"For a first day, he did fine. You can't expect him to come in and have a total grasp of everything that we do, but he did well for a first day."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he'd like WR-Kenny Moore to return kickoffs and punts)
"It just depends. It depends on how it all works out. He certainly has the ability to do so. We'll see."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if sometimes having a new guy back there returning kicks can provide a spark)
"RB-Devin ( Moore) had some pretty good returns when you think about it. He had the long one that was called back. He had a couple that were very, very good returns. I just think that he was learning and getting a grasp of things, and you could see him continue to get better and better and better. We're hoping that we can get the same type of incremental improvement from our team. DB-Justin (Tryon) got in there and did a decent job, as well. We'd like to do more, and I think in both cases, they both give us a chance to keep it moving."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on decision to sign to RB-Javarris James)
"It's a numbers issue, and a numbers issue is usually caused by some concern that we have. We're just trying to make certain that we are in a position to cover ourselves if we have any difficulty."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on it being nice to bring in a guy that is familiar with the system) Thursday, October 7, 2010
"It helps when they do have some sort of infrastructure, and he certainly does. He was immersed in it for a number of months. It should help him in terms of recall."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it is safe to say that he knows who will start at the safety position opposite DB-Antoine Bethea, but he doesn't want to announce it)
"(That) Probably would not be accurate. To me, until we're all finished, Wednesday is a big work day, Thursday is a big work day. Until you get through Friday you're really still in the evaluating stage."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the battle to start at safety has sort of a training camp feel to it with guys battling for a position)
"Obviously, it wouldn't quite be like that because we do have a sense. The guys have been here. It's not like it's completely a toss-up. There is a rank and order. We're just maybe confirming things more so than anything else. We're not completely lost, in that regard."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Joseph Addai's ability to pass block)
"He's excellent. You saw some great examples over the weekend. That is certainly a big part of what we do. You have to be able to do more than one thing. You can't be a one-dimensional player and play back in our backfield, simply because of the fact that oftentimes a lot of the plays are audibles that are checked into, so you really don't know if it is going to be a pass or a run until the defense deploys. A guy has to be versatile in that regard and pass protection is extremely important."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what does it take for a running back to be a solid pass protector)
"Smart, toughness, awareness. That's where the intelligence comes from. He has to know and he has to be able to anticipate. The toughness part comes when he recognizes it, he has to be able to do something about it. That's important."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how WR-Pierre Garcon looked yesterday)
"He looked good, so far. We'll see how he does today, but we're certainly encouraged."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the mantra 'Next Man Up' applying to anybody, even guys who just were signed)
"It's a challenge. Also, it's been done on several occasions. Last year, LB-Jordan Senn came in, really off the street, and ended up playing 51 plays for us in a ballgame (at Arizona) or somewhere in that neighborhood. It was well over 45. I think it might have been 51 just off the top of my head, but it was a significant number. He ended up playing and playing well. Like I said, it works both ways. Some guys, they are looking for an opportunity, sometimes a bit of hiatus kicks them to another level and you get some pretty strong performances that way. You can't place any limitations on them."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on it being a challenge to the coaching staff to get players that weren't on the roster last week ready to play)
"They have to work a little bit of overtime, try to get them in early, maybe stay a little later, to try to get them caught up to speed."