Transcripts: 7-28-2021 Training Camp Press Conferences

GENERAL MANAGER NICK CASERIO

Opening Statement

"Good morning. Welcome to Training Camp, appreciate everybody being here. I'll take a couple minutes to talk through a couple different things and then we'll kind of get into a little bit of Q&A. But I would just say first off appreciate everybody being here. A lot of work by a lot of people has gone into getting us to this point. I would say the players are excited, the team is excited, the organization is excited and we're all excited to be here. My arm's excited, we'll see if we're able to maintain that performance throughout the course of camp here. We have done some things during the offseason, made some modifications to the facility as some of you may have seen online. Appreciative of the support of ownership and the capital commitments they made with the new locker room and training space. With all of that designed to give the players and staff the resources they need to be successful and give them the opportunity to go out and perform to the best of their ability.

So, training camp is here. It's a great opportunity for us to get started. A couple things that I think are relevant right now that we're dealing with, that teams are dealing with. I would say there's been a lot of discussion and questions about COVID-19, the vaccine and that situation. I would just say the league has done a great job putting protocols in place with the goal and the intent to give every team an opportunity to be functional from a workflow standpoint, so that's the most important thing.

Relative to the vaccine, I would just say what Joe Judge said about that yesterday, I think was spot on. It's not about picking sides. It's about educating the players. It's about providing them the information and the resources, and the reality is, as we've all seen, COVID-19 is with us. A lot of research, a lot of medical professionals have spent a lot of time on this and right now the Delta strain is as contagious as any strain that's out there. I think it's important for all of us to maintain vigilance, be smart about how we are handling everything and we are going to be smart and I think we are going to be flexible relative to if we have to make some modifications. The building is set up a certain way right now. If we get to a point to where we have to make some changes, then we'll modify and make some adjustments.

Our players have done a great job responding and handling the workflow and workload. Again, I think we're making some progress just on the vaccine front, so we are in a pretty good position. So again, it's not about picking sides, it's an individual choice, our job and our goal is to create as healthy a work environment and flow for everybody involved.

On the roster, as you all know, it's a pretty fluid situation, so just kind of comment on some of the things that have taken place the past few days. We've made a few transactions. We traded for Anthony Miller, a receiver from Chicago, and the corresponding move was to drop Mitch (Fraboni) from the roster. We released Donte Moncrief yesterday who wouldn't be ready to participate in training camp. And I'd say we're kind of working through a situation relative to Randall Cobb, I know some of that has been reported. There's a few moving pieces on that, so I don't want to comment on that without it being complete and come to fruition.

I would say the roster is a day-to-day endeavor. I'm probably going to give a little shameless plug for the guys at (SportsRadio) 610, maybe you can take a poll and say, 'how many roster transactions are the Houston Texans going to have, over and under, between now and the start of training camp?' and I'll maybe give a hundred bucks to the winner so you guys can handle that however you want. There's always going to be a lot of movement on and off the roster. We have 50 new players again, it's an great opportunity for everybody to get started. The goal for training camp is for everybody to establish a level of performance. We're not going to predetermine everything. Nobody has a defined role. We're going to go out there and let the players kind of take care of themselves, and that will sort itself out. I'd say we probably have about 79 players that will be kind of working and then we had some other players in different categories relative to whatever their health status is.

Again, we are not necessarily going to give a day-to-day report about who is doing what, everybody has a process and protocol that they are following. The goal is for everybody to get out there and to participate and perform to the best of their ability and give them a chance to compete for a roster spot.

One other comment, I would say a little more personal but maybe for some of you here in the media. On the tragic loss of Coach (Gregg) Knapp. I know Coach Knapp was here a little bit in Houston and some of you had a better relationship than others, but it's a great reminder of the fragility of life and what's in front of us. The reality is we are not guaranteed anything, we are guaranteed today, but we aren't guaranteed much beyond that. Our thoughts and prayers to the Knapp family and the Jets organization. I would say my memory of Coach Knapp was - when you think of the scouting combine, he's really been a prominent fixture with the quarterbacks, everything kind of started with him when you watched the quarterback drills. Again, I think it's just a great reminder for all of us, we can't take everything for granted, we are only guaranteed today, and our thoughts are with his family and the Jets organization as well.

