Jaguars Press Pass: Rashean Mathis

CB RASHEAN MATHIS NEWS CONFERENCE - VETERAN CAMP - THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007

(how has mini-camp and the OTAS been for you?)
"It's been going great. We have a lot of guys dedicated to the program and dedicated to the schemes that we're running. So when you have somebody that's believing and receiving all the information that we're getting, it'll just make us better out there on the field. So, it's looking real good."

(is this your first practice back fully healthy?)
"Yes, this is my first practice back."

(how did you feel?)
"I felt good. (I'm) trying to get back to one hundred percent. I don't know if I'm there yet but I'm close to it. Just being out there with the guys, the motivation and the adrenaline is there, so I have to calm myself down sometimes."

(on several players having minor injuries)
"The main thing is having everybody healthy going into training camp and at the end of training camp. Right now in these OTAs, they mean a lot to us but if a guy is not a hundred percent, there's no reason to put him out there on the field and he's not going to be a hundred percent during training camp or the season. So, there are some nagging injuries. I'm sure every other team around the league has these things happening so it's not only the Jaguars."

(on becoming a role model and leader for the younger players)
"Yes, I have to. I feel that I've been here long enough. I'm one of the five-year guys on the team now, so if I can't do it, who can? So, it's a role that I'm taking especially with the DBs on just letting them know to be in the right position and talk to the guy next to you and it'll make the defense work even better."

(what do you think of Reggie Nelson?)
"He's an athlete. Right now, we have a lot of athletes on this team and he's one of them. He's one of the young athletes. With him it's all about grasping the system, how fast can you learn the playbook, and when you learn the playbook, it's going to allow you to play faster. So that's his main concern right now, learning the playbook and being able to play as fast as he did in college."

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