How are you feeling this year?
AL: I'm really excited go, I'm feeling good. I'm a little sore, but that's to be expected in training camp. I'm definitely excited to get out there.
How's the offense looking?
AL: It's looking good. Obviously we've got a lot of work to do, a lot of work during this training camp to figure out who's going to be where and to create an identity, to forge an identity. I think we're on the right track now.
You've got a lot of weapons back, with your running backs, your receivers and you got some of those tight ends back. But your offensive line, there are a lot of changes there.
AL: Well, two guys that didn't change are David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin. I think they're some of the best offensive linemen I've seen in college; I'm very fortunate to be able to play with them over the past couple of years. They're doing a great job of setting the standard on the offensive line and lifting everybody up. Guys at right tackle, three guys have been getting reps and doing a good job — David Yankey, Cameron Fleming and Tyler Mabry—they've all been competing their butts off. Kevin Danser at the left guard has done a good job, and Khalil Wilkes and Sam Schwartzstein at center and sort of working in at guard as well. So lots of guys are getting looks as they should, I think they all bring certain strengths to the table. It'll come—it takes time to be out there and practice and make the calls and go through the funky looks.
How important is that center-quarterback relationship to you?
AL: I think it's very important, and thankfully we have two guys on the team in Khalil and Sam that I'm comfortable taking snaps with—I've done it all summer, all spring, did it years ago…But it's critical, they're going up there and making calls, so we have to be on the same page, the same wavelength on a lot of thoughts.
How are the other quarterbacks developing? What have you seen from them so far in camp?
AL: I think they're doing a great job. Especially the two older ones—Josh Nunes and Robbie Picazo—they've been here longer than any of the other guys. They're working hard, they're really starting to get a grasp of the offense. Brett Nottingham has a really live arm, he's done a really good job this camp of applying himself and really trying to mature quickly and be ready for a chance if he does get one. The two freshmen obviously, they've been in training camp for three practices now, it's hard to say, but I think they're both very athletic, good-looking strong kids and intelligent, so I'm very excited about the future of the position here.
With all the work you've put in with the receivers during the offseason, can you already see that manifesting, or is that going to be later in camp?
AL: I think it gave us an opportunity to start fast in the 7-on-7 period in the first two days. They're base installs, anyone who's been here for a year should know these down pat, and be able to come to practice without going to meetings and run all the plays. I definitely think it gives us a chance to come out here and start fast in training camp, as opposed to maybe spending that extra 30 minutes going over a play or a mistake that could have been fixed.
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