On the Deshaun (Watson) situation, I know there will probably be a lot of questions about that. I would say my comments are he reported for training camp the other day. I know the league put out a statement and made some comments about where they are in that process. Again from our perspective, it's a day-to-day endeavor. You know, we are going to take the information and we are going to process that, and we are respectful of everybody that's involved. We'll take it one day at a time and ultimately do what we feel is best for the Houston Texans.

I'm sure there will be some questions. I know there's been a lot of speculation about what the Texans will do about a lot of different scenarios and quite frankly, a lot of it is speculation. I'm not going to comment about rumors, about what we have done, what we're going to do, what the plan is. That's not what I'm going to do. That's not my responsibility. The reason I was brought here by the McNair family is to do what's best for the Houston Texans organization on a day-to-day basis and that's my responsibility to ownership, that's my responsibility to the players and that's my responsibility to the coaching staff. That's how we are going to handle it. So with that, we'll take some questions here for a few minutes and then we'll kind of get moving."

Will QB Deshaun Watson be on the field?

"I'm not going to get into an individual discussion about who is going to be doing what. Everybody will go out there and whatever they are going to do they are going to do and I'm not going to comment about somebody and what they are going to do on a day-to-day basis."

You said it's not your decision to make but you're the general manager. Whose decision is it to make about what QB Deshaun Watson does with this team?

"Again, we're going to do what we feel is best for the organization on a day-to-day basis. It's a collective effort between myself and David Culley, we're going to talk about everything each day and then do what we feel is best."

Is it in the best interest of the team for QB Deshaun Watson to be around right now?

"I'm not going to get into speculation about what's right, what's not. Again, the most important thing for us is do what we feel is best and the most important thing is for the players to go out there and get themselves ready to play, so whatever that entails, whatever that looks like, that's what we're going to do."

QB Deshaun Watson is a national story and you're not giving any update about his status.

"Again, my responsibility is to the players first and foremost and the organization and that's where it's going to be."

How has QB Deshaun Watson been engaging the coaches and other teammates?

"I'd say we've had conversations, I'm not going to get into the nature of those conversations. Again, he's here. He's been in meetings, he went through the conditioning test, just like however many other players that we had that were here. We're going to take it one day at a time and do what we feel is best on a day-to-day basis."

Will QB Deshaun Watson be out here and what will he be doing?

"Again, I'm not going to comment about who is going to be out here or who is going to be doing what. We're going to go out here and prepare for practice and then let's take it one day at a time, one period at a time."

When did you learn QB Deshaun Watson would be reporting to camp?

"Everybody had a reporting date and the players were notified of what the reporting date was. Everybody knew when they were scheduled to report so everybody knew what was expected on that front."

Are you concerned about the distraction QB Deshaun Watson could cause?

"Our players and staff have done a great job, focusing on what they can control, which is their job, which is their individual performance, which is their individual skill development and their development as a player. Again, kind of where we are with training camp, this week is kind of unique. We're in this ramp-up period, there's no pads. It's helmets, we're going to go through a practice like we normally do but the most important thing for each player, each person, is to focus on themselves and the things that they can control. Again, we have 50 new players, whatever it is, you guys have done a count probably better than I have, but we have a lot of new players. So, their responsibility is to themselves and to each other to just go out there and just do their job and prepare themselves to play. The roster construction, what that looks like between now -- we play game in, what is it, 17 days or something like that, so we have 12 to 13 practices. So, we have a lot to get done in a short period of time so the most important thing is for the players to focus on the things that they can control."

Did QB Deshaun Watson tell you guys that he wants to be traded again?

"I'm not going to comment on what's been communicated or what conversations we've had. I think that's more of a private – out of respect to everybody involved. I think the most important thing is to keep it between ourselves."

What's your impression of his physical conditioning and readiness for practice?

"I would say most of our team looks like they are ready to go. I 'd say most everybody passed the conditioning test which is one measure of their physical performance and what that says is whether or not they are ready to practice. The players have worked hard in the offseason to prepare themselves. Again, are things going to happen on the practice field? Absolutely. The most important thing is getting themselves physically ready to play and the way the practices are structured and the way the league has put in place, per the CBA, it gives everybody an opportunity with some of the jaded and jagged offseason program. So again, where the team is now most players are in condition and most are ready to go. We'll have to monitor workload and level of performance and those types of things on a regular basis and that's what we'll do. But the players that are here are ready to practice, and then we'll take it one day at a time."

