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Transcript: James White Press Conference 11/28

Q: How good was it to get Rex Burkhead back out there on the practice field this week?

JW: It's always good to have Rex back in there. He's a versatile guy, makes plays on special teams. Offensively, running the ball, catching the ball. He just gives us more weapons.

Q: How good is this Minnesota defense?

JW: They're really good. They don't do anything crazy, but they're really good at what they do. They're good on the defensive line, good at linebacker and good in the secondary. They try to make you drive the football. They turn the ball over a lot as a defense, so it's going to take our best effort.

Q: How nice is it for the offense to be getting healthy at this time of year for you to utilize the full array of weapons at your disposal?

JW: It's definitely good to have everybody out there. You still have to go out there and play football at the end of the day, no matter who's out there. We haven't played our best football yet. We know what we're capable of. We've just got to go out there and do it. We've got to execute for four quarters, start fast and keep our foot on the gas.

Q: How much of a boost was it to get Shaq Mason back and to just have the continuity across the whole offensive line all game last Sunday with Marcus Cannon and Trent Brown?

JW: It's good to have those guys back too, but even when guys like Ted Karras or LA [LaAdrian Waddle] get in there, those guys get the job done as well. Those starting five guys – they've built a good relationship and good camaraderie. They're really good when they get it going. 

Q: Mike Zimmer praised the offense's play-action passing game today. How much of an influence does the coaching staff have on the little things about that aspect of the offense, such as utilizing the same looks in run formations to help disguise the play-action?

JW: You have to sell the run in order for the receivers to be as wide open as they can get. The offensive line has to sell it, quarterbacks, running backs. You have to make it look exactly like the run if you want it to be successful. It takes hard work.

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