Head Coach Robert Saleh, 8.24

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Brian Costello, New York Post: Robert, we haven’t seen Dalvin (Cook) out there yet. What’s the plan for him?

They just had their baby. So, he’s traveling back.


Brian Costello, New York Post: So, nothing until next week then?

Yeah, he wouldn’t have played this weekend anyways. So, we’re just getting him ready for Week One.


Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Is Duane (Brown) going to practice more today?

He’s going to get a little bit more integration into practice, but he could be with us, could be on the side, but he’s here and he’s working.


Brian Costello, New York Post: We saw (Allen) Lazard go inside before the last team period, is he OK?

Yeah, he’s dealing with an AC joint. We’ll check his availability for the game, but we’re not worried about his availability for Week One.


Brian Costello, New York Post: So, he won’t practice today?

He’s not practicing today.


Rich Cimini, ESPN: And (Wes) Schweitzer?

Same, he’s dealing with an ankle.


John Pullano, New York Jets: What kind of energy have the fans brought to practice with all of the double decker stands now and everything?

It’s been fun. I always love the open practices with the fans. They bring an extra level of juice. I’ve said it before, when the fans are out, the players kind of get leveled up, too. So, it’s sad to see them go but we’ll see them on Sunday’s or Monday’s.


Ryan Dunleavy, New York Post: Robert, you were obviously very excited early in camp about the shape Jermaine Johnson came in. Now that we’re a month in, the way he’s been able to sustain his improved play, is that the most impressive part?

Yeah, he’s been able to sustain, keep his weight. He’s made plays in games; he’s made plays in practice. He looks fantastic. I am excited for him to get into the regular season for him just so he can start translating all that to, not necessarily real football, but he’s done a really nice job. For those guys, you just cheer him on to just hope that he keeps taking those steps.


Ryan Dunleavy, New York Post: He flashes as a pass rusher, you have such a deep line but how confident are you he’s an every down guy, run stopper, edge setter?

Yeah, he’s an old school in the sense that he’s a three-down, run defender, edge rusher. I’d argue his ability in the run game is even better than his ability in the pass game, which not to knock his pass game ability, but he is very violent at the point of attack. Especially if he’s got a tight end in his hands. He dense edges, collapses edges, can two gap get from the edge. He’s very impressive in the run game.


Eric Allen, New York Jets: Can you talk about the edge that he brings to the table, the nastiness he brings?

He does, he plays with a violence to him. Definitely plays with an edge to him. You have to, the amount of strain to play on our D-line (defensive line), the strain is a required skill set and he absolutely strains his tail off and it doesn’t show up as much in the pass game and you really don’t get a chance to see it in the run game, but he is a very violent, nasty human in the run game and it is pretty good.


Al Iannazzone, Newsday: What is the latest with Carl Lawson? Do you expect him to play?

He’s still dealing with a back. Hopefully.


Brian Costello, New York Post: What is his status for Week One?

I don’t have that for you yet. I don’t.


Rich Cimini, ESPN: With Corey (Davis) gone, can you assess the receiver situation beyond the top four guys?

It opens up competition for everyone. You’ve got ‘Irv’ (Irvin Charles) was here a year ago, and Malik Taylor and you got ‘X’ (Xavier Gipson) is doing a nice job, (Jason) Brownlee. They’re all competing and so it’s a great competition going on and we’ll see how it shakes out.


Brian Costello, New York Post: It looks like Malik hasn’t been out there, Robert, is he dealing with something?

Yeah, he had an injury in the last game, but hopefully we get him back soon.


Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: What was your message to those guys, now that Corey is out?

They know. They know the opportunity that’s at hand and when one door opens, just Corey leaving opened up a door for somebody else. They’re fully aware of what that looks like and what that means and it’s just a matter of observing and seeing who takes advantage of it.


Rich Cimini, ESPN: Robert, we ask you a lot of questions about Mehki (Becton), but could you talk about the role that Cam Clark has played with Mekhi and how that has influenced him?

Yeah, our developmental crew does a really nice job. That’s Szotter (Dave Szott), that’s Bryce (Bevill), and then Cam has been working as an intern. Their role is to kind of connect on a level that a player can’t, a coach can’t, and a family member can’t. It’s just a different level of connection. Mehki and Cam have really gotten close, and I don’t ask about what those conversations are. I don’t want to know what their relationship is like. I just know that it’s been a fruitful relationship and it’s really helped Mehki grow as a person, as a father, as an athlete, as all of it.


