“First and foremost, just having numbers out here adding in the rookies makes it a lot easier for guys who take a lot of reps. Also having guys like Vanden Bosch and Wade and Chris Houston out there – guys who have been in the league before and know the game – makes it a lot easier on young guys like me because I don’t have to think as much. Just having them taking a leadership role as well as myself brings a lot more excitement to the game.
“The guys in my group want to learn. They want to be here. Like I said, they’ve played the game for a long time already. That just makes it that much easier for me. I guess the most important thing is: they’re good guys.
“They’re not just football players who come on the field, do their job and don’t communicate. That’s what makes my job easier. Just having those guys in the room, coming in, stepping in with a clean head and clean slate is great.
“Obviously the players we drafted are going to help us out tremendously this year, especially with Best back there running the ball. He’s a very small, scatty back, but he’s very powerful and fast. We need a guy like that.
“The DB we’ve got, Spievey, he’s going to be a very important factor for us because we were low on numbers last year. We ran through maybe 20 DBs. Just having somebody that’s drafted that we know will be here for awhile and hopefully stays healthy is something I’m very excited about.
“It’s funny because today I told the two rookies to go get some Gatorade and I was singing the song mocking them. I remember when I was a rookie. But, technically, I’m still a rookie. I guess they have this thing where you’re a rookie up until your third game of the season in your second year. So I guess I’ve got three more games left. After that, I won’t be a rookie anymore.
“So, since I still consider myself a rookie, I treat them accordingly. I try to give them the insight on what and what not to do as far as being a rookie. You’re going to have to carry people’s helmets in. That’s something they trusted me with last year – carrying everybody’s helmets in. I’m not going to do that to them.
“So the biggest thing is we will probably go out to eat and I’ll just show them a good time. Try to show them that they’re loved.”
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