How are you feeling?
“Feeling better than last week, for sure. Had a good week last week getting to rest it. This week we have been hitting the rehab pretty hard and trying to get it back to 100 percent.”
Have you thrown the ball yet any this week?
“No, [I] really haven’t. Warmed it up [and] done a lot of things, but really we are trying to conserve it and see where it is. [I] plan on warming it up and trying to throw a little bit this afternoon just to kind of gauge where we are at. But ultimately the goal is to play on Sunday.”
Do you feel like that’s a realistic goal as you stand here today?
“Yes, for sure. Continually it has gotten better. It started out real extremely painful just standing around, but my movement has greatly increased. [I] have thrown the ball a few times and it has just day-to-day gotten better. If we can continue on this pace [and] I really hope we can [and I] can play this Sunday.”
Raheem Morris talked on Monday about getting back to basics on offense and defense and is that something that you think is needed?
“Yes, you know the big thing has been attention to detail. Everybody has got to kind of step that up. I guess limiting the menu is going to allow us to do that. Focus in on specific things. Got the game plan today [and] saw what we had in. We still have quite a bit in, but at the same time it is not the volume that we might have had say last week or two weeks before. I think it will be good. I think it will allow our guys to go out and play fast.”
He is limiting the offense too a little bit?
“Yes, you [are] looking at a game and you run what seventy [or] eighty plays? We still have a lot more than that so we are going to run our stuff and the stuff we run well and try to get a win on the board.”
Are you going to practice today and throw? Do you think it will be full practice?
“I don’t know. It depends on how I feel. I plan on going out a little early [and] throwing it around. Seeing where it is at and then go from there. Talking to the trainers they want to take at easy – take it slow. So unless it’s feeling great I would say limited again.”
I don’t know if we ever established what happened. Is it a bruise can you tell us anything more?
“I just fell awkwardly on it. I got caught [with] my arm kind of across [and] it landed right on my elbow [and] kind of jolted back in the socket – layman terms I guess. It is just bruised all around. [In] the MRI I don’t think there was anything too serious so really just talking it day-to-day.”
Did being on the sideline give you any different perspective?
“No, you kind of take the same approach when you are on the sideline. You view the play. You look at the coverage [and] see if there are any protection calls and still kind of go through your procedures mentally. It was definitely a different perspective. Had the opportunity to talk to guys while they were on the sideline before they might go in for a specific play. I thought J.J. (Josh Johnson) went out and played hard, but yes definitely different perspective.”
What are your personal goals these last four games?
“The first thing is get healthy. The second thing really [is] to go back to executing how we can. This year has been an up and down year. Try to get back and jumpstart some consistency going into the end of the year and hope that rolls on.”
Did you watch much of the Jacksonville game on Monday?
“Yes, I watched it. The Chargers had a great game plan going in. Philip Rivers [and the Chargers] they executed their receivers. Running great routes. That’s the film that we have been watching even this morning watching very closely.”
What is happening on third downs? Is it just too many third and long not executing?
“It has been really a lot of third-and-longs. As the yardage goes up the percentage goes down so we just got to find a way to keep ourselves in manageable [position]. Manageable meaning one to five [or] one to six yards where you can still throw your quick game and catch it, get tackled and convert.”
How many plays do you normally go into a game with?
“I couldn’t tell you exactly, but it is a lot. We go in with a pretty extensive list of calls on the offensive side. As far as stuff that we wrap and we wrap basically what we run in the game. This week we just kind of cut off some of the excess fat.”
Is there any aspect of the offense that you think has gotten better this year?
“I think our O-line has been playing well. They are kind of the core. Those guys have kind of—this year they have been able to stay pretty much healthy the whole time and develop some great chemistry. Whether its blitz pickup offensively I think the O-line has done a great job.”
Is there any type of hyperextension or separation of any kind with the elbow or shoulder?
“No, I think it is just a bruise. As far as I know.”
Have you been through an injury like this before?
“No, nothing with my right shoulder, no.”
Is it more painful than uncomfortable?
“It is definitely pain. If something is uncomfortable you can deal with that. If there were any way that I could have been on the field last week [or] be on the field every day I would do it.”