Tariq Edwards chatted briefly with the media on Wednesday.
On whether or not he’s 100%: “I’m pretty good. Still just working on my shin and everything. They gave me [inaudible] to take some stress off of it, because I have like flat arches and stuff. So at times I still get a lot of pain, but I just play through it. It just feels good to be out there with my teammates.”
On whether he’s still kicking off the rust from missing so much time last year: “Somewhat, definitely. I gotta get back into shape as far as being able to play a whole season, but I was doing a lot during the spring and a lot of conditioning. We did a lot of conditioning over the summer, so I think I’m catching up pretty well.”
On where he is as a player: “I’m good on key reads, being able to get around, running and everything. I just feel like I’m getting it back.”
On how he stayed positive while not playing last year: “I mean, it sucked, you know? Actually my son played a big part in it. I wanted to be able to do it for him and provide a good future for him. I just wanted to make sure I was able to help my teammates. With Bruce back [on the team last year], that was one of the reasons I went ahead and got the surgery because we had somebody to take over. We had the surgery, things didn’t go so well, and I was kind of in a slump for awhile.”
On going through the same issues as D.J. Coles: “Yeah, definitely. Me and D.J. are roommates. We talk about it a lot, going through the same situation and being able to feel where each other is coming from. We can just kind of lean on each other.”