Training Camp Quotes 8/4/03

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the team’s energy after a day of rest) “Today we worked on our blitz pick ups, so that always puts a little extra tempo in things.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the team's energy after a day of rest)

"Today we worked on our blitz pick ups, so that always puts a little extra tempo in things. Overall, I thought it was good after a day and a half off."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the offensive line)

"Obviously, we have a lot of guys who have played together. All of our young guys are coming on, and it's just a matter of playing together."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the offensive line compared to last year)

"I think we are a little bit ahead of where we were last year at this time. They've done a lot of hard work in the off season. Some of our guys like Rick DeMulling and Ryan Diem have benefited by just being here another year."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on preparing for Saturday's pre season game)

"It's game week, but for the first half of the week, we still want to concentrate on our fundamentals and get better as a team. In the second half of the week, we will start focusing in on Chicago."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the importance of creating turnovers)

"Defensively, we've got to get more turnovers. This should be a high interception defense. The places I've been in the past, 32 to 40 interceptions for the year is what you shoot for."

RB-ROBERT REDD (on what playing football means to him)

"It's something that I've always wanted to do since I was a little kid. My uncles didn't get a chance to play professionally, so they're living their dreams through me."

RB-ROBERT REDD (on what position he prefers)

"It really doesn't matter. I'm going do what God blessed me to do, and that's make plays."

WR-ADAM HERZING (on being on practice squad last year)

"I expanded my game and got adjusted to how everything works. I feel like I'm a much better player because of it."

WR-ADAM HERZING (on competition at WR)

"I control how I play. The other guys are here for a reason. They make me better and I do the same for them. It all helps in the long run. There is a lot of competition at wide receiver and everybody is better because of it."

RB-BRIAN ALLEN (on what he did during his time last year with his injury)

"I used it as a time to rehab, go to meetings and attend some of the games to watch and learn from Edgerrin (James) and Dominique (Rhodes)."

RB-BRIAN ALLEN (on what he learned)

"I practiced mental reps and envisioned myself in the situations that I saw. Afterwards I would talk to James (Mungro), Ricky (Williams), or Coach (Gene) Huey and get their opinions."

OT-ADAM MEADOWS (on protecting so many pro-bowlers)

"It is amazing. I told somebody last year that you cannot take it for granted. You look around the huddle and you have about three potential Hall of Famers. It is really humbling to play with them. It gives you an extra incentive to keep that guy upright."

OT-ADAM MEADOWS (on the offensive line)

"I think we are bound by our obscurity. We do not get a lot of credit. We are really close. I know it is a cliché, but if one of us does not do are jobs, then we are not going to work well. We take pride in what we do. We are getting the work done this year and getting better."

RB-EDGERRIN JAMES (on how he is feeling compared to last year)

"There is a big difference in everything like the cuts and even going through the hole. It is totally different. I do not feel fatigued and I can take more reps. Before, I was just doing one-a-day, and now I am full throttle."

RB-EDGERRIN JAMES (on down the field work)

"That is one thing I have always wanted to do. The way I see my career in the later years is more of a receiver type back because then I can run routes. I am trying to learn from Marvin (Harrison), so I could be a receiver. I know that in time running backs get a lot of wear and tear."

RB-EDGERRIN JAMES (on the offensive line)

"I have to understand what they are doing, when they are doing it, so everyone gets on the same page. Before I was just running on instincts, but now I am trying to take it a step deeper into the game."

TE-DALLAS CLARK (on his first days at training camp)

"I am definitely getting in more football shape. The first day was rough and hot. My legs are getting better. I am getting used to the routine of practice and I am definitely getting better."

TE-DALLAS CLARK (on the tutoring from TE-Marcus Pollard)

"He has done a wonderful job. He is always there for reference and to throw out little pointers. It is really good to have him there because this is his ninth season. He knows what he is doing."

DB-DAVID MACKLIN (on training camp)

"It's always hard work and you want to get better. This training camp is better than last year because we know the concepts our coaches want."

DB-DAVID MACKLIN (on the last two years)

"I have been blessed. Everything happens for a reason. I think the last two years have made me ready for this year. This is going to be a good year for me.

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