Finally getting the opportunity to experience my first NFL game was more exciting than I'd ever imagined it would be. Just taking that first step onto the field in San Diego was unbelievable. I had a real case of nerves, but that went away as soon as the game began. It's all just basic football, and once you are in the middle of things, that's what comes back to your mind.
The best part was that I was able to make a few plays, and I hope that the coaches saw that. I'm pretty familiar with the Bears' system, so things went pretty smoothly. However, I was somewhat surprised that the pace of play wasn't really much faster than what I'd experienced in a college game. Everything that was happening was understandable to me.
What I found beneficial was the chance to go up against another team's offense. Learning how to make that kind of adjustment will be extremely important once the regular season begins. It was surprising to see players on the field that I had only seen before on television, but that distraction faded pretty fast.
I was disappointed that we lost, but quite a few things came out of the game that we can work on before our next preseason game this weekend. For myself personally, I need to work on my speed and technique. That's what I'll be concentrating on in practice this week.
It was great to see so many fans from Chicago that came to the game. That's a big difference from college. At Kansas State, we didn't have that many fans that follow you when you have an away game.
I've been asked what it's like in terms of technique facing a variety of quarterbacks. From my point of view, it doesn't really change things that much. I play the same at camp whether I am up against Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie or Dan LeFevour. It doesn't make much difference whether the ball is coming fast or slow. Covering the receiver is pretty much the same every time.
Another question is whether I feel more comfortable on the right side of the field or the left side. As a cornerback, I spend most of my time running all over the field, so there isn't one particular side that is better for me. Wherever the receiver is, I'll be there, too.
We're heading into the last week of training camp in Bourbonnais. It's been an amazing experience. What I hadn't anticipated was how physically taxing the entire process would be. It gets to the point where it's a daily grind. You're using a tremendous amount of physical energy every time you are out on the field.
Then when there is no on-field work, you are participating in the conditioning program, plus going to meetings. It's a full day. In fact, I think the only problem I've had since it all began is in learning to pace myself. It's really important not to let the body get overwhelmed. There will be another adjustment at the end of this week when we move back to Halas Hall, but after that, it should be pretty easy to get into a good routine.
Oakland is coming to Chicago this weekend, and we'll be facing them in the first preseason game at home. I'm really looking forward to that. It's a very big deal, and I want to go out there and play hard. They have a varied offense that should be somewhat challenging. I'm hoping to get some good time out there on the field. There's a lot of competition at my position, so the more experience I can get during a game, the better.
So far, I'm feeling really good. I just come out every day and show the coaches what I've got. I think my positives are my athletic ability and my desire to compete, and I hope that they are seeing that.
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