Coach Allen: “Derek had X-rays on his ribs, they were negative. I spoke to Derek this morning. He’s feeling a lot better. He did have a concussion, so we’ll follow the protocol there and kind of take that day by day.”
Coach Allen: “I’m not sure, it’s an ankle injury. It’s not serious and we’ll see whether he’s able to go out to practice tomorrow or not, but I don’t expect that to be anything that we have to worry about.”
Q: Was Tyvon’s injury related to his ankle injury last year?
Coach Allen: “No.”
Coach Allen: “I thought he played really well. I thought he played exceptionally well. I think he’s a guy that continues to get better every day. I think he’s beginning to be able to adjust to the different things that defenses are giving him. He’s a smart player and he’s got good instincts, both in the run game and the pass game, so I saw big improvement in Gabe Jackson this week and I think that’s something that’s going to benefit us as we move on down the road.”
Coach Allen: “Well, you know, I think he’s performed very well, but I’m real pleased with what I’ve seen out of
Q: Did the Lions blitz more than the Vikings did in last week’s game?
Coach Allen: “Yeah, they gave us some different looks that they haven’t showed on tape, and I think you get that sometimes in preseason games, where they give you something different to look at. That’s a little bit of a factor of the fact that when you don’t do a whole lot of game-planning for these games, you’re going to see some things like that that are going to happen and sometimes you get a little pressure on the quarterback. But I thought we made some adjustments and I thought, as the game went on, I thought we performed well.”
Q: What are your observations of the pass defense so far and what are your thoughts on the upcoming challenge in Aaron Rodgers?
Coach Allen: “I think it’s still an area that needs to be improved. It’s not the finished product, but that’s not a huge concern of mine. I think when last year we were kind of in a little bit of the same boat. When you have that many new players and that many changing parts, it takes a little while to get that part of your defense down. It’s really not a concern of mine. Obviously, there are things that we’ve got to get better at, but when we get ready to kick the ball off against the Jets, I’m confident that we’ll play good defense.”
Coach Allen: “I wouldn’t necessarily anticipate that. Our game plan, probably, going in is to get some significant work for the one’s, because when you get into that fourth preseason game, they’re probably not going to get as much work. I think we’ll see a lot of
Coach Allen: “Yeah, I think it’s a tight position battle. I think all these guys bring a little bit something different to the table. They’ve all got certain things that they do really well and certain things that they may not be quite as good at. I think that’s a positive for us. Each guy brings a little bit something different to the table, so that versatility I think is going to help us as we move forward. I like our receiver group. I think we’ve got some depth there and I think we’ll be able to find roles for all of those guys if they can help us.”
Q: It seems like
Coach Allen: “I think the last few days I’ve seen some things that are very encouraging from Brice. I think Brice, again, he’s one of those young players that’s continuing to develop. I think he will continue to develop. I think a lot’s going to be determined over the next couple weeks with Brice.”
Q: Are you streamlining what you’re throwing at
Coach Allen: “We’re doing a lot more with him in practice, so we really haven’t cut back on the things we’re asking him to do from a practice standpoint. We’ve been limited as far as what we’ve done game planning-wise in these first two preseason games with what we’ve asked him to do. I get a ton of questions about Khalil Mack and where he’s at. When you watch the tape, the sack totals, tackles, sometimes those things can be a little bit misleading. When I say that, I’m talking about if you don’t have a lot of sacks or you don’t have a lot of tackles, that doesn’t mean you’re not being a productive player. I thought Khalil, this week, was much improved on where he was last week. I think we’re going to see a lot of good things out of Khalil Mack.”
Q: Are any of your three PUP players close to coming off that list?
Coach Allen: “The one guy that I am hoping is going to be out at practice on Monday is
Q: Did you see a lot of improvement from Derek Carr from Week 1 to Week 2?
Coach Allen: “I did, yeah. I did see a lot of improvement. I saw some improvement in his accuracy. I saw some improvement in his reads. I saw some improvement on some touch passes. So, I think that’s a positive sign. There is obviously still a lot of room for improvement, a lot of room for growth. But, I did see him take a step forward from where he was at after the first preseason game.”
Q: Where is
Coach Allen: “He is not ready yet. I don’t know whether it’s first level, second level, third level. I’m not sure exactly where he is at in the process. I know he has not been cleared for participation yet. We’re going to continue to go through the process and whenever he gets cleared, he’ll be out there. None of us want to see him miss because these are important reps that he is missing out on. But, obviously, we want to take his health into consideration and make sure we’re doing the right thing for him for the long term.”
Q: Have you added a tight end and placed
Coach Allen: “To my knowledge, we have not made a transaction. I would think that we would sign a tight end. What we do with Kasa, I don’t think has been determined yet.”
Coach Allen: “I think it’s still a good competition. I think both of those guys are doing some good things. The competition, I think, has brought the best out in both of them. I think both of them are going to be better football players because of it. But, I would think that sometime here in the near future, we’ll probably make a decision on the direction we’re going to head there. But, no matter how that shakes out, I think both of those guys are going to be able to help us this year.”
Q: In watching the game film, are there any young players that jump out?
Coach Allen: “We talked about Gabe Jackson already. I thought he played very well. You see some positive signs from certain players. I thought
Q: How did
Coach Allen: “Yeah, I thought Shelby was solid. I actually thought when we moved him inside, I thought he was a little bit more disruptive when we moved him inside in the nickel later in the game. I think Shelby is one of those guys that, I think at times he’s still trying to figure some things out. I don’t think he’s quite there yet, but what you get with some of these guys, and Shelby is no different than a lot of rookies, is you’ll see a couple of plays that kind of catch your eye in a positive way and then there will be a couple of plays that will catch your eye in a negative way. We’ve just got to continue to improve on those positives and try to eliminate the negatives.”
Q: Do you see Darren [McFadden] finishing runs stronger than he did most of last year?
Coach Allen: “Yeah, I was just talking to [General Manager] Reggie McKenzie earlier, and I think Darren is probably running the ball as well as I’ve seen him run it since I’ve been here. I think he’s probably more explosive than I’ve seen him since I’ve been here. I think part of that is that he’s remained healthy throughout the offseason, throughout training camp. There haven’t been any kind of nicks or nagging little deals that have slowed him down. So, hopefully that trend will continue because I’ve seen a lot of positives in what he’s done in the running game.”
Q: Is that still a battle between him and
Coach Allen: “Yeah, that really hasn’t been something that we’ve had a lot of discussion on. We started Maurice these past two games and I think we’ve had a nice little rotation in there between those two players. I think Darren had eight carries in the game the other day and MJD had six carries the other day. Both those guys are going to get significant playing time and both those guys are guys that are going to help us.”
Q: Is there any chance that
Coach Allen: “I don’t expect that.”
Q: Any update on him?
Coach Allen: “He’s getting closer, but again, it’d be pure speculation to say when I thought he’d be back on the field. He’s continuing to rehab, he’s moving closer, but he’s still not ready to go.”