Player Diary

It's a blessing for me even to be here. I thank God for the opportunity because I didn't even know if I was going to be able to play this year coming off a knee injury. It wasn't looking too good after getting released twice and not being able to play in any preseason games. I'm so glad and fortunate that this team still wanted me.

They brought me in in the beginning, but then I went to New England. The Giants wanted to sign me again. It was very good of them to even still want me. I couldn't pass up the opportunity and turn them down again. There was nothing wrong with the organization or the team because I really wanted to come here, but I had more of an opportunity elsewhere. Here it was just going to be punt returns. I can also do kickoff returns and play a little running back as well. There was an opening for that over in New England so of course I took the chance to play a little more. That was really the only reason. A lot of people were still thinking I was going to end up here and hoping I'd end up here. Things happen for a reason.

It wasn't really a surprise that New England released me. I knew they had a couple other returners there, but everybody was hurt. It was more a matter of whoever got on the field first had the best shot. I was on that PUP (physically unable to perform) list. I couldn't get on the field. I was trying to rehab but they kept me out. It was tough. Just watching everybody else play was rough. It got to the point where I thought I should have been playing. Bad tendonitis in my knee was holding me up. It got really frustrating. I knew in the back of my mind that if I didn't start playing soon that I was going to get cut. That turned out to be the case.

I was keeping tabs on what teams still needed returners in case things didn't work out in New England. My main focus was that I probably wasn't going to be there. I just made sure that I rehabbed the right way, just worked hard and worried about myself.

I knew I would play again, but I really didn't think it would be this year. Time was really running out. I was getting close, but the tendonitis really got me. I thought that maybe I'd have to sit out a year, but that I'd be able to come back stronger next year with a vengeance. Of course I didn't want to sit out and waste a whole year.

The Giants called me pretty fast after I got released. I was very happy and pleasantly surprised that they were still interested. I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. My agent talked to some teams, but the Giants were the first to fly me out here. After that, I said ‘let's just get it done.' I didn't even really care what other teams were out there and might be interested.

The Giants were good from the start. They were the first ones that contacted me earlier in the offseason about coming here so I couldn't let them down again.

Right now, I'm just trying to get healthy. I want to keep improving and get my knee right. Staying healthy and catching the ball are really all I worry about. I don't even think about returning one for a touchdown or anything like that. As long as I catch the ball and am successful on the returns, maybe they'll find other ways to get me on the field. They brought me here to return punts so I'm just going to do that.

Scoring the touchdown in my first game was one of the greatest feelings because of all the stuff I've gone through. It's not fun getting cut, when you get called up to the office. You see it happen but until you actually experience it, you can't understand how bad it is. Just to be able to contribute right away with a touchdown was an amazing feeling. Having it be my first game ever as a Giant made it more special.

A lot of people don't know that when I was with the Saints I tied a record for most catches in a playoff game (13 vs. Minnesota). Things like that are great, but you also hit some lows. You get cut and wonder if you're even ever going to play again. I've gone through the best and worst of times. I think that makes you a stronger person in the end. I'll be able to adjust to whatever else happens from here on out.

I really like it here so far. There's a lot of potential on this team. If you look at our roster across the board, there's a lot of talent on this team. If everybody just plays to their ability I think we'll be a great team and can sneak up on a lot of teams that aren't expecting anything from us.

Off the field, I'm just pretty much a real laidback person. I try to be a good person to people, and a follower of Christ. There's not a lot to me. I like to have fun, hang out with friends.

I'm half-Japanese. My mom is Japanese and my father is African-American. A lot of people don't realize that my brother plays in the league. He's a receiver with the 49ers. A lot of people wonder if we're related. He's my older brother. He helped me out a lot, get into the league, get through the league, get through school. I also have another brother, Eric, who's a lawyer in Japan right now. He played football at Dartmouth with Jay Fiedler. That's how I got into the league, with those two helping me out.

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