Comments from Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox following the team's practice.
On injuries: Did not practice -
On how quarterback
On rookie safety
On Pugh's leadership potential: We investigate these guys pretty in depth coming in. Some of them we do better on than others. But he's one that has caught on pretty quickly, and I think he'll help us this year.
On offenses not doing as well in the preseason because they are not gameplanning for the defenses: Not really. Every time you go out there it's a learning experience, whether you're a veteran or a young player or new to our system. You're going to see just about anything during a given season, and the more looks and the sooner you see things the better. It may not work out statistically the way you want it to, but those things all come into play, helping you as you work through the preseason.
On defensive tackle
On how Hayden has improved since last season: Just playing the game more. Like anything, supposedly the more you do it the better you get, and he works very hard so he's getting better. He was our third tackle a year ago; I thought he played good football for us and I think he's building on that this year.
On the competition at defensive tackle: As far as picking starters and whatnot, we are rotating a lot of guys through there that we haven't seen a lot in live action, and that's all part of the evaluation process.