Holmgren opened his press conference by stating: "We are having receiver tryouts this afternoon, if anybody wants to give it a shot."
Obviously, that is the topic at hand. As Eric blogged earlier, Samie Parker was added to the roster in place of Rob Sims, who was placed on injured reserve. Holmgren said he did not know how much each new player will be able to do or what role they will have. Billy McMullen is ahead of Parker because he has been with the the Eagles (Andy Reid) and the Redskins (Jim Zorn) and so knows the terminology and concepts of the West Coast offense.
Holmgren also says he does not yet know who is going to start at the split end and flanker spots, in part I think because he is not pleased with the way in which Courtney Taylor performed. There seems to be a few things at play here: Either Holmgren is not going to start Taylor to make a point, or he is not saying it publicly to motivate Taylor and not allow him to think he has it made despite the numbers.
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Holmgren said there is a chance that Seneca will get some time at wide receiver, as well as punt returner, but he wants to see how practice goes this week. I'm not sure who else there is besides Wallace right now for punt returns, unless they want to hard-core somebody by indoctrinating them this week. Holmgren did say he feels much more comfortable with Charlie Frye then he did maybe when camp started.
Pork Chop will start at right guard. Locklear will not be back this week, but probably next week. Holmgren said he did not know about moving Willis to right guard once Locklear comes back, in part because he wants to see how everybody performs. He said he really likes the way Willis plays tackle, but he also did not completely rule out Willis playing guard.
Holmgren essentially said Ryan Plackemeier was the sacrificial lamb. He said that special teams simply cannot perform that way in a game, and somebody had to go. Since Jon Ryan was available, they went with him. He had a good workout and he has been consistent.
Holmgren said, "Preseason is preseason" when referring to the release of Jordan Kent and Justin Forsett, who had the most productive exhibitions games. He basically said they are in desperate times right now and they don't have the luxury of letting the young guys develop. Regarding Coutu still being on the roster, Holmgren said, Stay tuned. They may be making even more moves this week.
Holmgren kind of said offhandedly that the medical staff is telling him that Deion Branch and Bobby Engram will be available after the bye week.
He said that Koren Robinson was one of about 30 receivers they discussed. He said he would have no problem bringing back Koren, and said he likes him and thinks he could be productive and signing him would be logical. But he never really gave a solid answer why they did not call him – other than to leave you thinking that Tim Ruskell did not sign off on it.
I asked Holmgren if the thought ever crossed his mind this week: I came for this? That led to a few other questions. Holmgren essentially said to put the brakes on all the gloom and doom talk. They still have their quarterback. They still have a solid defense intact. And they are going to go out and try to win games, and hope to get back their receiving corps after the bye week. They are in it to win and they are not taking the mindset that injuries have derailed their season because nobody else outside of the VMAC cares about their woes.