What NFL players say about new pads

After the NFL handed down it's ruling on steps it will take to enhance player safety, some of those players had a few things to say about the moves.

What NFL players and coaches say about the new rules mandating thigh and knee pads be worn on the field:

"It's not going to stop no injuries. It's not. You can put pads on all you want to. If you get hit in the knee the wrong way you're going to tear an ACL. You're going to sprain something. You're going to get a contusion. You're still going to get a contusion with a pad on.

"I don't know what their thinking was behind it. But at the end of the day, we play the game. You got a lot of guys voting on something that never played this game before that they think is going to help. But it's not going to help." — Tennessee safety Bernard Pollard.

"That's usually receivers and corners complaining, but a guy like me, I'm thighed up, kneed up. I get hit in the thighs all the time. So, I'm not trying to walk like I'm 80 years old when I'm 30." — Denver running back Ronnie Hillman.

"It's weird, because I've always worn knee and thigh pads until I got to the league now. Obviously, I remember my first day of practice. Me and Tandon (Doss) come out, knee pads and thigh pads in. We jog onto the field, and Anquan (Boldin) was like, 'What are you all doing?' I was like 'What do you mean?' He was like, 'Go take your pads off. Receivers don't wear pads in the league.' We had no clue.

"Now, I feel like I put them back on, they don't even feel right anymore." — Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.

"It's a mental thing. It's just like a baseball player when he comes to the plate. He does his little thing and you see him do it every time, and it's a mind thing with us defensive backs. We feel faster. It probably doesn't help, but in our minds, we feel faster." — Denver safety Mike Adams.

"If you start thinking about it, that will distract you from your focus, what your job is, and the game itself. Once you feel comfortable, your mind is 100 percent on the task at hand. So, that is something you learn to get used to. It's not like it is that big of a problem. You want to be protected because you do get Charley horses, and I do respect that decision to go forward with that. I think every practice we have out here and the preseason games will help the skill players to become comfortable with them." — Denver receiver Eric Decker.

"You got to be able to carry your pads to be a good football player. If you go out there in shorts or these pads you're not going to wear in the game, then come game time you're wearing something different than what you're practicing in. It's not good for you. You want to feel comfortable. You want to feel like you've been there before, so we'll do that in practice as well." — Dallas coach Jason Garrett.

"I think when you look statistically at the amount of injuries that occur in this league due to the lack of knee or thigh pads, it is minimal. But they have to pay the medical bills, so you can't fault them for trying to keep us as healthy as they possibly can." — Miami tackle Tyson Clabo.

"It'll be very little adjustment. That's cosmetic, really. A lot of our players are comfortable wearing thigh boards. They wore some kind of thigh board already. It's not an adjustment. They're asked to wear them in college, and most of our guys are so young that they've worn them the last two or three years. And they're skill players." — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.

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