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Ron Rivera Presser: ACL injuries are not 8 months; Chase Young’s repair was more extensive

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today’s practice

Ron Rivera

Dan Snyder/Jim Irsay:

Packers losing Davante Adams:

Injured players:

“It was good to see. They all came in this morning and looked pretty good. Logan’s still off to the side, but Jahan got some reps today, looked good out on the football field. Cosmi got some reps too. He’s trying to learn how to play with the hand taped up with basically his left hand, and he actually looked pretty good.”

Chase Young:

Taylor Heinicke:

“You see it. Like today we had a route out there and one of the guys could have done something a little different and Taylor right away explained it to him and you see that just because of his background in this. I mean, he’s been in it since Minnesota when he was with the Vikings way back when. So, he’s got a very good knowledge of it. And you saw it during the regular season when he was the backup going up to players and explaining certain things to them. He’s very solid in this.”

Jahan Dotson:

“Because of his route running ability. I think one thing that when you really watch him, and we saw this last year when we were scouting him, and you see he uses his body to be between himself, the ball and the defender. And when you can do that and you have a catch radius, you know, you can come up with contested balls, you present the type of target that a quarterback needs, it doesn’t matter where he throws it, he’s going to be able to go get it and protect it. And I think that’s one of the keys to his success. I think his route running because it’s very precise as well. He runs very mature routes It’s probably a good way to put it. You don’t see him cut a route short and you don’t see a guy throwing extra wiggler in there or anything like that. It’s get to where he needs to be, get to his depth, get to his area, and bam, turn around and present the target. Quarterbacks have confidence in that.”

Sam Cosmi at guard:

Taylor Heinicke

Starting last year:

“I think the biggest thing I took away from last year was just the experience. I think the more reps you get in live games, the more comfortable you get. Starting 15 games last year, I feel a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident in what I need to do to win and what not to do, to lose. Obviously last year I threw 15 picks, that unacceptable. That’s the easiest way to lose games is turn the ball over. So if I can keep the ball in our possession, just move the chains and obviously against the Packers last year, we moved the ball, we got down to the red zone. We just couldn’t punch it in. So, against these guys, move the ball, get down in the red zone and score this time, I like our chances.”

What's been learned since last year:

“Yeah, Obviously experience doesn’t really help you in the off season. There’s a couple things last year that I knew I needed to work on, whether it’s footwork or arm strength. I went out to Cali a couple times and worked with the same guy that Carson works with to try and improve on that. And I feel like I have. It’s still a work in progress, but something I work on every day.”

Playing the Packers again:

“Yeah, it’s cool. As many of you know, I was born a Green Bay fan. My dad’s from Wisconsin, so I grew up watching Brett Favre and Aaron Rogers. One of my last memories of me and my father was we got to watch a 2011 Super Bowl together and that’s when Green Bay won, and Aaron Rogers won that thing. So, to go up to Lambeau last year was super neat and to get the first start this year against, against Green Bay at home, it’s gonna be super cool. So, yeah, I’m excited for it.”

Carson Wentz injury:

“I was excited. A little anxious. I remember Carson telling me right after the game that he felt like he had a, a cracked finger and I told him I was gonna pretend like he didn’t say that to me. I had some plans to go play some golf down in Norfolk. Went down there and worked on my mechanics a little bit but no, you know, I was excited. It’s unfortunate that it had to come in these circumstances, but everyone in that locker room will would be lying to you if they said they weren’t excited to go play if it was their shot. I’m just trying to make the most of the opportunity.”

Wentz trade:

“Yeah, I understood it and I get it. You’re always looking for the next best guy in this league and that’s the only way you get better. So, I understood it, I accepted it and I just kept working hard and that’s the only thing I could do. That’s the only thing I could control. So again, you know, throughout the whole off season I was like, I’m going to prepare, like I’m starting because who knows what’s going to happen. The NFL’s crazy game a hundred percent, the people in the NFL get hurt at some point. So again, it’s unfortunate that Carson got hurt, but here we are and you know, I’m excited to go play.”

Jahan Dotson/Curtis Samuel:

“Yeah, it’s huge. You guys see what Curtis can do. It’s amazing and I’ve been with him in Carolina, so the timing with me and him is I feel like it’s there, I know what to expect from him. Jahan, on the other hand, I haven’t got a lot of reps with him throughout the OTAs and off season. Carson [Wentz] was really working a lot with him but I feel comfortable with him. He’s a smart guy. He makes a lot of good plays and I feel like I have a lot of trust in him and I’m sure he has the same in me. So, it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be fun to have those guys out there and, and see what they can do.”

J.D. McKissic:

“J.D. is an awesome guy, not just on the field but in the locker room as well. He’s probably one of the most light guys on the team and he’s funny. Sometimes I’ll start saying a play and he’ll try and finish the play before I can finish it. He knows this offense, he knows what our reads are. If he could throw the ball, he could probably be a quarterback, but he’s a special part of this team and he brings a lot to the table, so it’s nice to have him.”

Film overload:


“I try not to think about it. My biggest thing when it comes to fans is I’ve always been a football fan. And again, I’ve always had dreams of being in the NFL. I remember when I was a kid and I went to Falcons training camp down in Georgia, and those players that took the time to take a picture with you or sign whatever you had, that meant a lot to me. So, it kind of made me dream about, ‘Hey, I wanna go to the NFL.’ It was cool. So, if I could just give that back to the kids, the fans, whoever they are. That’s just my way of kind of giving back. Yeah, it’s great having fans, people encouraging you, and hoping that you do well. Obviously you want that. So hopefully we can go out there on Sunday and give ‘em something to be proud of.”

Logan Thomas

Calf injury:

Terry McLaurin

Taylor Heinicke:


Jahan Dotson

Hamstring injury:

Curtis Samuel

Carson Wentz/Taylor Heinicke:

Benjamin St-Juste

Belongs in the NFL:

Kendall Fuller

Practice Updates

Jahan Dotson

Logan Thomas

Tight Ends

Sam Cosmi


William Jackson

Side field

RB drills