Rich Cimini, ESPN: Why is it important for Aaron to play? I mean I understand with Zach, you want to see all the things he’s been working on, but someone like Aaron, who knows the offense, why is it important for him to play this week?

You know, I’ve said it before, even though he’s been in the league for 19 years, he’s going into a new stadium, he’s got new colors on, he’s got new teammates, new play caller, everything’s new. It’s not so much about him, but everybody else around him hearing him for the first time, feeling him in a game like setting, feeling his cadence, feeling his demeanor in the huddle, feeling him at the line of scrimmage, and so as much as it is for him, it’s even more so for the guys around him, so they can feel the tempo that he wants in and out of the huddle and we can make the adjustments off of it. Rather than waiting until Week One and then making the adjustments after that, well, let’s see what it feels like now and make the adjustments we need so we can get better for Week One and then make more adjustments and so on and so forth.


Al Iannazzone, Newsday: Have you talked about how long? I know you said it doesn’t really matter if he plays two three and outs or whatever, but is there going to be a specific number?

I don’t have a specific number. I want to get transitions, but I also know how I am on game day. Whatever I plan on game day, sometimes I just throw it out the window based on what my emotion is feeling at that moment, but the plan is to get transitions going in terms of different series so they can come off the field, get the adjustments, take those adjustments to the field, play football, come back, make more adjustments, go back, so I’d like to see multiple drives, but we’ll see.


Dennis Waszak, Associated Press: At this point in camp, with it being the last day and last game coming up, where, realistically, are you with the 53 (man roster)? Do you have like two or three spots? What do you tell some of these guys who are sitting on the edge at this point in camp?

I’m not going to get too specific on how many spots are battling, but obviously there are spots battling and they know. Players are smart, they count numbers, and then our job is to let them know that just because you’re a tight end, don’t just count the numbers for tight ends, because there might be a D-lineman that might warrant going plus one in that position, or we might go minus another position. So, there’s so many different battles happening but it’s not necessarily from position group to position group, but it’s position group versus position group. So, there’s a lot of really cool things that happen at this point where it’s like, ‘Shoot, do we have to go plus or minus at certain spots to make sure that we don’t lose an NFL quality football player or a 53-man roster player or somebody that’s going to really help us.’ So, all those discussions are happening and we’re getting down to it and, shoot, we’re not even five days away.


Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: What does your process look like in terms of after the game and analyzing the 53-man roster?

That’s where, you know, just getting with Joe (Douglas) and just having those discussions and really trying to map out what the plan is for everybody and that’s why Joe gets paid the big bucks.


Brian Costello, New York Post: When you sit in those personnel meetings now compared to two years ago and last year, do you feel like you guys have more players that are 53-man NFL players on the team?

Absolutely. I think last year was an example, I think we broke a record for guys who were claimed. I think we’re going to have a good number of guys claimed again this year, but we built a pretty darn good roster that people see the value in our players and so it is a lot of tough decisions for us because we know that we might have to say goodbye to somebody, but at the same time we know we’re going to get a lot better for it.


Ryan Dunleavy, New York Post: Obviously, everybody has guys that wind up on another roster. Two of your guys you cut last year are on the roster you’re going to face this week, (Lawrence) Cager and (Jason) Pinnock. Do you look back at that ever and say like, do Coaches in the moment say, ‘We have to move past that,’ or is part of you ever like, ‘Maybe those guys are worth keeping in hindsight?’

No, I’m so excited for those two. Cager, really proud of him because, knock on wood for him, he was a receiver, had so much trouble trying to stick, and then you know we made the investment in trying to get him into that tight end spot and he flourished, really took off and so we needed to make a roster move because of injuries and it allowed him to have the opportunity to get to the Giants and he’s done very well. So, those stories are awesome, I don’t care where it ends up, like for him to be able to extend his dream, albeit at a different position than when it started, I think is awesome. And then same thing for JP (Jason Pinnock). Always felt like he was going to be a really good football player and he’s doing a really nice job over there. He’s starting, so I got nothing but love for all of them in terms of just being a fan for them. You just want to see guys who put so much work and effort into getting to this point to be able to extend it whether here or somewhere else. It’s always a good thing.


Brian Costello, New York Post: Did you send Wink (Don Martindale) a text saying ‘Don’t go crazy against Rodgers,’ or what? I mean he pissed off (Bill) Belichick last year with all his blitzes in preseason.

(Laughter) Oh shoot, I don’t know. You know, Wink’s system is dynamic. I love watching it, because it’s so contrast to ours and so you can always learn from him. He’s very good at what he does.