SANTA CLARA – Ted Ginn Jr. attended the minicamps and the OTAs, but he didn’t participate because the knee and ankle injuries that kept him out of the NFC Championship Game all the way back in January still bothered him. Six months later, he’s apparently ten pounds heavier, stronger and healthy.
The past two days he’s worked out with the rookies at the team facility, and he gave himself an A+ for his work. This afternoon he talked to reporters about his injuries, the recent workouts and more. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What was the injury that held you out in the offseason?
GINN: There were a couple, but I fought through them and I’m back.
Q: Was it the same stuff that kept you out of the Championship Game?
Q: Are you bigger this year than you’ve been in the past?
GINN: A little bit. I had some time to really hit the weight room, work on my upper body, get stronger.
Q: What’s your weight?
GINN: About 185.
Q: What has it been?
GINN: About 175.
Q: Is the speed still there?
Q: Will you be healthy and fully ready to go for training camp?
Q: When did you feel like you were 100 percent back?
GINN: This right here really was the test. Get in early with these young guys, fly around, do certain things out there to see where I’m at, and as it’s been going I can give myself an A+ right now.
Q: What kind of advice are you giving A.J Jenkins on returning punts?
GINN: Being out here in San Francisco, the weather we have – the wind – that plays a big part. We’ve got Andy Lee as a kicker. We’ve got David Akers as a kicker. They’re two of the greats right now in our league, and to be able to come out and practice with them and with the wind, learn the flights of the ball – that’s all I can really teach him. Don’t shy away. Start getting under it.