At the end of the 12 spring practices, new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was asked for his assessment on how the players have taken to the playbook.
“They have a good feel for what we’re looking for at this point,” McAdoo told reporters.
“To say that we have things mastered after 12 practices, by no stretch of the imagination do we have everything mastered, but they understand the identity that we’re looking for moving forward, and it will be exciting to get them back here and get some pads on,” he added.
Besides trying to bring the new offense up to speed, McAdoo still has some looming questions that could potentially affect his initial plans.
For example, there is the unsettled offensive line, which could be looking at missing left tackle Will Beatty and right guard Chris Snee.
There is also the matter of the tight end position, where no one from a group that includes Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis and Xavier Grimble has jumped out to take the lead in this competition.
Want more question marks? Take a look at the running back spot, where the team may or may not have David Wilson, and where it is no doubt hoping for rookie Andre Williams to show an accelerated understanding of the offense so he can get on the field a lot sooner than Michael Cox and David Wilson did in their respective rookie seasons.
The good news is that McAdoo seems to understand that every offense takes on a life form of its own based on the personnel.
Based on what he told reporters during his introductory conference call back in February, he seems willing to be flexible in that regard.
“At the end of the day, you have to make sure you’re flexible enough,” he said at the time. “It depends on what type of personnel you feed it to see what it’s going to look like.”
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.