"I’ve been impressed with how they are studying and working hard. When they mess up, you can tell it hurts them and they don’t want to do it again," Gruden said. "Those two guys are focused on what they can bring to the team and they are going to be very good players."
"I thought they went very good. It’s been very productive. When you have 10 draft picks there’s a lot of opportunity to get those guys involved and see them get incorporated in the offense and defense and then a little bit of special teams. To a man I’ve been pleased with what they’ve come out here and done. Now most will be here this week and get infused with the rest of the team."
"As you know, we’ve kind of filled what were in my mind perceived open chairs, so (today) we have an opportunity to really fill in our roster with some guys who will come in here and compete. That’s the great thing. If you look at the guys we’ve added in the fourth round, fifth round, sixth round, seventh round the last years, there’s a guy that pops up as a very legitimate player for us."
"If that happens it would be great. I have all the respect in the world for James. He's a guy who I think would be great in this locker room. He's a no nonsense guy. Really a dedicated, fierce competitor. He's one of those guys that sets the tone with the way he plays the game. I think it would be great to have him in our locker room if that happens but we'll wait and see. I'd be very excited about it."
Bengals OC Jay Gruden brushed off concerns over Andy Dalton's late-season fade, expressing confidence in him as the quarterback of the future.
"I think Andy is the guy. If you compare his two-year stats to Drew Brees and the other great quarterbacks now, I think you'd be surprised what he's done his first two years," Gruden said. "Obviously he has shown some flaws he has to work on, but every other quarterback in their first two years in the league has shown that." While Dalton entered the league with doubts about his physical limitations, it's a growing concern that he's grown more hesitant and regressed mentally. Jan 8 - 5:56 PM
Hue Jackson traded for Palmer 55 weeks ago -- but not to do what he did late in the fourth quarter Sunday against Tampa Bay. With the Raiders coming back to within 35-32 and the crowd in the Black Hole going nuts, Palmer lofted up a duck to no one in particular that first-year Buc safety Ahmad Black picked off to ice the game. Can't do that, Carson.