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Casey Rabach Media Session

On if he was surprised when he found out Jon Jansen was released:

"I was a little surprised, but you can never be too surprised with the NFL. I think Jon is happy with the situation he is in right now. I hope the best for him."

On if it was disappointing to lose such a close friend on the team in Jansen:

"Yeah, anytime a friend leaves the team, it's not fun. But we'll still stay in touch and we'll still have fun together."

On if he has talked to Jansen since the news of his release:

"We've talked and exchanged text messages. He is doing well. He is happy to be in Detroit. He is going back home. Obviously, he meant a lot to this team and to this offensive line, but it was time for him to take a different course."


On how he sees the competition at right tackle:

"I think they're all very talented. It's really hard to say in these OTAs until we put the pads on, but I think we'll find a suitable player to fill that spot. Stephon [Heyer] has grown and gotten better. I think [Jeremy Bridges] has proven he can play in this league. I think we're real excited about who we have."

On Chris Samuels back at practice, returning from a triceps injury:

"Anytime you lose a Pro Bowl player in Chris, like we did last year, it hurts. He's slowly coming back, and he's working on things. It's good to see him out there."

On if he sees a difference in Jim Zorn in his second year as head coach:

"He's a lot of more calm this go-around. Last year, a lot of things bugged him--little things bugged him. I think he has let a lot of that stuff go and he's definitely looser around us. He can joke around and have fun. He keeps practice interesting--he keeps it light."

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