What factors are you considering when you think about QB Deshaun Watson's situation?

"Again, it's not about one person or one individual. I think our focus is on our team and always doing what's in the best interests of our team and that's how we are going to handle it. I would say there's always a lot that goes into these things and every team is dealing with different things I would say when you look around the league, so we are no different. Again, we talk about everything, David (Culley) and I talk about everything on a day-to-day basis and we're going to go out there and each day just try to do what we feel is better than us."

Have you reached 85 percent on the team's vaccination status?

"I'm not going to get into the percentage. What I would say is that we have made progress from the spring relative to where we are now, so we're making progress. Again, I don't want to necessarily get into the percentages because some of that is pretty fluid, just relative to the dates and the timing of when that actually comes to fruition. So, I'd say we've made progress from the spring. We're on track. I think we're in a decent position. Each day we'll probably get more information as we go."

Will WR Randall Cobb be out here?

"I would not expect him to be out here, no."

Nothing is predetermined but is your returning starting quarterback the starter the first day of training camp?

"We have not talked about anybody relative to who is a starter and who is not. Everybody is going to get a lot of reps and we're going to mix-and-match the groups. This is our first time to evaluate our team. OTAs are OTAs so now we are going to get into a little bit more - okay, individual, group drill, seven-on-seven and we're going to see more and have more information. Everybody is going to get X number of reps and at some point we'll have to make a decision about who sits where and who goes where and I would say that day one is really not the place to determine that. It's not about our starters and it's not about whose role; it's about the players going out there and just establishing their level of performance, that's the most important thing."

What do you expect from QB Tyrod Taylor?

"I'd say with a lot of new players that have come in, their attitudes have been good. They worked hard. We had a four-week period where we were able to get some things accomplished. Everybody is here now in training camp. So we'll get a better barometer as to where people might be. Just the construction of the team, as we sit here today, we have a lot of guys that have a certain level of experience in the league. Now that we are starting over, that's not as germane and relevant to all we can go is based off what we see here. The most important thing is for everybody to focus on what they can do and what they can handle."

When it comes to a QB Deshaun Watson situation, how much does noise or distraction factor in?

"It's a great question. I'd say just generally speaking, society, there's probably a lot of noise on an external basis. I think one of the things that we've been consistent about is trying to focus in on what goes on in our building and the things that we can't control, which is our effort, which is our attitude, which is our meeting, which is preparing for practice. Again, our players and staff have done a great job. I would say the attitude in the building has been great kind of even going back to January when I first arrived. So again, like the most important thing is for us to focus on what's going on inside the building and again there's always going to be things externally that are said or noise as you've referenced but again it's not our job to get caught up in that. I would not be doing my job if I was worried about some of those things."

Were you surprised QB Deshaun Watson reported?

"Again, everybody had a reporting day and the expectation was the players would report and everybody had their time that they were going to be in the building. We had however many players here right now, I think it's 88-ish, whatever it is, relative to the roster. So again, it's where we are for today and we're moving forward."

What do you think about the Texans quarterback situation right now?

"It's hard for me to sit here and say, this is what I think right now. We've assembled a team and added players to the team across positions with a variety of backgrounds and a variety of different levels of experience. Again, our job is to go out here and evaluate what we see moving forward. Again, can't have any preconceived notions and we have communicated this to the players. Respectfully, it's not about what's happened in the past. You're going to be judged on what happens moving forward and I think the players understand that and are going to hold themselves accountable for that."

You are emphasizing fresh starts and doing things in the best interest of the organization. Is QB Deshaun Watson as a distraction in the best interests of the organization at this point?

"I don't want to speak for anybody else, but it really hasn't been a distraction. We don't think it will be a distraction. Again, I think our staff and players have done a great job of focusing on the things that are germane and relevant to them which is their individual performance and individual job. Again, I don't want to speak for too many people, but I would say to answer your question, it really has not been a distraction."

Is the fact that QB Deshaun Watson here a message from the organization?

"Again, we'll take the information each day. Again, it's not a distraction for the team. Our players have done a great job with their attitude and approach. They are professionals and they are going to handle things the right way, which quite frankly they have done all the way up until this point."

HEAD COACH DAVID CULLEY

Opening Statement

"First, I want to say that I'm glad to be here. I know its been a while since I talked to you all. Glad to be back. I'm just as excited now about being out here today as I was when I first got hired. I feel so rejuvenated right now having actually been here. Just want to say welcome and here we go."

