Question: What was your first year in the NFL like?
Burton: "It was okay. It was not quite what I expected. I did pretty good for a rookie, though. I got a lot of respect around the league and also from my teammates. Special teams-wise, blocking-wise and everything like that I think I gained respect. I do expect more from myself this year. I have to stay healthy. I just have to maintain things and do what I do."
Question: Is the difference from college to the NFL far greater than the move from high school to the Southeastern Conference?
Burton: "No, it's not that much of a difference. The learning curve is different, but when you attack like Wesley (Woodyard) and Andre Woodson or Steve Johnson or Jacob Tamme, guys that played at Kentucky with me, I think it is not as hard. You just have to learn the system, go out and compete and make plays and be consistent every day. If you do that, you are fine."
Question: What did you learn last year that will help you this year?
Burton: "I learned how to be patient and let the game come to me. I was so used to Andre giving me the ball off the bat, being able to catch the ball, make some moves and get myself into a rhythm. I might not see a pass now until the second quarter. That means I have to take advantage of every opportunity and be smarter as a receiver and make plays when you can. That is what I learned."
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