Three questions with DL coach Dan Quinn

Throughout the coming weeks, each assistant coach will answer a trio of rapid-fire questions regarding his position group in light of the two recent minicamps and the additions through the draft. Here’s defensive line coach Dan Quinn:

What have you been seeing from Red Bryant at the defensive end spot?

When you talk about Red, he’s got size and length, so in the run game he’s real strong. He’s got power at the point of attack. He’s really able to hold the run. So far I’ve been very encouraged at the direction he’s going and the way he’s playing.

At the other defensive end spot, you’re playing Lawrence Jackson, Nick Reed and a handful of other guys. What are you looking for there?

We’re playing a lot of guys to see what roles are going to be created. We’re trying lots of guys at different spots, some guys to the open side, some guys to the tight end side. What we’re looking for are the guys who can play multiple spots, since they add value to the team. Overall as a group, we have about six or seven guys who are battling it out hard and it should make for a really competitive spring and training camp. There are some big-time battles at that spot.

What have you been impressed with in the middle of the line with Brandon Mebane and Colin Cole in there?

Brandon Mebane is off to a really good start, and he’s really improving his rush skills. Colin Cole and Craig Terrill are doing great too, and we’re even moving some of the D-ends inside to see what they can do. We’re putting some guys at different spots and creating competition all over the place and for all sorts of scenarios. We want to find out the different guys’ roles and establish those things now to find guys who will help us win this fall.

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