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Transcript - Postgame (49ers Preseason 4)


Thursday, August 30, 2018 | Levi's® Stadium | Santa Clara, Calif.

**Transcriptions provided by San Francisco 49ers Communications**


On the kicking situation:

"Both guys have kicked extremely well the last couple of weeks and it's been a hell of a competition. We brought [K] Caleb [Sturgis] in here to be our kicker. The last couple of weeks he showed he could do that with his kickoffs, his field goals — and [K] Roberto [Aguayo], I take my hat off to him. He came in, he competed, he was consistent. We have some things to talk about, but I'm proud of both of those guys, the way they competed."

On taking experience of the kickers into consideration:

"No doubt, no doubt. That's why we brought them in. [Caleb Sturgis] had the experience and his critical kick percentage was higher than anybody's out there. It was just his health."

On critical kick percentage:

"We have a formula for all of that. It's mathematics, analytics."

On the success of the running game:

"I thought both [the offensive line and the running backs were key]. The offensive line did a good job at times. They had a couple of critical penalties that got some things called back, but the backs ran well. They ran to the soft spots in the defense. I was really impressed with some of those guys."

On G Forrest Lamp:

"He played a lot more than I thought he was going to play, but he wanted to go back in. Forrest was trying to get the rust off. We're going to study tape and see how well he played tonight. I thought he got better as the game went on though. I know that for sure."

On Lamp's health:

"Physically, he held up fine. It's just a matter of getting him in game shape."

On Lamp's availability for Week 1:

"He could play in Week 1, for sure."

On DE Christopher Landrum:

"He looked good. His pass rush coming off the edge, he looked pretty good. I liked his quickness, the speed, the power that he moves [with]. He played hard. He was a standout on defense tonight, for sure."

On Landrum building momentum through the preseason:

"Absolutely. I would just say because I hadn't seen Chris play in pads, so this was my first time seeing Chris play in pads in live situations. He impressed in practice, he impressed in the other three preseason games. He had an outstanding camp."

On the backup quarterbacks:

"It was [QB] Geno's [Smith] turn. I thought [QB] Cardale [Jones] came in and I thought he played well when he was in there for the time he was there. Those guys, in these types of games — sometimes we're running the ball, we're running plays to run the time off the clock — but sometimes we put them in some tough situations where in normal situations, they have more time to go down the field. They didn't have those opportunities tonight."

On WR Artavis Scott:

"Artavis has a sore ankle. We'll know more about him tomorrow."


On the preseason:

"As a group, we all improved. I learned a lot this preseason. It was a new offense for me. I've been studying the playbook and learning as much as I can. I've been getting better every single week and I think it's going to continue. As far as things I've put on tape, I've put a lot of good things on tape and there are some things I can correct. Overall, I think it's been pretty good."

On what he has impressed coaches with:

"That's a question better suited for them. I just try to be myself. I work hard and love the game. I love my teammates and the coaches. I try to exhibit that every single day at work and be a leader."

On his chances to make the roster:

"We'll see. The coaches have to make the decisions. My job is to be the player and execute. I always have confidence in myself and I'm very confident. I'm not going to make any proclamations right now."


On making the last-second game-winning kick:

"Definitely [feels good], no matter what. No matter if it's a preseason game or any game, really. To hit a game-winner, it counts. I'm glad our team was able to get up close and give me a shot."

On the preseason:

"I feel like I've done great. When I've had opportunities, I've done well. I'm really proud of myself from where I've come since last year. It's been a long road and a long journey. With this preseason, I've put it on the plate and showed what I'm capable of."

On his chances to make the roster:

"At the end of the day, it's out of my control. I can only control what I can control and that's my kicks and what I do on the field. That decision is out of my hands. I feel like I've given myself a good shot, so we'll see."


On his performance:

"Yeah, I felt really good. Just going out there and just playing fast, and it happened. It felt really good that it happened."

On the preseason:

"Honestly, I knew that I could play. There was never a doubt in my mind. I just had to show that I could stay healthy. I learned from the other guys to take little steps during the preseason. Like after practice, stretching, rolling out, not just going home. Stretching, rolling out, getting in the ice tub. Even taking care of yourself before things start hurting. I think that was the most important thing that I learned this preseason."

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