Comments from Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox following the team's morning training camp practice.
On who did not practice:
On how the first practice went: Good. It's been a year since they've been in pads, not that it's sloppy, but guys are getting used to that and it's the first time they've had the armor on for awhile. But I thought it was a good first day.
On not having quarterback Jake Delhomme in training camp: With every season comes change. You have a new personality. We feel comfortable with the guys we have. Obviously, we all liked and miss Jake, but there are other guys - Muhsin Muhammad, Brad Hoover, a lot of guys - that have been a big part of this organization for some time. Now we've just got a younger bunch.
On trying to get a young group of players ready to play in a hurry: That's the case every year. It's a race now. Everybody is 0-0 and everybody is fighting for the same thing, so it's not all business as usual in the National Football League.
On if he is hesitant to move
On if moving Beason to the Will is permanent or if he is still looking at other options: We've got some new faces there, and we don't know what our best combination is going to be yet. That's why we're here in camp. That will be a day-by-day evaluation, and we'll try to get our best three on the field.
On if he is concerned about Beason making the defensive calls from the Will rather than the Mike: He's still making our signal calls. He's out in front in the huddle and he'll make all those calls. Those three guys are on a string anyway, so regardless of whether it's the Mike, Sam or Will, they can communicate those calls after the huddle.
On rookie quarterback
On what Clausen needs to work on: Familiarity - like anything, the first time you do it it's a little more foreign than the second and third time. It's just a matter of reps and getting game looks in game conditions. That's critical for any quarterback.
On if he liked how the quarterbacks practiced today: Yeah, (but) it's one practice. There's no question we're young, and I'm looking forward to seeing them in game conditions and we won't get a chance to take a look at that until the preseason starts.
On the importance of staying healthy during training camp: It's always a key, whether it's training camp, preseason games or regular season games. It's a physical game. It's a contact game that sometimes doesn't bode well for the body. Hopefully, we can stay healthy and that be true with any team in the league.
On if he envisions rookie