OBR Q&A: David McMillan

Last year, the Browns repeatedly referred to David McMillan as one of the team's few players they viewed as being a top pass rusher. After a "red-shirt" year, McMillan hasn't been talked about with all the excitement about Kamerion Wimbley. We talked to the Browns second-year linebacker about his progress...

Q: What were the linebackers working on after practice?

A: We're just working on our drops, on our coverages, technical stuff.

Q: How's camp going?

A: It's going OK. I can't really complain. I'm trying to get better. As long as I'm improving every day, I'm happy about that.

Q: Do you feel you're playing a lot better this camp?

A: Yeah. I feel like I have improved a lot. I feel that I'm a more efficient player than last year, know what I'm doing compared to last year. It therefore allows me to play faster, react faster to certain things. I'm pretty much pleased with what I've accomplished, and I've gotten good reviews, so I'm pretty satisfied.

Q: What do you see your role being this year?

A: I don't know, but hopefully my role is someone who's going to be on the team and help us win some games. Do whatever they want me to do.

Q: Do you think you'll see some time on defense this year?

A: I think so, but you never know. I'm staying positive, because my job is basically, when I have the opportunity to get on the field, to perform and make plays.

Q: How frustrating was it to not play on defense last year?

A: Of course it was frustrating compared to me being a senior in college and playing all the time. It also gave me time to mature as a professional player and take the time out to learn the system and how everything worked. So when it is my time to go out and do my job, the coaches will have confidence in me and I'll also have confidence in myself that I know what I'm doing.

Q: How tough is the switch from 4-3 end to 3-4 linebacker?

A: It's a pretty tough switch, knowing that I have so much to learn mentally. I had a lot of obstacles to overcome. I allowed myself enough time just to learn as much as I can mentally and get myself ready to make those adjustments. Become versatile.

Q: Would you say the adjustment is more mental than physical?

A: It was more mental than physical for me. I thought I was physically ready last year to play at this level. I just wasn't there mentally. It allowed myself to become more of a student of the game.

Q: What's it like to have Willie McGinest around?

A: He's a fun person to have around. I think everyone in my position just respects him, because he's experienced and he's someone everyone can look up to, probably even the coaches to a certain extent. He's a good player and also a good person to have around and keep our morale up.

Q: What are your impressions of Kamerion Wimbley?

A: My impression is he's a tremendous athlete and I can't wait to have the opportunity to play with him.

Q: Are you guys similar players?

A: We're big and fast and basically good pass rushers. We have a lot of similarities and are also making the switch and stuff like that.


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