Camp Chat: Danieal Manning

Not much was known about Danieal Manning when the Bears selected him out of Abilene Christian in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. But the young safety has proven to be a quick study and one of the pleasant surprises of training camp thus far. Manning spoke with Bear Report after Sunday night's practice to discuss his first pro game, the mood of the team, and what he needs to do to get better.

This past Friday night in San Francisco was your first game as a pro. What was the experience like compared to what you saw back at Abilene Christian?
"The game was cool, man. I was excited. My first NFL game, I was excited, man. I got to come out and start off with the kickoff return team. So I got to get my little pads warm on that. I was just kept going with it as the game went on."

The team could not have been very happy with its performance against the 49ers. What was the mood like in the locker room after the game?
"Everybody knows that we have to come up and play well. We didn't play our greatest ball as we know we could. So everybody was talking about, ‘Hey man, we got to step it up next week.'"

This was the first time you got to line up against an opponent as opposed to your own teammates. What do you now know you need to do to get better?
"Well, we just got to prepare every day, practice hard, and watch film. And game plan, get out there when see it in real life, you already know half the battle."

You haven't had any practice in training camp returning kicks, but there you were returning one in the first quarter. What was that like for you?
"Exactly. I just got to be ready and prepared every time. You never know when they're calling, so you got to be ready at all times."

It looked like it was a little chippy out there at practice tonight. Does the team have more of an attitude after Friday night, or were you just stepping it up a bit?
"Tonight we were just getting there and getting everybody fired up. Those guys actually planned that. They just wanted to get everybody riled up so we get practice started like we should have before."

JC


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