Your thoughts on QB Deshaun Watson being here?

"We were expecting him to be here, just like all the other people that were here. We were not surprised. It was just business as usual with everybody here."

Are you concerned about the distraction of QB Deshaun Watson?

"It has not been a distraction at all. He's been very professional about everything, just like all the guys that have been here. It's just been business as usual."

QB Deshaun Watson wants to be traded and doesn't want to play for you, why have him practice with you?

"Deshaun is a Texan and basically he's here. Everybody's here and everybody is required to be here, everybody that's under contract is here and they are all here and basically what training camp is for right now is for us to find out. I've got 50 different guys on this football team that weren't here last year and when we come in here and to focus on what we need to do during training camp then that's what we are doing and everybody is here and that's how we are approaching it."

What's the thinking behind QB Deshaun Watson participating in positional drills but not participating in 11-on-11?

"Well, he was not here during any of our offseason program at all. When he came in, we basically decided that we wanted to -- when he's ready to do what we feel like he needs to do from a standpoint of this is a ramp-up period, and we don't want to get to the situation where we're having him do something that he's not ready to do right now. We decided that the individual periods were the periods that we could get him in where nothing happens. Moving forward, we'll make a decision on that."

Are you saying QB Deshaun Watson is not physically ready or doesn't know the offense?

"No, it's just that he hasn't been in our system, he hasn't been in this during the offseason and so now we're just going to make sure. When we feel like he's ready, we'll give him some more reps."

Are you saying QB Deshaun Watson needs to learn to run the scout team?

"No, what I'm saying is that this is training camp. You know we've gone through an offseason, the good thing about this past offseason is we at least had to go for four weeks of guys going through the offseason and getting ready to play, so when you come back in, the league now has got us doing a ramp-up period right now, no pads, we have to go for four or five days now without pads to make sure that we get guys ready for camp and basically that's what we're doing right now with him because he didn't go through anything."

How did today's practice help QB Deshaun Watson?

"Well he's healthy right now. We know a little bit more right now and then when we come back and watch the video of where he's at. Tomorrow when we come back out, if we need to give him some more reps, we'll give him more reps."

Could QB Deshaun Watson start for you this year?

"Right now, we're in training camp and that's what we're trying to do. There are no starters right now. Everybody is competing for a job right now."

Do you expect QB Deshaun Watson to be on the team Week 1?

"I expect everybody out here that's competing right now, everybody's not going to make this team but everybody out here that's here during training camp has an opportunity to make this football team and that's what training camp is all about and that's what we're doing right now."

What's the significance of putting QB Deshaun Watson in jersey No. 23 and running scout team?

"That was part of the individual stuff that we decided that he was going to do."

Are you expecting QB Deshaun Watson to start the season with you?

"Right now, we are in training camp and we are going to go through this process. I haven't seen these guys in pads yet. Once I get into next week and once we get to see these guys, and like I said, again, we have 50 guys on this football team. We have to see who we are and what our team is going to be all about and that's what training camp is all about. And I've been so excited about that to this point just to get them to this point because this is the first time we've had everybody, everybody here on the football team, and now we get to see."

What was your evaluation of the first day of camp?

"First day of camp, the enthusiasm was unbelievable. Let me tell where you that started from, that started from last night when I walked into that meeting, they wanted to know why I was so happy. I said I'm not happy because I see all your faces, I'm happy simply because all of you are here. Cause some of your faces, with the way you came in, with beards and what not, I wouldn't want to look at you, but I was so glad that you all are here, and I was excited about that last night. And this morning when we came in and had a team meeting before we came on the football field, I felt the same way, I felt a buzz, for my first time being here, my first time being a head coach, I felt like I was getting ready to play a game, but understand this is training camp and we're trying to figure out who we are and what we are."

Is your plan for QB Deshaun Watson during training camp to compete and earn reps?

"Our plan right now is to go day-to-day. We'll look at the video today, we'll see what we're doing, we'll see what we got going into tomorrow and we'll see from that standpoint what we need to do moving forward."

Can you describe how QB Deshaun Watson interacted with you and his teammates?

