coordinator) Clyde (Christensen) coached him for a long time and they were together in Indy forever. I met Reggie at the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season and I had just become the (offensive) coordinator and go out to the Pro Bowl. We’re sitting there talking and it’s him and (Indianapolis Colts LB) Robert Mathis and they were both just like you got no chance. Peyton’s (Manning) going to eat you up. I’ll just never forget that. I was like, ‘I appreciate your confidence.’ But he’s one of those guys that you just love talking ball with. (You) love being around (him) and anytime any of players can talk to guys of that caliber … you know him, Wes (Welker), when we get Jason Taylor out here, Zach Thomas … It’s just great for our guys. They learn stuff. Like defensive guys are talking to Reggie or Wes and they’re kind of saying ‘Hey, how were you successful? What can I do against a wide receiver of your caliber?’ To get that kind of information is valuable for those guys.”

(On how former players contact the Dolphins to come out to practice) – “A lot of times it’s … Wes (Welker) and myself have been friends since we left Denver. We’ve always kept in contact. And then Reggie (Wayne) and (Offensive Coordinator) Clyde (Christensen) are constantly in communication. These guys, they’re down here and sometimes they’re looking to get that little bit of that football fix and it’s a good way for them to do (that). (They) kind of get around it and they enjoy coming out to practice and they enjoy talking to the guys.”

(On former players telling the current guys to listen) – “Yeah that helps. It doesn’t hurt us.”

(On how involved former NFL WR Wes Welker has been and if there’s any chance anything full time) – “I wouldn’t but any kind of pressure on him. We’re here to kind of … when he wants to come around, he’s welcome. So whether it goes any further than that, I mean it’s a day-by-day thing with Wes (Welker) and he knows that I’ll always have his back on whatever he want to do. We’ll be here to kind of help him grow with whatever he ends doing.”

(On if he recommends players work out with each other in between offseason sessions or if the players do it on their own) – “Yeah, it’s player generated. As coaches, that time that you’re off, it’s almost like the college dead period – like you’re out of the loop. If you ever call a player, it has to be for personal reasons if something comes up and you’re just checking on a guy. But as far as football related things, I mean we’re out of it. It’s five weeks of … if a guy doesn’t do anything for five weeks; you’re going to know it right away in training camp. So it’s really driven by the players. The good thing is you can tell once you get to training camp and then you know who’s on board and you know who is basically saying ‘Hey, I’m ready to go for the season,’ because training camp is so short. If you’re not ready to go, it’s not like how it used to be where you could work your way into shape. I mean you better be into shape when you get going.”

(On if he was satisfied in the shape that S Reshad Jones came in today) – “Yeah that was one thing that I was told from the get go whenever he showed up, they were like, ‘Don’t worry about it. He will be in shape.’”

(On how S Reshad Jones looked today) – “As far as I saw, the way he was moving around looked really good and then he jumped right in there. Like we talked about yesterday, this is what they do (learn playbooks). What was he here … like an hour a half (before practice)? And he was able to go in and practice? It’s not that hard.”

(On what his vision is for S Reshad Jones is for him in this defense) – “Obviously we’re going to have to figure that out. We’re in Day 1 with him. We have a general idea how we want to use him but that will obviously expand when you got a player of his caliber. We want to put him in position where he can make as many plays as possible.”

(On with one practice left how he would evaluate QB Ryan Tannehill through the spring) – “He’s done a good job. I know I put a lot on his plate and it’s almost to the point where it’s probably too much this fast. But I want to see how far … I want to see where the breaking point is and he keeps battling and he keeps doing things (well) in practice. When we have a two-minute drill and we’re putting ourselves in some situations like today. I think we were like fourth-and-10 and then him and (WR) Jarvis (Landry) make a play and we end up moving the sticks. To see that happen, there was no panic and that adjustment of (moving onto the) next play. They moved on then figured out a way to get a first down. We’ve been putting a lot of pressure on him on offense and then he’s been doing a good job of responding. We might have one day where it doesn’t look great and then the next day we’ll come back and we’ll regroup and kind of adjust some things and then we’re good to go.”

(On RB Kenyan Drake go off the field limping) – “I’ll have more information once I get back in there. I saw him briefly and they kind of just said he was out of practice. I haven’t really been updated all the way to what happened.”

(On if he would say the offense won today’s practice) – “I wouldn’t say that. Any time that you’re not in pads or it’s really not a preseason game, it’s tough to tell because I know this … With our d-line and I really like our offensive line, but I just know when you get pads on it could look a lot different.”

