Mike Pettine: "The toughness part is not an issue"

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Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine**

Training Camp – August 7, 2013

Q: You're shuffling through a number of inside and outside linebackers during the team portions. Are you trying to find the right combinations?

A: A lot of those guys need those reps. We don't want to give them to one particular guy. A lot of those positions, when we get to the third-down stuff especially, we handle it by committee. A lot of those fit into the cross-training category as well. We are making sure that different players are getting reps at similar jobs.

Q: What has Alex Carrington showed you?

A: Consistency. He's probably been our most consistent player on the grade sheets, very rarely gets a minus. He's probably our most technically sound guy up front, plays at great pad level. As you saw in the scrimmage, he's a guy that usually quiet. But when it's a live situation like that, he gets pretty fired up. Our guys fed of his energy a little bit and made some plays. It was fun to watch.

Q: What do you see out of Marcell Dareus?

A: He has come out every day and is looking to get better. He's got some technique things he has clean up. We are trying to get him to be a little more aggressive and roll off the ball and use his size. Sometimes you get big guys that think they're little guys. Some of their moves are that way, where he has to understand at times he needs to use his size and his strength. He is, learning curve wise, where he should be. I think he's having a pretty good camp.

Q: What were you impressions of him when he was entering the league?

A: Very good. He was very high on our board.

Q: What is your assessment of Leodis McKelvin?

A: He's shown that he has elite cover ability. He's got great feet, and for a guy his size, he is not afraid. The toughness part is not an issue. He's not afraid to stick it up in there. There are times when I cringe when he goes up in there with the big guys. But he's been impressive so far and I'm looking forward to having him out there.

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