Head Coach Bill O’Brien
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
It looked like the coaches were having some fun at practice.
“Yeah, just a little 7-on-7 with the coaches. I mean, Anthony Weaver’s got to understand we don’t have any offensive linemen in there. We had (Mike) Devlin, he was snapping. But we had a pretty good offense. We got Pat O’Hara, former quarterback, (Wes) Welker, Johnny (John) Perry, Timmy (Tim) Kelly. I guess the defense, they said they got the better of us there, but I don’t know. We’ll rematch it next week.”
Were you involved in the coaches’ 7-on-7?
“No, I’m the coach. I just coach.”
Whose idea was that?
“It was good. That was actually Lamar Miller’s idea. I give Lamar credit for that.”
Was that a little Three Stooges routine going on in the middle of practice?
“No, that was (John) Butler and (Wes) Welker going one-on-one and Butler had no chance of stopping him, so we we’re giving him different ways that he could stop him. You know, the Three Stooges routine. Some of you guys probably aren’t old enough to remember the Three Stooges.”
How good is it to have TE C.J. Fiedorowicz back?
“Good. He’s had a good week of practice. He does a great job for us on the edge and he’s improved every year in the passing game. Obviously, last year, had a real good year in the passing game and it’s good to have him back healthy.”
What will be the roster move in order to bring TE C.J. Fiedorowicz back?
“Yeah, we’re still talking about that right now with Rick (Smith) and Jimmy (Raye III).”
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz only played the first game of the season, so at this point of the season and after the bye week has passed, how good is it to have a receiver that’s pretty much a fresh body with not a lot of hits to him?
“Look, it’s kind of a give and take. There is good in that, but then also, you haven’t had him for a while. You know what I mean? Like, he’s missed those games where you could look back and there were ways that you could’ve used him there. But, again, I think you’re right. I mean, there’s probably a little bit less wear and tear on him relative to the season and hopefully he can go out there and play fast.”
Do you think TE C.J. Fiedorowicz will start the game with TE Ryan Griffin in concussion protocol?
“Yeah, C.J. (Fiedorowicz) – as far as like starters go and things like that, I don’t see anybody at the skill position as necessarily a starter. It just depends on what personnel group you start the game in, but C.J. will play a lot, no doubt about it.”
TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ
How are you feeling?
“Great. Body feels good. I’ve stayed in shape and I’m ready to go for Sunday.”
What was the ordeal like being on the injured reserve list and knowing there was a chance you could be back?
“No one wants to be on IR. It was a brutal eight weeks. You feel like you’re kind of not part of the team. You’re kind of doing stuff on your own, working out on your own. It’s not something I had planned for, but my body feels good. I know a lot of guys’ bodies are beat up after eight weeks of this grind of the season, but I feel good and I’m out here ready to help the team.”
Were you getting extra antsy seeing how the offense was playing when you weren’t around?
“Yeah. I’m antsy no matter what. I mean, if I’m not on the field, it’s my job to be out there and help the team and obviously I was sitting on the sideline wishing I could be in there, but the rules are the rules. I’m looking forward to this week. I get to make my impact.”
Is there anything you can do to take extra precautions to stay healthy or can you not really think about it?
“If I’m taking precautions, if I’m thinking about getting hit again, it’s going to be worse. I’m going to take a worse hit if I’m playing slower or thinking too much. I just got to play, do what I do normally and be a little smarter, maybe. Maybe if I’m going into three guys that are ready to hit me, maybe go down before they get to me. Just playing the way I usually do.”