5 Questions with Donnie Abraham

Q: How different will it be coming out of the tunnel Sunday, with a new team?


Abraham: I don't think it will be any different. It's like starting the first game every year, just with a new team now. It's going to be the same thing though. First game, everybody is excited and kind of overanxious a little bit, but it's going to be the same.


Q: Is the tendency to maybe want to show something early and make a statement?


Abraham: I don't think so. Whenever you try to push yourself a little bit, you might make a mistake. I just think if we come out and do the same things we've been doing, play with the techniques we learned in practice, we'll be fine.


Q: What kind of things do you remember about facing Bledsoe?


Abraham: He creates a really big challenge. He's a great quarterback. When he gets in a rhythm, he's one of the best. That's one thing we have to try to do is get him out of his rhythm. If we can make him uncomfortable a little bit, and get him out of his rhythm, it's going to be a good game.


Q: Would you say you guys feel ready, or as ready as you're going to be?


Abraham: I definitely do. We're definitely comfortable. We feel good going into the first game, and we just got to go out there and do it. There's a lot a things you can read about in the paper. We have some good players here so there's a lot you can read in the paper, but we got to go out and do it as a team. We got to go out and perform well. Everybody's expectations are high at the beginning of the year. Every team, game one, thinks they can go to the Super Bowl. But you have to come out and produce and play.


Q: It seems like this season every team wants to be "this year's Patriots." Do you guys subscribe to that also?


Abraham: I want to be who we are. I want to be the New York Jets. I think a lot of teams want to accomplish what New England did last year. That's everyone's goal. But we just have to be the New York Jets and play like we've been playing.

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