HEAD COACH JEFF FISHER**
(on what areas Chris Johnson needs to improve on heading into his second season)
Well, believe it or not, quickness, strength and his hands and understanding what we are doing. Oftentimes, a rookie year ends up being kind of a blur and then you come back the second year and you have a much better feel for things. He is a very instinctive player, but we are looking for him to work on the little aspects of his game. He has done a pretty good job.
(on the fact that Johnson is setting his goals extremely high in year two)
I think all players set goals and have high hopes for their personal accomplishments. Chris also is a team player and if he happens to reach those goals then you would think we would have a good chance to reach our team goals.
(on Jason Jones putting on weight and whether he is ready to take on a bigger role)
We are going to have a rotation. It is not like we expect him to play 60 plays. He will have a bigger part in the rotation. The weight will help him with the length of the season. He has worked hard at it and he still has a ways to go. Thus far it looks like the work he has put in thus far has helped.
(on the first set of practices with the veterans and rookies)
These guys now know that they have two weeks to get caught up from a conditioning standpoint because they are not in any kind of shape where the vets are. We have little nagging pulls and soreness and things we have to get put behind us, but they knew that coming in. This going to be their week to measure up to the vets and now the next couple weeks, they have to get caught up.
(on the learning process with the rookies)
Yes, we will learn a lot about them. We will learn a lot about them when they come back for the June OTAs to see who has gotten in the books and who didn't. We threw a lot at them because they knew coming in that by the time the June OTAs are over that everything is going to be in and they will have experienced everything that they are going to experience at training camp.
(on the shift back to the offseason conditioning program for the next few weeks)
That is exactly the design, to allow them to get caught up now. They spend their own time in the books. There will be some coaches here to help them, but for the most part they will be working with Coach Watterson.