"It was a great rush", Smith said, complimenting Garrett. I think he's doing an incredible job. Mix in Gregg Williams and Clyde Simmons and the coaching fraternity was quick to welcome Smith with open arms, where he would have expanded focus on Garrett's session.
"I said, 'Occasionally, he's slow off the ball, "' Smith said.
"I want to be specific about that because I made it clear when I was studying film with him when he was being drafted", Smith said.
"I got a chance to watch OTAs and one of the practices he was in he ran around, and it was probably something that nobody else would've noticed, but the ball got thrown and he sprinted down the field like 50 yards to chase the ball", Thomas said.
"It was fun", Garrett said. We feel like every day when we watch the tape, you keep watching him get better and better and better and better. "You're going to get better each day by doing that". I don't know how much he weighs, but usually guys that have his type of elite speed are more the 220-, 230-pound range and those guys are not as effective pass rushers usually because they're not as powerful.
"But as this process unfolds, he will understand how critical it is that every single snap, every single play, particularly when you're playing at home and the offense can't hear the snap count, that can be the difference between getting a sack and a forced fumble or just getting a hit on the quarterback", he said. "That's how critical every, single snap off the line of scrimmage is in this particular game". "Then, [left guard Joel] Bitonio came and basically stopped me in my tracks".
Jackson added: "If anybody can give him some good instruction on what they have seen through the years it's going to be Joe, and then it's good for Joe to go against somebody with that kind of explosion and that kind of speed and quickness".
One of his central takeaways from the session was how Thomas could prove to be an "invaluable asset" for the youngster.
"Because he deserves it and he's working hard", Jackson said.
"He has earned it", said Jackson. For starters, Garrett - at 272 - is about 30 pounds heavier than Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in 2013.
The league's career sacks leader with 200, Smith doesn't think it will take long for Garrett "to figure this game out".