Aaron Rouse Q&A

Aaron Rouse, selected in the third round of the recent NFL draft by the Packers, is eager to contribute to Green Bay's defense and special teams this season. Rouse responds to questions about what it means to be a Packer, his style of play, and if he feels he can start immediately on Green Bay's defense.

The 6-foot-4 Rouse will be competing for a starting spot at strong safety against veteran Marquand Manuel in training camp this season. Rouse, who has played some at linebacker for the Hokies, thrives on his ability to make hard tackles and cause turnovers.

While at Virginia Tech, Rouse played on a number of special teams units. He is expected to contribute on Green Bay's special teams units immediately this season.

Here is how Rouse responded to questions from PackerReport.com's Todd Korth and other members of the media upon his arrival in Green Bay earlier this month:

On it being a different ballgame when the veterans come to minicamp this weekend:
Aaron Rouse: "I think so. Those guys have a leg up and are true competitors who are going to compete. That's why I'm here. I love the game of football. Just to be a chance to be a Green Bay Packer is something I'm loving at the moment."

On if he plans to be a starter this year:
"My goal is to come out here and compete and put myself in the best situation that is going to help the team. Any situation that it is, I'm down for it. If Coach McCarthy wants me on special teams and a starter on defense, I'm here for it. I'm willing to do anything and everything."

On if he knows where he will be playing on special teams:
"No, I don't, but wherever it is, I'll be comfortable. Coming from Virginia Tech, a team that preaches special teams, it shouldn't be that difficult."

On which special teams he was on at Virginia Tech:
"I played wing on punt team. I was a rusher on the punt return team. On kickoff return team I was on the front line. On the kickoff team I was a head-hunter, so I did it all. On field goal block (team), I was a standup safety."

On how he uses his height to his advantage:
"When you look at the NFL these days, you've got guys like (Tony) Gonzalez, (Antonio) Gates from San Diego and (Jeremy Shockey) from the Giants, tight ends are bigger and taller, so you need bigger safeties that can run with those guys, not to mention if you get a receiver like a T.O. (Terrell Owens), you want to know that your safety can match up with him and run with him. I think it will help me a lot in the NFL."

On first thoughts that crossed mind when drafted by Green Bay:
"Lambeau Field. That was the first thought. Cheese, and just the cold weather. When you sit down, and your emotions come down, you think of the history of the organization, and I get a chance to play with Brett Favre, who will be in the Hall of Fame whenever he gets a chance to retire. That's something that I'm glad to be a part of."

On if he has had a chance to see Lambeau Field and soak it in:
"Oh, it's amazing. TV don't do Lambeau Field justice. Just getting a look at it, you sit back and think about your childhood dreams of being an NFL star. I had a chance to reflect on that, and now I've got to go out and make the best of it."

On his thoughts when he first walked into the Packers locker room:
"As soon as I walked through those doors and I seen my locker, then I looked to my left and saw (Charles) Woodson's locker and Brett Favre's (locker) and A.J. Hawk. It was just like, ‘Wow, you're actually here in the Green Bay Packers locker room. But you're not here to visit. You're part of the team.' If there was a camera on my face, I'm pretty sure I looked astounded, but I'm glad to be here and just want to be a part of this legacy and contribute to Green Bay Packers history."

On what he can contribute most for the Packers:
"I think I can contribute leadership, special teams play, defensive play … just an all-around guy that you love to hang out with but definitely will do a great job for you on the field."

On how he describes his style of play:
"I'm a big-time playmaker, whether it's big hits or big plays, I'm always going to be in the mix near the ball, making those big hits and getting tackles. I like to see myself roaming around the field making plays."

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