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    Dan Persa Pre-Media Day Quick Hitters

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     Quick hitters with quarterback Dan Persa:

     

    On rehabilitating his torn Achilles:

    It's going well. The injury's 100 percent healed and now I'm just working to get my strength back. But it feels good. It's been a long way and I'm looking forward to camp.

     

    On the reality that it normally takes 12-to-14 months to recover from the type of injury he suffered:

    That's back to full recovery, but usually you can return before that and that doesn't mean I won't be just as effective. The right (injured) leg won't be as strong as the left one. But it'll be strong enough.

     

    On suffering setbacks during rehab:

    I wouldn't say they were necessarily setbacks. It's just that there were some good days and some bad days. One morning you'd wake up and be more sore than normal, another morning you'd wake up and could do more than normal.

     

    On dealing with that reality:

    At first it was tough, wanting to do something that your body won't let you do. You definitely want to be back with your teammates as soon as possible. But I learned along the way that sometimes it's better to undershoot in rehabilitation than overshoot. It took me a couple of times to figure that out.

     

    On his statement to coach Pat Fitzgerald that he's in a different place right now than he was at this time last year:

    Mentally I'm in a different place, so it's a little of a reversal of last season. Last season I was in the best shape of my life, but mentally I didn't know what to expect. Now I'm not in the best shape of my life, but mentally I know what to expect, I know what I have to do, I know how to respond to things. Especially for the quarterback position, I'd rather have it this way. So much of it is mental.

     

    On Fitzgerald's belief that this change means great things are possible:

    I think so. I've gone through a lot now and that's helped me take on this year with a different mindset. The experiences I've had are invaluable. From a mental standpoint, I'm head and shoulders above where I was last year.

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