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Transcript - Practice (Jan. 4, 2019)

Friday, January 4, 2019 | Hoag Performance Center | Costa Mesa, Calif.


On RB Austin Ekeler:

"He was still limited today, but he looked better. Much better."

On S Derwin James, CB Desmond King II and S Adrian Phillips earning First-Team All-Pro recognition:

"They've been realyl consistent. I think when you get voted to the All-Pro list by people who I think understand this game and recognize the game — that's an honor. It's flattering, but it doesn't surprise me. They've been consistent all year and have played well."

On TE Hunter Henry:

"We have an extra day to take a look at Hunter and make that decision. So, we're going to use it."

On Baltimore having to prepare for the potential use of TE Hunter Henry:

"I don't know how much [Baltimore] have prepared for Hunter Henry. Hunter has made plays, so I don't know to be honest with you. I don't see it as an advantage, no."

On expectations of Henry should he be active on Sunday:

"He would definitely be on a pitch count. We would just see how the game is going, but you can't put a player out there for an extended period of time that hasn't played since last December [2017]."

On how Henry would be utilized should he play on Sunday:

"It would be in certain situations, probably. He would be on a pitch count."

On if 10-15 plays would be expected out of Henry should he play:

"We would always start out that way, but you never know. There is no tomorrow."

On NT Brandon Mebane:

"[Brandon] Mebane is with his family, as he should be. He's doubtful [to play] right now, but we're going to be fine without Mebane if doesn't make it [to Baltimore]."

On the depth behind Mebane:

"[NT] Damion Square has stepped up. [DT] Darius Philon and [DT Justin] JJ [Jones]. All three of those guys rotated earlier at that spot when [Mebane] was out. They did a good job."

On replacing LB Jatavis Brown:

"We have linebackers Nick Dzubnar, Kyle Emanuel and we've got Hayes [Pullard]. We've had a lot guys who have been working in that position this week."

On whether James has exceeded expectations as a rookie:

"He's doing everything we thought he would. He's a heck of a football player, man. We liked him a lot coming out [of college] and couldn't believe he was there when we picked [in the NFL Draft]. He's living up to the expectations, for sure."

On playing on the road:

"You know, we've played well on the road trips. I think the guys like it. They like going into hostile environments and we'll be going in [to one in] back-to-back [games]. So, we'll see."

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