Things are going really well. I'm getting acclimated to the NFL and finding out that it's a lot of fun to be on a team with a winning record.
The game against Green Bay was of particular interest to me for a number of reasons. Although I was inactive, I was on the sideline keeping records for the defense. You always want to be in the game, but just having the chance to be there on the sideline being a part of it all was really exciting.
Even when you are inactive, there's always an opportunity to learn. I'd watch each series, then make the notations. It helped me to see the components of each play and understand how our guys implemented the scheme.
I also paid really close attention when the defense was on the sideline. It's good to understand which adjustments that are made in certain situations and to see the impact that those adjustments have on what's happening on the field. I spent a lot of time watching the opposing team, seeing which routes their receivers were running. You can learn a lot from doing that.
Green Bay was a particularly challenging team to face because of the number of options that its offense brings to the table. Aaron Rodgers is really good. He's fast and has a strong arm. It put a lot of pressure on the cornerbacks as far as shutting down those plays.
In my experience, the best thing that can happen to the secondary is when you know that you have to perform. When you know all eyes are on you, the adrenaline kicks in and you just play better. Really, it's the kind of a situation that cornerbacks and safeties live for.
There was a lot of press leading up to the Monday Night game. I used to watch those games all the time growing up, and I know that a lot of fans never miss a broadcast. As a player, you know that a lot of your friends will be tuning in. You want to do well, so the intensity is that much higher.
I felt fortunate that my first Monday Night game was a home game. It was fun to hear the fans and to see all the excitement going around. Of course, since I was inactive, I never experienced the on-field intensity, but I definitely saw a faster pace out there just watching from the sideline. The Bears were not favored, so it made things that much more satisfying when the team came out on top.
Next on our schedule is New York. The Giants have had an up-and-down season so far, but they can be a very strong team as well. You never count out a player like Eli Manning. He has a good line and talented receivers. We're going over film right now and setting up the game plan.
This week we have less time to prepare and less time to recover physically. The players are working not only on understanding the game plan but also on resting as much as possible. That's the downside of a shortened week, but the travel should be enjoyable. I've heard that the Giants' new stadium is really something special, and it will be fun to see it in person.
I probably won't know until game day whether or not I'll be active against New York. While I certainly want to get in there and play, I am willing to wait until the coaches say I'm ready.
I've been working as hard as I can developing my skills. Mentally, I make it a point to always be completely prepared. You never know when that call for you is going to come, and when it does you'd better be ready. You want to keep that edge.
Charles Tillman has been a real help to me. He answers my questions and has been working with me one on one. It's a great advantage when somebody with that much experience is offering his expertise.
Press coverage is what I think I can bring, and that's the thing we've been working on the majority of the time. Also, speed and timing are really important. If you can't get to the receiver and break up the play, you aren't going to last long in this league.
So I'd say that everything is fine, as far as I'm concerned. I'm enjoying my time with the team, and I'm looking forward to the day that I can be out there playing for real.
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