Coach Dirk Koetter: DeSean Jackson 'Sets the Tone' in Camp

Head coach Dirk Koetter spoke to the media during Training Camp about wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

(On if the last day of camp is like the last day of school)

"Last day for some, first day for others."

(On if the energy level picked up for the last day of camp)

"I think the energy picked up when we came inside. Having the fans and having the air conditioning they like both."

(On if either side prevailed in the red zone drill)

"At the pace we were going today, it sort of negates the defense's chance to rush the passer full-speed. It's just work we needed to get in, some stuff for Detroit, some stuff that we're just finishing up on. That was really just low red-zone work, nothing more."

(On wide receiver Jake Lampman making a nice catch in practice)

"Yeah, he made a beautiful catch over there on the side. That receiver group is pretty deep. Lampman's a guy that played for the Saints before and we had him off and on last year. He's a good player, he's just in a crowded pack."

(On what he knows about tackle Donovan Smith)

"I know quite a bit about him. What do you know about him?"

(On Smith's injury status)

"Yeah, I'm not going to talk about injuries, same as always."

(On what changes with training camp ending)

"By far the biggest change is we switch to afternoon practice. We switch to the in-season schedule, so instead of 8:45 practice, we're practicing in the afternoon. When you're in the season, guys come in in the mornings; we do our install for the team that we're going to play; we go out and walk through before lunch; go in, have lunch; get taped, get treatment, practice in the middle of the afternoon; go back in and watch it. So the players are [in] like more of a seven a.m. to five p.m. job instead of a seven a.m. to nine p.m. job. The main thing is afternoon practices."

(On if the team accomplished all it wanted to in practice)

"Well, it's always the same thing. It's always injuries, right? You always wish you hadyou were able to put your top guys out there all the time, and it's just never going to be that way. We've been fortunate that really nothing that we've had in camp is going to be too long-lasting on maybe our starting players. Other than that, it's been really good."

(On defensive tackle Vita Vea)

"He's still not able to practice. We'll talk about him when we can."

(On wide receiver DeSean Jackson)

"DeSean's had a really good camp. I give DeSean a lot of credit for how he's come out here and worked and set the tone for some of the younger guys. He doesn't need to set it for Mike [Evans] and Hump [Adam Humphries] and Chris [Godwin], but DeSean's done a really good job in camp. And I think that more than anything else is, DeSean has come and really put his best foot forward every day."

(On if any of the players proved to be a pleasant surprise)

"Everybody out here is a pleasant surprise for me. I love working with these guys. I don't want to single guys out. Cuts are coming, we've got guys fighting for jobs, guys trying to make those last spots. I love how these guys are working. Even though training camp is over, evaluation is not over. For guys that are not in that top 22-to-30 players, evaluation these last two preseason games matters, a lot."

(On if any player has risen to the top in the kickoff return competition)

"Nope. We're still working with a lot of guys. Again, back to the two last preseason gamespart of that's going to be who's here. Like everything else, we have to work with what we have. You have to fill every single position and backups and special teams. It's a big puzzle. [General Manager] Jason [Licht] and his guys are working on it all the time. Health for sure plays into it, but we'll see. Well have it in time for New Orleans, I promise."

(On players getting hurt)

"Any time any player gets hurt, that's the first thing that goes through my mind and the first thing I'm sure that goes through Jason's mind is, 'When do we get him back, and how does it affect [the lineup]?' It's all a chain reaction. Any time a guy gets hurt, it affects the rotation of other guys and it affects if Jason has to go outside and look for something else. Whether it's Donovan's injury or any other guy that goes down, it's the same."

(On tackle Cole Boozer returning to practice)

"I think he was limited to individual [drills] today, but that's a step in the right direction."

(On how much it helps develop depth at a position when a number of players are injured)

"Well, unfortunately, depth at tackle is probably our biggest issue right now. I think as of today, four of our top six offensive tackles didn't practice today. So, yeah, it's let us see a lot of guys, and some guys we weren't even planning on playing [at] tackle."

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