Q: How did it go today?
A: The first day for me was a little rough. I wasn't as good as I wanted to be, but it was the first day of camp, the first practice. I've got another shot later in the day.
Q: Why wasn't it good?
A: I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be. It could be rust, it could be nerves... I just have to get better.
Q: Did it feel different for you?
A: It didn't feel different. I guess it's just getting used to the way our offense plays. They didn't come out at us. They're a zone blocking [offense] so I have to get used to that. I didn't face that a whole lot.
Q: Did you notice a difference between here and Nashville?
A: We had a lot of fans in Nashville, but they weren't up close... We probably had 3 cameras in Nashville (there were 11 pointed at him today).
Q: Do you feel you have to show teammates who you are?
A: No, I don't have to show teammates. I have to show myself. I have to keep proving to myself that you're a good player and you have to keep it up and work hard. It won't just be given to you because you signed a big deal and were one of the top free agents out there. That doesn't matter. I have to prove to myself that I am who I am....
Q : Do you feel you have to live up to the contract?
A: I have to live up to my standards, the way I played and the way I'm perceived on the field. The contract doesn't bother me.
Q: How do you balance being the new guy and taking a leadership role?
A: I'm not a talker. I've never been a talker, I don't hoorah and all that stuff. I'm just a guy you want out there playing this sport and that's what I do. I go out there and play.
Q: Was that your family (holding signs as we were coming off the field)?
A: No, that's the first day I met those people. They have the same name, they were all showing me their licenses. My Grandma told me a long time ago that we have family up here so I believe them. It's the first time I met them. It's wild. … They'll bring me a family tree that they have on Saturday. I'll trace it back and see if it's true.
Q: Who will you help the most?
A: I draw a lot of double teams and sometimes triple teams; it depends on how long I'm playing. Andre can get free from it. The day I signed everyone throw up 8 and a half sacks. That was my best year last year as far as sack totals. I can't say I expect that every year, but the way I do play helps everyone else's numbers go up.
Q: What about Andre as a pass rusher?
A: He reminds me of Jevon. He has that size, that build. He's real fast and deceivingly strong.
Q & A: Albert Haynesworth
Breaking Burgundy Top Stories
Three Reasons Redskins Can Beat the CardinalsEven without Trent Williams and likely Jordan Reed, even with another road game, there are reasons to think the Redskins win Sunday in Arizona. We offer three.
Breaking Burgundy6:29 AM
Redskins-Cardinals preview: Preying timeWashington has to avoid making Arizona look like the Super Bowl contenders many pegged them to be before the season.
Breaking Burgundy6:05 AM
Schefter: Cousins Has The Contract LeverageThe decision on whether Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal is a two-way street, but one side has more control and it's not the group in Ashburn.
Breaking Burgundy5:25 AM
Don't Count On Reed For Redskins-CardinalsThe tight end's status headlines the latest Redskins injury report.
Breaking BurgundyYesterday at 1:29 PM