On losing Dexter Charles - “It’s a tough loss. I came in with Dexter (Charles) so we have been through a lot. It’s a tough loss. I wish him the best. I know he’s going to be here with us during the season. Now we just have to move on and have the next guy stand up.”
On the pain Dexter Charles played through - “I kind of felt it because the guys is a warrior man. He’s been through a lot as a Dawg, and he’s been trough a lot of games, and played a lot, practiced a lot, and I know it’s hard on him and his family. It’s part of the game.”
On what the line will miss most from Dexter Charles - “Just what he brought to the table. He came to work every day. In the meeting room he brought up the young guys. He was another resource who we could ask and talk about plays. It was a tough loss.”
On being the old guy among the lineman now - “Oh man, it’s different, it’s different. It’s pretty cool, but it’s a lot different.”
On how much fans understand the physical grind lineman go through daily - “I feel like they don’t understand. They come during game days, and that’s cool because it’s game day and everybody is hooting and hollering, but they don’t see the grind we go through. We go through with winter workouts and summer, and camp, of the course, is the real grind.”
On if he’s feeling pressure to step up as a leader without Dexter Charles - “Not that much actually because we have guys that have been learning, especially like the backups and stuff. They know their stuff and we just have to continue to keep grinding and continue to play ball.”
On how long it takes to develop chemistry on the o-line - “With us, especially on our free time, we like to have o-line bonding, like barbecues here and there. So, it doesn’t take that long.”
On developing on-field chemistry - “Everything starts in practice. If it comes from the meeting rooms that had to come from practice film. O-line is all about that physicality and being mentally strong. I feel like it all starts during practice, getting to know that person next to you and trusting that he’s going to do his job.