(On how the team's approach to training camp is different than two years ago) "It's way different. It's a nice change, though. I think the team is maturing and he's allowing us to be pros and to kind of do what we need to do to get ready. We're still working really hard, getting a lot of good quality reps out there, competing. I mean it's really iron sharpening iron. It's great to see.
(On what exactly is different about training camp this season) "Well the whole schedule is different. We have a lot more free time which I think allows us to take care of our bodies. And then being on the field, usually there's no huddle and full-out—you're doing seven or eight plays in a row and, the last couple years, I think were built in to that. We're definitely going to get there. We want to be the hardest-working team in the league. We'll gradually get there. I think it's going to be beneficial for us."
(On if he stays in shape year-round) "I think the guys who have realized, who play a long time in this league, usually are the hardest-working people. The guys who are the most successful are usually the hardest-working people, and so I try and be on the same par, the same playing field as those guys. The Larry Fitzgeralds I got a chance to witness. Adrian Wilson played a long time and was great towards the end of his career, guys I just got to witness first hand. And I studied guys like Jerry Rice, and Ray Lewis, and Bruce Smith and Reggie White and those guys. Everybody who talks about them says that they're the hardest-working guys, so I try—I don't know if I'm on that level, but I try to work as hard as I can."
(On if he's noticed the conditioning aspect of the team coming in to camp) "Oh, yeah."
(On if the team's current conditioning is different than last year at this time) "Well, I'll say that there's an energy. There's just a pep in a step and I think that comes from being in quality shape. Guys are ready, focused, locked in. I think it's not even just physical shape, but I feel like guys are very locked in on knowing what to do too early on. You know you're going to make mistakes, especially the first couple days of practice, but I feel like we didn't make as many mistakes as we could have yesterday. Especially from the guys that are the core guys. There's some young guys that, you know, that's just the way it is, but I think that we're a lot further along then we could be at this point in time, but there's still a lot of work to do.
(On if he notices if specific players are better conditioned this year compared to last year) "Yeah. I think that anytime you come off of a season where you didn't do as well as you wanted to, guys kind of—you develop a chip on your shoulder again. I'm sure you can see it around when you look at guys, they're working hard trying to earn back that respect that we once had, and I think that comes from just the daily grind and you can see the guys that have been working really hard and very much inspiring. We're an inspired team right now."
(On if he gets upset when he hears the narrative of 'taking the load off him' due to his age) "It's tough because I like to be the hardest-working person on the field. That's kind of been my M.O. the majority of my career, and so when you know you're taking reps off and you're not getting as much, you're not the hardest-working person on the field at all, so it's a balance. But I also know that you only get so much tread on your tires and so I have to be smart and take advantage of allowing my body to adjust slowly. I can't just go out here and act like I'm 25 again, you know? But it's a balance, so I got to push myself and work as hard as I can, but also take care of my body as much as I can, too. The coaching staff, we sit down, we talked about—or put together a good quality plan and well see how it goes, just take it one day at a time and I'm making sure I'm trying to be the best I can be."
(On when he started to feel healthy after last season's injuries) "I took an offseason. I don't know exactly when it was, but it definitely was offseason, that's for sure."
(On early impressions of Josh Allen) "He's very physically blessed, that's for sure. We got to do stuff together even before we came in for camp. We were working together a little bit and my man is very blessed. He's a hard worker, he wants to learn. He seeks a lot of knowledge. Those are good things you want to see from a rookie. He understands that he was the seventh-overall pick and the first-round pressure that comes around. He understands that people will expect a lot from him, and he's just trying to be the best he can be. It's still early, we still have a lot of time to figure it out. First impressions are pretty good."
(On if he talks with Yannick Ngakoue and updates him on training camp) "It's only been a couple days, but we definitely talk a little bit here and there. It is mostly just general catching up. You know he's working. Wherever he is, you know he's working. When we talked, I'm very confident that he's going to be in really good, quality shape and he's going to come back focused and ready to go."
(On if there is a difference with Senior Defensive Assistant Dom Capers being on staff) "He's made his presence felt, but we are who we are. I think our defense and what we are doing, what we've done the last couple years, it's been impressive. It's nice to have a guy like Coach Capers. He is one of the best to ever do it, come in and have his influence. It's been beneficial. He's definitely made his presence felt. We are who we are and we are going to do what we do."
(On if he is still the 'King of the Hill' for having the most sacks and if he reminds Yannick Ngakoue about that) "Oh yeah. I have to talk as much trash as I can because it's tough. I have a feeling he's going to have a really good year this year. That is just the way I feel. I'm trying to make sure I push myself as motivation. Friendly competitions like that are really good for us because it allows you to dig a little bit deeper and compete, so when in the game, he makes a big play, it's like, OK, I'll celebrate with him and we will have a good time, but I want to make a play too. It gives me a little more motivation."
(On his 'King of the Hill' competition with Yannick Ngakoue) "Yeah, it's been great. I make sure he knows I'm going to be king of the hill still. That's the guy who is coming. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it. He's going to have to earn it though if he wants it."
(On if he notices Quincy Williams) "Yes, he's in there with the ones. You can't help, but to notice him. He's done some good things. He's getting better each and every day. It's too early to see if he is going to the guy that we need him to be, but he's getting better. The biggest thing is when he makes a mistake, can he correct it? Today I saw him make some corrections from yesterday. That's a good feeling. Hopefully he keeps going, but he is a guy that we are going to need to step up. He has big shoes to fill. One day at a time. He's definitely … You talk to him and he's a bright kid. He gets it."
(On if he gets a sense from Yannick Ngakoue that he can't wait to finish his contract and get back to camp) "Yes. 'Yann' loves football. He is a guy who loves the game of football. He has his people that he employs to give him the best advice and figure out what he needs to do and it's a business. But there are no ifs, ands or buts about it. 'Yann' loves the game of football and when he gets back, he is going to be on point ready to go and I know he's itching to get back. He can't wait. I know it tears him up not to be here with us working. He's a guy that we all know that he's working somewhere."
(On what kind of growth he saw out of Myles Jack this offseason) "A whole lot. He's getting to the age where it starts to click, the light bulb comes on and he becomes a vet. The first three years, you are kind of young and trying to figure it out. Once you are coming up on that fourth year, you become vested, you kind of become a vet. He's definitely … You can see him when it comes to setting the defense, getting everybody lined up, it's night and day compared to what it was last year. He's quick and on it. Also, you can tell he's watched a lot more tape. He understands the scheme and philosophies a lot more. There is obviously still a lot of room for improvement, but it is good that he is on that track because that is the next step. The first thing is getting everybody lined up and knowing where everybody is supposed to be. The second thing is understanding the schemes and where you are strong, where you are weak, where people are trying to attack you. That's what he's starting to learn now."