(On the push-ups the defense was doing at practice) – “That was something that actually (former Denver Broncos Interim Head Coach Jack) Del Rio brought to us in Denver when he took over as the head coach for four weeks, and we started doing these competitive periods on Fridays. It was just the last play of the game, 4 seconds, no timeouts and you need a touchdown to win. The fun part of it is (it’s) five push-ups and you try to get everyone to pick a side. I was waiting for (Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike) Tannenbaum to try to waver but he stayed in the back.” (laughter)

(On his choice of veteran backup quarterbacks and why he chose QB Matt Moore) – “It was an interesting process. At first we weren’t sure where he was really at, as far as whether or not he wanted to come back. I know him and Ryan (Tannehill) are really close. We kind of went through a whole process. We talked to a bunch of guys. We were talking to him. He was talking to other teams and at the end of the day, (Offensive Coordinator) Clyde (Christensen) kept coming back to it and so did (Quarterbacks Coach) Bo (Hardegree), as far as there’s not a lot of guys that can come into that role and then if he goes into the game, I think he has a winning record as a quarterback. I don’t know how many backup quarterbacks you can actually say that of. He’s come in here and he’s done a good job. The good thing for (me) at least, a guy I was with in Denver, (former Broncos Offensive Coordinator) Mike McCoy, had coached him in Carolina and I had always heard great things about him. It wasn’t unfamiliar territory as far as we knew what kind of a guy we were getting. When you have a guy that supports you like Matt does to Ryan, that’s valuable.”

(On whether G/T Laremy Tunsil will have to earn everything that is given him or if he’s definitely going to be a starter) – “That’s how we are rolling. You have to earn your spot. I don’t think you’ve seen anybody really get plugged in and anointed anything. Everybody is battling. That’s what we want. We want competition. We want guys to earn their spots. If you’re a veteran player, a lot of guys respect that because they know it’s not going to be handed to anybody. Guys know, ‘Hey, I’m going to battle for the five spots on the offensive line.’ (It’s the) same thing on defense, like the corners. They’re battling. I know Tony Lippett isn’t going to be like, ‘Yeah, you take it.’ I hope not. I hope he battles this thing all the way out. If he’s a starter, (then) great. Then we’ll be happy. I just know we have three really good players there at corner.”

(On if anything should be read into the offensive line rotation at practice) – “Are you just sitting up there charting that thing? (laughter) We’re going to just keep working on different groups. I don’t sit there and say, ‘Hey (Offensive Line Coach) Chris (Foerster), who do you got starting today?’ We’re just going to keep rolling guys in there.”

Cameron Wake – June 14, 2016 Download PDF version

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Defensive End Cameron Wake

(On DT Ndamukong Suh’s sense of humor) –“You’ve got to ask him about that. He’s a funny guy.”

(On how he felt today) – “It was great. It was just like old times.”

(On his comfort level with the new defense and how it compares to before) – “Attack. That’s one word. It’s something that I think fits well with a lot of guys that are going to be playing in it. Obviously you got one of them right here, documenting it all (DT Ndamukong Suh). Just getting after it, being aggressive … I think that’s something that a lot of guys really will enjoy. I’m one of those guys and I look forward to it.”

(On when he will be 100 percent) – “Was that (Head Athletic Trainer) Ryan (Grove) out there? Was Ryan out there? You got to talk to Ryan about that – (the) trainer, for those who don’t know. Not Tannehill.”

(On how he feels the day after workouts and it seems that he hasn’t missed any practices) – “Not that I know of. I’ve been out there just getting after it with all the other guys (and)trying to do my best to get better (so we) make sure the season is one that we can all be proud of.”

(On what he missed the most about not playing the second half of last year) – “Well, I wasn’t away for very long. I had one game where I had to sit and watch. That might have been the hardest part. This was obviously a while ago; but after that, I was around as much as possible and helping in any way I could. It all kind of seems like a long time ago now. I’m focusing on the here and now and what’s going on in this minicamp.”

(On what was going so well in the three-game stretch before his injury last season) – “Bringing up old stuff, are we? I would like to think that’s just me. That’s another thing I want to make sure I continue to do and get back to where that’s not a surprise or out of the ordinary, that’s just who I am.”

(On how important it is for him to practice in these OTAs and minicamp) – “Just getting back in the groove every year. You got a quote unquote long offseason – maybe not for me this year; it was different. But just going out there and getting back into the scheme of things. Obviously we’ve got a new everything. We’ve got new coaches, new players, and just getting back and being consistent and getting familiar with everybody and them getting familiar with you. I think this is a good start to that.”

(On his impressions of Head Coach Adam Gase and what he brings to the team) – “A little youth. He’s a fun guy, but a guy who knows when it’s time to work, it’s time to work. And that’s something I think a lot of guys can appreciate. We get out there, it’s going to be go time. But we also have the opportunity to kick back and relax and have a little fun, as well.”

(On his mindset from the time he got injured and as he progressed through rehab) –

DT Ndamukong Suh: “Can I answer that question? He’s Superman.”

DE Cameron Wake: “I like that. I like that answer. But there’s never been any doubt. I don’t have to reiterate my story; but I’ve had hurdles, roadblocks, obstacles, from the minute I started playing football. Add this to the list.”

(On coming back from a major injury for the first time) – “Well, when I got released from the Giants, I’d never been released. When I got to the CFL, I’d never be to the CFL. When I got to the Dolphins, I’d never been inactive. Like I said, add another one to the list, another obstacle to overcome. I’ve been doing it my whole career and I wouldn’t expect this to be any different.”

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