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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 8.19

On why he decided to have a morning practice…

I just wanted to shake it up a little bit and get used to having to come back-to-back after an afternoon practice and coming back in the morning. Still in camp mode, so we wanted to get the change up and take a look at something we may think about doing next year.

On if he would have all morning practices next year…

Not all the time, just a change of pace.

On if he liked having a morning practice…

Yeah it was good. It’s a little cooler in the morning, so instead of giving them all hot days you try to give them a morning day.

On Trumaine Johnson being out again today…

He’s fine. We needed to see some other guys. I really wanted to see some other corners.

On if his absence had to do with his hamstring…

He’s sore. It’s camp, he can play if he had to play, he can practice if he wanted to practice, but we were scheduled to see other guys today so we looked at them.

On if he will play against the Giants…

We’ll see how he is feeling, but he should be fine.

On what he thought of some of the other cornerbacks today…

I’ll watch the film. I couldn’t see them individually. I’ll watch the tape and make judgments off of that.

On if Steve McLendon’s injury could go into the season…

Hopefully not, but we’ll see.

On how he thought the quarterbacks played today…

It was rainy. I was watching the offensive line play. I’ll look at the film. For the most part they took care of the ball, so everything else, I’ll see on film.

On his schedule the next few days…

We’re practicing. They have been off on Friday, so we have Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday is a walkthru day so we’re not really practicing.

On what he needs to see from Lorenzo Mauldin…

Well we have to see him play. We haven’t seen him play. He started off earlier in the spring and he started off in the summer practicing. He hasn’t played and you have to play in games. We’ve got people in the training rooms that haven’t played that you’ve got to see. I understand you’re hurt, but that’s part of it. We need to see him, if he’s healthy.

On Mauldin missing a lot of time last year…

We need to see everybody in the training room that has missed a lot of time, but they get better when they get better.

On what he wants to see from Mauldin on the field…

Well that remains to be seen. Like you said, he was out all last year and he’s been out some this year, so you will see it when I see it.

On how he feels about the team with three weeks left until the season opener…

I feel pretty good. We are still in camp mode. there are still some things we are working on that we have to correct and we are still piecing the team together little by little. There are some guys that the next two weeks will be big for them and then other guys that have to get healthy and then some guys are just fine tuning. Just have to keep churning and keep our head down and keep working, but I like where we are.

On when he will shift from camp mode to start thinking about the regular season…

We will do a little bit this week. From a practice standpoint you do a little bit. They are still going to be in pads and we are still in camp because we are still evaluating. Some players you treat as in-season and some players you treat as camp mode making the team, so it’s a little give and take.

On what he has seen from Terrelle Pryor and what he can bring to the offense…

He has great size and he’s a great athlete. He’s still coming around. We haven’t really seen him fully yet, a lot of individual drills, just started working in the team drills this week. When he is healthy, he’s got a proven track record. So we’ve just got to make sure he’s healthy and we can put him out there and let his natural athletic ability take over.

On if Pryor has the ability to run the entire route tree…

I believe he does because of the athlete he is. Again, he is still just getting healthy and we haven’t opened up everything for him yet. We will just see how it goes when the days come and just keep getting him better.

On the offensive line…

We are nicked up, but it’s camp. We are probably nicked up at every position. I’m sure every other team is too. We’ve got guys getting healthy and, like I said, it’s still training camp mode for us. We will concentrate on that after the Philly game.

On if he feels good about the starting offensive line unit…

Yeah, they just have to work together. They’ve got to work together. They have to be healthy obviously, but I feel good about them when they are healthy.

On if anyone has emerged in the pass rush…

Not individually no, but we have two more games. We have guys that show flashes, we just need consistency.

On if he has confidence that there will be a good pass rush this year…

We can get to the quarterback, either pass rush or by pressure or four, five, six, three, seven, however many it takes. We understand what we have to do, but we will see who emerges.

On what he has learned about Teddy Bridgewater that he didn’t know before Bridgewater joined the team…

I think I pretty much knew everything about him, just knowing all of the Minnesota coaches and knowing all of the people he knows. He is everything as advertised with him. You love the person, you love the player. He does everything the right way, keeps a smile on his face and he loves the game.

On if Bridgewater was further along in his progress than he had originally thought…

Me personally, I didn’t know what to expect from a health standpoint, but he’s never showed me that he was injured. He did everything in the spring and everything in the summer. He hasn’t taken a play or a day off or show any limp or any hitch to his giddy up. I never seen it, so I just keep it out of mind. He always smiling and doing everything full speed, so I don’t even worry about it. I’m just happy for him.

On if he is confident that the team will adjust to the new helmet rule…

It’s going to be a big adjustment period. It’s going to be a lot of room to grow. There’s a lot of bang-bang plays, and it’s always going to be a problem with who initiated the contact. We’re just going to continue to monitor it and try to get better at it and see how it adapts.

On if he talked to Frankie Luvu after the game about his penalties…

Yeah, we had a big talk. We had a major talk.

On what he told Luvu…

He could’ve avoided his. He could’ve avoided his.

On if Luvu brings some “giddy up” to the team…

You don’t bring any giddy up when you get too many penalties.

On he likes that Luvu is a high energy guy and if he can be effective without getting those penalties…

We’ll see if he (doesn’t) get the penalties first, then we will work on everything else.

On how tough the tight end competition has been and what he has seen from them so far…

It’s probably the toughest spot evaluating, because all five can play. We don’t have a lapse among them, so that’s going to be probably one of the toughest decisions we make, because all five of them are very good and we like all five.

On if he has a guy at the tight end spot that he feels is number one and if that changes day-to-day…

They all do different things and it’s hard. Like I said all five of them I like. There is not one of above the other in my opinion. It’s just going to come down to certain things and we’ll see how the next two weeks shake out, but we like all five.

On what has stood about Tre McBride…

He is a very smart player and he is very tough. I like gritty players. He just got to continue to get better, and we’ll see how he plays special teams the next two weeks. That will be a tough spot as well.

On when he starts to order the depth chart…

In my mind I kind of start at the beginning of training camp and some positions may change, some stay status quo. I keep it in my mind and in my head, but I like to let it play out.

On how often he has personnel meetings about the depth chart…

All the time, at least once or twice a week.

On if this will be one of the most difficult cutdown days that he has had…

It is, because we have a lot of depth. As your team gets better, there are going to be harder decisions to make and we understand that. We have some hard decisions to make, but we have a lot of depth and that’s a good problem to have.

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