“Getting my first start, on Thanksgiving, that really meant a lot. My parents came out. My wife’s parents came out as well and her brother, so it was a good opportunity to go out there and have them be able to watch me and have a game like that. It was a great situation to be in. Growing up watching Thanksgiving games, Detroit having played every year, it was pretty cool to be out there doing that.
“Running out of the tunnel I couldn’t even see the ground, so I was high stepping a little bit. The smoke was going…it was pretty cool, the entrance and everything. Hopefully I get a couple more of those.
“I think I played pretty well getting my first start and then going out there and making some plays when I could. I feel like I did a good job with that. The coaches are believing in me, Matt’s believing in me. so that definitely builds my confidence; but at the same time I feel like a lot of players left plays out there and I was included in that.
“I feel like we’ve had a couple of games like the Thanksgiving game this year. It’s just one of those things where you hope that you can get a W. All the plays that we had – and we had a lot of plays – a lot of opportunities to make plays, and we did for the most part, but the times that we needed them, we didn’t capitalize on them. I felt like the defense and the offense both played well. It was a tight game the entire time and we just couldn’t come away with another couple of plays.
“For us to be able to fight and battle back in a game like that, and then the week before with Green Bay, it just shows that we have great athletes on this team and we have guys that are poised to make plays. We’ve been in a lot of close games and just let them go, so we have to come out this week and continue to strive for the best we can be.”
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