“My offseason was pretty good. I went home for about two weeks to chill with my son, then I went back to Mississippi State to train with the team. I wanted to be in better shape, and stay in shape, so I went back to my school.
“So far, camp has been pretty good. Right now I’m just learning, getting my technique better, and my athletic ability will be able to take care of itself. I’m in the learning process still.
“The schedule hasn’t been too exhausting. There are definitely a lot more meetings than there were during mini-camp, and it’s a lot more competitive. People are turning it up another notch now – I need to turn myself up a whole other notch now. I’m just out there competing with everybody else.
“I feel good about the tempo of practice. I feel like I’m up to speed and I can keep up with everybody. I have to make sure that I continue to take care of my body more because I do feel it when it comes time at the end of practice, but I just keep pushing through it.
“The first padded practice was very intense. First part of practice, you want to be good to put it on film for us to watch. Everybody is trying to do their job. If you mess up, make sure you correct it and do it at full speed, running to the ball and all that stuff. It was just real intense. I have to get used to that, I haven’t been in pads in a long time.
“Going up Calvin is great. Playing against the best, you have to be the best. I’m having a great time out there competing against him. I’m waiting for the day that he gives me some tips on what to watch out for and I’m guessing I’ll get some at the end of camp.
“Overall, I feel good physically. Right now I’m about to get in the cold tub to get my body right. But I’m feeling pretty good.”
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