Q: What have you seen from
Coach Allen: “Derek’s a guy that we like, a player that we like. I think he’s got a lot of potential. Like I said before, we’re going to look at a lot of different guys in a lot of different lineups. I wouldn’t read too much into that, but obviously it does say that we’ve seen some good things out of him and we’ve liked some of the things that we’ve seen.”
Q: How much more up-tempo is this than OTAs?
Coach Allen: “Very similar. The rules don’t allow you to … There’s no full contact, no live contact, so the practice tempo was a little bit similar. I think the guys understand mini-camp by nature, just by the name of it, you get a little bit more excitement. I thought the guys responded well to it today.”
Coach Allen: “Yeah, everything we’ve seen so far out of Miles in this offseason has indicated that he’s healthy and he’s ready to go. He had a really good year for us two years ago, unfortunately last year he was injured for most of the season and we really didn’t have the Miles Burris that we think he’s capable of being. I think he’s had a good offseason and he’s put himself in the mix and we’re going to continue to look at different lineups and let that thing shake out as we go through training camp.”
Q: Update on
Coach Allen: “He’s still in the boot. I don’t expect to have DJ out here for this mini-camp. The only guy,
Q: Still a sprained ankle for Hayden?
Coach Allen: “Yeah.”
Coach Allen: “I don’t. Again, it’s not anything serious. Whether it keeps him out for the next two days or not, I don’t know, we’ll have to see how he is this afternoon and how he is tomorrow morning.”
Q: How has Derek Carr dealt with the information that he’s been thrown since he got here and what have you seen be applied?
Coach Allen: “You see every day, you see him do something. Today, he made a nice protection call, was able to get a pressure blocked up, get the ball out to the receiver. I’ve seen some progress from that standpoint. The thing about Derek is, and I’ve said this from the beginning, he’s highly intelligent. He’s able to take things that you teach him in the classroom and be able to apply those things to the field. There are still things that he misses, but that’s why we practice.”
Coach Allen: “When you watch them practice, you see guys that still have explosion, guys that still have run skills, guys that can make people miss. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to what the statistics may say, I just see what I see with my eyes and I see a couple of guys that look like that if they can stay healthy, they still have the ability to perform at a high level in this league.”
Q: Were there things that you couldn’t do with
Coach Allen: “I think as he gets more comfortable in the system and really gets a good feel and an understanding exactly what we’re trying to ask him to do, and what we’re trying to ask everybody else to do within the concept of the defense, it allows for some more flexibility. Again, he’s another guy that’s a really smart player, so the volume really hasn’t been something that he struggled with. But I think as he gets more comfortable in what we’re asking him to do and how we’re fitting up certain runs and how we’re doing some different things in pass coverage, he’ll continue to get better.”
Q: Are you exploring with
Coach Allen: “Yeah, we’ve got his head spinning right now, which is a good thing. We’re going to try to throw as much at him as we can throughout the rest of this offseason and really even into the early part of training camp, and then at some point we’ll settle down to the things that we can execute as a team and execute at a high level.”
Q: There are a lot of new faces on the offensive line. What do you see out of those guys?
Coach Allen: “It’s funny, I was sitting down at breakfast this morning and was talking with ‘Wiz’ (
Q: Have you seen any different approach from
Coach Allen: “I don’t think there’s any question I’ve seen a difference in his approach. I think he was very disappointed in last year. I think he’s even said this, that he didn’t come into this fully prepared for what he was getting into and I think he understands what it takes to play in the National Football League. Nothing’s given to anybody in this league, you’ve got to go out and earn it. He’s come out here every day and worked to earn the reps that he’s been able to get and I’ve seen a lot of improvement. The biggest thing I’ve seen from him, really is just his mental approach to what we’re trying to get done.”
Coach Allen: “He was a guy we worked out a couple of weeks ago, I guess it was, and did some impressive things in the workout. He’s a good athlete, he can run. That’s one of the things you look at, at the wide receiver position. We’ve done a nice job around here in the last couple of years of finding guys that kind of come out of nowhere and end up being a part of the team and being able to help us out, so we’re going to continue to look for those guys. I think there’s probably some guys that are out there right now that not a lot of guys have heard of but are going to have an opportunity to make this team and an opportunity to help us.”
Q: Is this mini-camp a dress rehearsal of sorts for training camp for the way you’re going to practice in training camp?
Coach Allen: “Yeah, a little bit. The schedule is going to be similar to what we’re doing now. Obviously we’ll put the pads on in training camp, that’ll be a big difference. But, as far as the schedule is concerned, we’ve tried to design this to where it’s going to be similar to what we’ll do in training camp.”
Q: In terms of Derek’s progress, would you prefer to bring him along as slow as possible?
Coach Allen: “That all depends on him. As with any of these young guys, the more they can handle, the more we’re going to throw at them. If they can handle it, we’re going to keep throwing it at them.”
Q: How much of a setback is it that Hayden has missed the last three or four weeks?
Coach Allen: “It’s definitely a setback, there’s no question about it. I mean, DJ’s still a young player, he needs a lot of reps, but I don’t think it’s the end all, be all. I don’t think it’s something that he can’t overcome, but he’s got to stay into it mentally. He’s got to do a little extra work over the offseason. Once the players get out of here, make sure he puts himself not only in the best physical shape, but also the best mental shape.”
Coach Allen: “Yeah, I think he’s been outstanding. That’s what you’re looking for in a veteran quarterback. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of what we’re going to see out of Matt Schaub. Even though he is a veteran player, it’s still a different offense for him, it’s still something new. He’s still learning, but I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen out of him so far. I’ve been pleased with watching him over here in his uniform throw the ball, he looks pretty good.”
Coach Allen: “He’s got a calf. Again, I don’t think that’s anything serious. I think he’ll be fine.”