“I definitely feel more confident, working hard on the practice field and actually getting into the games. It feels good to get out there and see how I can compete at a different level. I feel good about the reads that I’m making and I’m just blessed to be in this position, to be able to come off of an ACL surgery and be able to come in and contribute. The coaches believe in me, for the most part, as a rookie.
“They’re taking me on at an even pace. They’re upping my reps now, so that feels good with the season coming closer. I still have another week and then Thursday’s game to really solidify everything and move forward from there.
“This last preseason game is going to be a great deal, especially for the young guys coming in because the vets probably won’t play much. It gives us our chance to come out there with the first-half swag; we’ve been waiting off until the second half, so it’s going to be good to get out there and go through warm-ups and have that intensity gathered up and actually get to start the game with that. The coaches are definitely looking to see how guys compete during this last game.
“When you’re growing up it’s all football, it’s all fun and games; you basically go out and compete. Now, it’s the business side of it. You actually get to see that. They made cuts on Monday, and 15 other guys still have to get cut, and that’s definitely tough. It’s a business and it makes you want to come in everyday and work as hard as you can and let the coaches decide from that point on. I’m definitely blessed to be here, people might say that I’m safe as a rookie, but I come in and compete everyday like it’s my last game, or my last day to practice. This is the best of both worlds really.”
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