What We Learned From Thursday's Media Availability

Head Coach Andy Reid and DB Eric Murray spoke with the media on Thursday

HEAD COACH ANDY REID

OPENING STATEMENT:"Alright, as far as the people not playing this game: Justin Houston, Josh Mauga, Trey Millard, Dezman Moses, Tyler Bray will not play in this game, Charcandrick West, Jamaal Charles and Tamba Hali will not play, also. So, we were able to get some work out of some of the guys that have been hurt, and I thought that was important this week – we'll keep bringing it. They have a couple more weeks before we start. We have one more game after this. We look forward to going down to Chicago; we know they're a good football team. It should be good competition for this time of the year. So, it being a noon game, it'll be likewise a good thing."

Q: What have you seen from Brock Vereen?

REID:"Yeah, probably haven't seen him enough. I would like to see him play a little bit in a game. He's coming into that time of camp where it's not quite the same as if we were at training camp. He's a talented guy and that's why [John] Dorsey brought him in."

Q: Is quarterback Alex Smith going to play in the third quarter?

REID:"As far as play time goes – the No. 1's will go the first half and then I'll see about the second half and see which have to come out for the second half. And then we'll go: the No. 2's, No. 3's and – in the quarterbacks' case No. 4's – finish it up."

Q: So you intend to get all four of the [quarterbacks]?

REID: "We'll see. I'm going to just play it by ear."

Q: Will Phillip Gaines play?

REID:"Yeah there's a good chance. We'll see how he did today and how he feels."

Q: What do you try to look for in a third preseason game? What's the biggest emphasis?

REID: "Just keep polishing and get yourself ready for the upcoming season. Execution always, that becomes important as we go here."

Q: Is there any particular area in the first two games that you didn't think went as well as you expected?

REID: "Listen, in all phases we're not there yet. In all phases we can get better at things. There are some good things – some things we need to work on and that's what we're doing. We're going to keep trying to get better every day that we get a chance to come out on the field."

Q:Is it a surprise at all that other teams have been able to run well with their first-team offenses?REID:"They're pretty good run teams, so it's been a good test for us. There's a couple things we could do better in there, so we'll try to keep improving in those areas."

Q:After releasing Mike Williams and Stevie Brown last night, do you have any definite roster cuts in mind before Tuesday?

REID:"Those were veteran guys, so it gives them a chance to catch on with somebody else. That was a factor there. Otherwise, no. It's an open book for these guys to get in the game, have an opportunity, and show what they've got."

Q:From a timing perspective, do you feel like the passing offense is in a really good spot?

REID:"I'm never really in that position. We've done some good things, but we have a ton of room to work on with it."

DB ERIC MURRAY

Q:Eric, we've been talking to the coaches about what they expect in this third preseason game, is there something for you that you feel you have to showcase because many decisions will be made based on how a number of players will do Saturday?

MURRAY: "I think for me, the biggest part is being strong mentally and making the right calls. It's a lot different being a safety than being a corner because at corner you can really focus on yourself and what you have to do. At safety you really have to focus on other people and get other people lined up, so that's the difference."

Q:Do you think the coaches are waiting for you to take charge of that? Do you feel like you really have to impress upon them that?

MURRAY:"Yeah, because that's a daily challenge for me every day because I'm new and stuff like that. So they don't exactly know if I know it. That's a big part of the process to show them that I know the defense."

Q:How much of an adjustment is it for you?

MURRAY:"It's a huge adjustment really. I never played safety in college, so going to a higher league of football and playing it in the NFL and having to guard elite guys, that's a pretty hard challenge, and thinking at the same time."

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