On being drafted by the Bills:
I kind of felt like I was going to end up there, talking to the coaches at the training table at the combine and having an interview with them and then seeing them releasing Robert Royal, I knew they needed a tight end. I had a strong feeling that I would end up there. Maybe Atlanta was a possibility until they got the addition with Tony Gonzalez. That kind of took me out of the picture, so my focus was pretty much on Buffalo.
On if he had a good sense that he would be drafted with the 121st pick:
Yeah, I've been sitting there watching and with the analysts going over the draft and saying that Buffalo really needed a tight end and they would take the best player available on the board no matter who went. And then I was there at the number one spot, so I had a good feeling that I would end up there in Buffalo.
On his mindset going into the Senior Bowl:
It was the same as my mindset going into practice or into the game. I did things that a lot of guys, coming from Southern Miss and then at the Senior Bowl, they really had a chance to see for themselves in person what I can really do. It wasn't just something that I went out there and did, it was something that I work at and that I think I've been getting better at and even in the Senior Bowl I felt comfortable with how I was blocking. I felt like I've been blocking the same way I was blocking my senior year, so it wasn't a surprise to me.
On the challenges of being expected to contribute right away:
I just want to get in and learn the playbook. I think everything else will take care of itself. I think once I get in and learn that playbook and get the offense down pat, I think I'll be able to contribute immediately and try to help this team win football games.
On if he thinks he's a polished route-runner:
Yeah, I played receiver all my life until I got to Southern Miss. I think playing receiver in high school and my previous years, I believe that helped me with coming out with speed and explosion, so I just want to work hard with being consistent and blocking and getting that total package at tight end.
On if he is comfortable at the weight he is now:
Kind of. I'm going to get to about 250 pounds. I'm at 243, so if I'm at 250, I'll keep my speed and be okay.