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Coach Fisher's Monday Training Camp Report




(on the third day of training camp)

You know it went pretty good.  First day with shoulder pads on and I thought we got a lot done considering the heat.  We're still acclimating.  Practice stalled a bit but it picked up as we got toward the end.

(on the first day with pads on)

For the rookies it's the first time they've had football pads on in the NFL.  We told them that it's not that big of a deal but that you may be a moving target so prepare yourself for it.

(on Rennie Curran wearing number 53)

Well it's the only 50's number we've got available and we try to get the linebackers in the 50's.  We're going to have an issue with Will (Witherspoon), trying to get him in a number.  Rennie (Curran) was more than willing to do the best he could to carry on with the legacy because that number has been on our practice field and game field fairly consistently the last 10 years.

(on adding another cornerback, Pete Ittersagen to the roster)

Well we're down to four.  Typically we're at least six maybe seven for training camp and we got down to four healthy ones so we just need the legs for the reps.  There's an attrition factor.  When the numbers start to go, they really go.  If at all possible you want to avoid adjusting practice because of your numbers.  And if we get down at one position we go down further based on our experience so we needed to add to those numbers.

(on the new cornerback Pete Ittersagen's skills)

Yeah he can catch the ball and return the ball, those types of things.

(on whether they had been looking at Pete Ittersagen before he arrived at camp)

We worked out two positions this morning including the corner position.  We worked out four or five corners and he ended up being the best fit for us.

(on what day fans will see the first full-padded practice)

Wednesday night.  What's today? (Monday) Monday? Yeah, Wednesday night.  Wednesday night we will have the first-full padded practice.

(on whether there will be hitting on Wednesday)

Yeah there will be some spirited hitting.

(on whether he has lost track of the days)

Believe me, they (the players) have.

(on Alterraun Verner's contention for the starting role at cornerback)

Oh, he's legitimately in the running.  The things that we saw from him, not only prior to the draft, but basically the two weeks of the June OTAs he was fairly impressive.  He came in and made a lot of plays.  He's definitely in the mix there.

(on the cornerbacks reps in practice)

You know they are all getting reps.  They're all getting reps, and every rep counts.  We're just going to continue to rotate and once we get in the preseason games I think we will have a better idea.

(on an update to the injuries to David Thornton or Tony Brown)

No they're just day to day.

(on Michael Griffin's return to form)

You know just 100% commitment to the offseason program, to every snap, to everything he's doing.  He's turned a corner, he's having fun, he's focused and he's working on the little details of the position.

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