"He's been just like everybody else. He's been strictly a pro in everything that we doing, just like everybody else on our team has been. I mean, no distraction at all. You know, again, we have a saying in there right now on that wall that we put. It's got 'team, team, team' on it. It's got nobody's name on it and in the very back we have got the Texans emblem back there. And basically when we are talking about what we are trying it accomplish in trying and what we want to do right now, it's about the Texans and it's about team, team, team. And that's all. And everybody understands that we're in training camp. Training camp is a time where you create camaraderie, where the guys get to learn how to trust each other, those kinds of things and that's what we are focusing on right now and after the first day, I feel great about that."

Do you attempt to reconcile with QB Deshaun Watson and sell him on your program?

"Right now, in training camp the only thing we are focusing right now is getting this football team ready and everybody here has been doing everything that we've asked them to do to get this football team ready."

Have you ever seen a top quarterback be dealt with like the way you guys have dealt with QB Deshaun Watson?

"I've never been in a situation where I've had a quarterback not go through the offseason, so the point is, not going through the offseason, especially with the nature of the way the league is right now with the limited reps and the limited things that we can do during the offseason, is that we want to make sure during this ramp-up period that nothing happens, you know. I mean, guys throw too much, guys' arms get sore and we want to make sure none of those things happen."

WR BRANDIN COOKS

Can we get your thoughts on Deshaun?

"I'm not answering those questions. I'm not. I know he wouldn't want me to comment on that so I'm going to leave that alone. I'm going to leave that alone."

What do you think about Head Coach David Culley being here?

"Yeah, you know, Coach Culley has a lot of energy. His mindset and his work ethic that he expects out of his players, you love to see that. We come out, we have fun but we also get to work so it's great to be able to have him here on the field."

Do you go into training camp expecting QB Tyrod Taylor to be your starting quarterback?

"You know, I didn't focus on any of that. I just kind of focused on coming into camp, being ready the best way I can and whatever happens, happens."

What are your impressions of working with QB Tyrod Taylor?

"You're talking about a guy with a great work ethic, a vet, obviously been playing this game for a long time. You know, it's fun out there being able to hear how he sees things when we're going through plays, so a lot of respect for him."

What are your impressions of WR Nico Colins?

"Like I said back in OTA, you talk about a guy on paper says he's a rookie, but the way that he works and catches the ball and how strong he is, he doesn't feel like a rookie. Love going out here going to work with him and I'm going to continue to be there for him the best way I can."

Last year, you had to adapt to QB Deshaun Watson as a new quarterback because of the trade. Now you have another new quarterback in QB Tyrod Taylor.

"I've been kind of doing that all my career. So at the end of the day, I've just got to bring my expertise to the game and at the same time listen to what they like and adjust and be able to get on the same page. So, the past has definitely helped me in situations like this."

What do you think about WR Randall Cobb getting traded?

"My boy RC, I tweeted, you talk about somebody that instantly becomes family. For him going back home, you love to see it. I think it's great to go back to the quarterback he came in the game with. I think he's going to do special things. He's a special guy and a special player."

What do you think about the guys on the roster who need to step up?

"Absolutely. Guys are going to come to work now, and guys can play ball. You look at this roster and guys have been playing ball in this league for a long time, so that's definitely not a worry."

You kind of broke the news on WR Randall Cobb. Were you sitting on that for a while?

"No, actually to be honest with you, I saw it and then I tweeted it, 'go home and do your thing.' So, I was not sitting on that for a while, you have my honest truth."

Have you talked to him yet?

"Yeah, like I said we talk every day, my wife and his wife, they are great friends. He's excited, like I said, he's going back home to where he's had a lot of success and with a great friend of his in Aaron (Rodgers), so you know, he's happy at the end of the day, you get ready and you get traded. This is a business, of all people, I definitely know that."

What do you think about this team and all the new players?

"The biggest thing he tells us is to tune out the noise. At the end of the day, you still have to line up and play football, and at the end of the day we all going to work just like all 31 other teams. So all the other noise, you know, tune it out and we are here working and we putting our best foot forward, that's for sure."

How does it feel to be back playing football?

"Feels great, absolutely, it feels great."

What are some of the things you would like to do this year besides win games?

"I think from the standpoint of leadership, leading the best way I can, like I said we have a lot of new guys, just setting that standard high, and individually, those kind of things I keep to myself but be the best team leader I can be and set a high standard."

What do you think of WR Anthony Miller?

"Boy, he can play. He's shifty. Looking at him out here on the first day, he's built, and he can make a guy miss, he can stick his foot in the ground, and you love to see it."

