John Crist: Before this year, you came to an environment like minicamp just hoping to get noticed and make the team. But now, you're expected to be a major contributor. Are the coaches or your teammates treating you a little bit differently this time around?
Devin Aromashodu: It's a little different because my role is a little different. They're expecting me to come in and contribute to the team this year, so they just want me to step up and make the plays that I'm supposed to make. That's the main thing, and sort of be a leader on this team. Just continue from what I did at the end of last season, making plays and just working hard, so it's a little bit of a different role.
JC: Based on what I can tell, practice is being run at a much quicker pace and there is more of a sense of urgency out there. Is that Mike Martz's influence as your new offensive coordinator?
DA: Yeah, that's Martz. That's the way he wants to run things. He wants to get the ball snapped with a certain time left on the play clock. He wants everything fast-paced, so that's something that the receivers and the offense is getting accustomed to because we weren't used to that. It's a good thing.
JC: We know Martz likes to take chances and challenge the defense down the field. Does his route tree look a little different than what you've been running in the past, or is it all about the same?
DA: It's a little different. Some stuff is the same. At the end of the day, it's all football. All routes are just about real similar, but a lot of his routes are a little deeper than we're accustomed to. You'll see a lot more 20-yard passes, a lot more 20-yard gains on just catching the ball, and then after that it's what you do from there. But a lot of stuff is a little bit different.
JC: Everyone is talking about how you closed out the 2009 season and the impressive numbers you put up when you finally got your chance. Is it fair for Bears fans to expect that kind of production over the course of a 16-game schedule in 2010?
DA: No, I think I'm capable of doing that. It's not unfair. That's what my goal is, to be – eventually – a starter. A starting receiver is supposed to come out and give his best and contribute every game, so that's what I'm working toward. I think that's what's expected of me.
JC: I don't know if you saw this, but NFL.com named you as one of their deep sleepers in fantasy football this coming season. Where are you taking yourself in your own fantasy draft?
DA: I don't really play fantasy, but since it's me, I'm sure I'll take myself somewhere along the line and come up big in some games and help people out.
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Minicamp Q&A: Devin Aromashodu
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