Vitt Q: Why will Akiem Hicks be different from Al Woods?
Vitt A: “I think this guy (Akiem Hicks) has a quicker twitch, he has better feet and he uses his better. Off the top of my head, that’s what I’ve seen in the evaluation.”
Spagnuolo Q: Some people had Corey White in the 600’s for available prospects. What went into evaluating him so high?
Spagnuolo A: “Joe (Vitt) hit it when he said we put a premium on corners in the package we’re going to run on arm length, height and his press ability. He showed that he was able to do that in this system. We have corners that have done that a lot. I think he’ll fit in that way. He played at a small school so you’ll get dinged for that a little bit and I don’t know if that’s always fair. That’s what our scouts dug up, a good name, a good prospect, we all looked at him and thought he was a pretty good football player.”
Vitt Q: Do you feel like you’re finished filling in with free agency?
Vitt A: “No, we’re never done. We’re going to look at the board every day. Mickey (Loomis) and Ryan Pace are going to always look to upgrade our football team. It’s funny, the draft just happened and now there’s going to be a second wave of cuts around the league. We’re going to evaluate that and see how we can upgrade our football team. That’s an ongoing process.”
Vitt Q: Are you beginning the undrafted rookie free agency signing period now?
Vitt A: “We’re going right now.”
Vitt Q: Is there a number of incoming rookie free agents you’re trying to hit?
Vitt A: “There is, but I’m not sure exactly what it is. I think it’s 18 to fill out the roster to get to 90 (players).”
Vitt Q: Do you think the NFC is going to be stronger this year?
Vitt A: “I think the conference is going to be better this year. I think our division is going to be better this year just with the players that came in last year coming into their second year. I think Cam Newton is going to be better, I think Julio Jones is going to be better and we’ve got to work hard to get better. You can’t speculate on the draft picks coming in this year. I know this; we’re going to love every one of these guys coming in here. We learned a long time ago as coaches that you have to love the one you’re with. I’ve been married 31 years and I wasn’t my wife’s first choice, I can promise you that. That’s what we’re going to do.”