What does WR Anthony Miller bring to your offense?

"First of all, his mentality, it's nasty. He's a guy that he may be small but at the end of the day he got such a big chip on his shoulder, he going to come to work every day and he's got a lot of speed there in the backfield."

RB DAVID JOHNSON

How is it having QB Deshaun Watson here?

"It's been good. I don't really want to speak too much about it because it's not my situation to talk about but it's good to see him out here."

Is it any distraction having QB Deshaun Watson here?

"No, we're professionals. We know how to handle business, get the work done when we're out here on the field."

Is it easy to block out the noise?

"Yeah, especially for me personally because like I said, it's not my situation. I'm a running back. I mostly get that, especially the first couple days, get the ball handed off to me. So it's easy for me to block out the noise and come out here and grind."

Was it weird seeing QB Deshaun Watson wearing jersey No. 23 running scout team?

"See, I didn't even see that. No, I wasn't even paying attention to that. I was mostly just trying to talk to our running back group, Mark (Ingram II) and Phil (Phillip Lindsay) coming in here new, just trying to get them involved in to the offense."

What are your impressions of QB Tyrod Taylor?

"Tyrod's a great leader for us, very good vocal leader for us. He throws a great ball. I was training with him a little bit in the offseason. He communicates well, pocket presence is great, leadership is great for us."

What's it like when you're a returning player on a team that has so many new guys?

"I feel like I'm on a new team, basically that's the gist of it. I feel like I'm the one who got traded or got picked up on a new team, but I'm embracing it as much as I can. I feel like every year for me has been a crazy situation with so many different coaching changes, head coaches and position coaches. So I was just really blessed and glad that we got Danny (Barrett) back."

DB A.J. MOORE JR.

Was QB Deshaun Watson being here any kind of distraction?

"No, not at all. We're excited to have him but it's up to the team, it's up to the coaches. They're going to handle that situation, so I don't really want to speak on that."

Was it odd to see QB Deshaun Watson deployed in some of the ways he was at practice?

"Again, I don't really want to speak on the Deshaun situation."

What are some of your individual goals?

"To just do my very best and just to help my team. Whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to give my all for those guys and I'm going to lay it all on the field every time."

Where do you think you've grown as a player?

"I feel like I have. I've put in a lot of work this offseason. It was a long offseason and I feel like I'm ready and I'm capable to help the team."

What did you gain in all those offseason workouts?

"I learned a lot about my body this offseason. That's really important, I mean that's our livelihood. Our body is what gets us through the season. They did a really good job of teaching me and giving me the knowledge of certain ligaments and things like that, and how to take better care of my body."

Was it weird seeing QB Deshaun Watson on the scout team?

"Yes, sir. And again, I'm sorry, I really don't want to speak on that situation."

What are your impressions of Head Coach David Culley?

"Man, I love Coach Culley, man. He brings a lot of juice and that helps everybody. I mean think about it, if your head coach is excited and he's enthusiastic, it's contagious. So we come out here and we want to give him that same energy. So we love playing for our coach."

This offseason a lot of guys have signed with big special teams backgrounds. What do you see as far as the organization's emphasis on adding guys that play in the kicking game?

"Nick (Caserio) did a great job of bringing in some really good guys and they are all going to come in and be able to help the team in a lot of different ways. We're excited to have him and we're just ready to put it out there for our fans."

This is an entirely new roster. I'm sure you're aware there are critics of what's happened here. How do you guys handle that and what do you think is possible for this team?

"It's tunnel vision. We're all in this together. We're not worried about the outside noise. We focus on us as a team and that's what we're going to do from here on out."

What do you think of the new locker room?

"The locker room is beautiful. I thank Nick (Caserio) and Jack Easterby, Mr. (Cal) McNair, we really thank them for that. It's been a long time coming but it's finally done and we're very grateful."

What is your favorite thing in the new locker room?

"My favorite thing is the neon light, it's super cool. Everything is comfortable in there. Come on, you know, new smell, everything. We're excited."

How good does it feel just to get back to playing football?

"Man, it feels great. Like I said, it's been a long offseason. We've been putting in a lot of work and we're excited to be back together and having fun and doing what we love to do."

What is your evaluation of the first day of training camp?

"It was a great day, we were excited. It was hot but we pushed through it as a team. So we're excited."

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