Q: How is camp?
A: It's cool, nice and hot. Opportunity to get in shape, make the most of it.
Q: Being from Florida, are you used to this kind of weather?
A: I don't think you can ever get used to this kind of weather. The teams I always think about this time of year is like the teams in Texas, or like the Saints. Them teams that are down in the deep south, I mean, Florida has got a breeze coming through but them teams like the Falcons, or Dallas, or Houston, man them teams gotta be delirious right now.
Q: Why are football players so good in the south?
A: I think the south is just farmland man. Down south that's what people live for, Friday night. In any town you got to, Friday night, they are supporting their football team. I think when you consider out west or up north, on the east coast and all the major cities; you know there's not a lot of major cities in the south. Sports is the way out. Once you get up north, you are exposed to so much and all this other stuff you can do.
Q: How are you holding up in camp health-wise?
A: I'm fine and dandy. One day at a time though. Right now I think I been lucky enough to not have any nicks or bruises.
Q: What is your sense of the offense in the second year?
A: I think its smoother, compared to what we were last year. Even in our installs you don't see as many mistakes or as many mentals. You see a lot of guys running around taking care of things and that's a good thing.
Q: You and Ladell are set, but what is your sense of the young running backs?
A: I mean all of them are looking good, they are learning. You say Anthony Alridge and his speed and you say Dominique Dorsey, and even Rock [Cartwright]. Rock is really the heart and soul of this organization for as much as he contributes behind the scenes. I mean its competition, year in and year out you gotta fight for your job. Myself and Ladell ain't safe. We got to always stay on point and be on top of things as well.
Q: Are preseason games the biggest chance for the guys to shine?
A: Yea I think it is. I think that's what the preseason is for; for the guys who are not proven and for the guys who are trying to get on. And if they don't get on with the Washington Redskins there are 31 other teams in the NFL tha t they can showcase their talent for.
Q: What are you trying to accomplish in the first preseason game in Baltimore?
A: You want to make everything goes smooth. You don't want to get out and look like you haven't had a day of camp. You come to camp for an opportunity to iron out all the kinks, to get back into football mode. Of course nobody wants to get embarrassed going up to Baltimore. It's a tough team and it's going to always be a tough team. You want to go up and compete. You can talk all you want about how it is a preseason game, but once you step on that field nobody wants to be embarrassed.
Q: You are 28, are you still as spry as at 22?
A: I actually think my game is better. At 22 I was having fun running wild. At 28 I think wisdom sets in. There's more meaning to football. It is leadership, it's teaching the other guys, it's carrying an organization on your back, its learning, its knowing how to pace yourself, its knowing how to lead. I think there is much more at it when you become 28. At 22 you don't have the pressure of being a leader, or carrying an organization, or saving an organization. I think it's a different stage.
Q: What about field vision and understanding the game better?
A: I think you understand the game a lot better. At 22 everything is home run. That's all you think, home run. It can be third and one, and all you are thinking is home run. At 28, you are thinking move the chains, keep possession of the ball. If you can get the home run and it's there, then you get it. If not it is grind-mode. Just keep the chains moving.
Q: Was there one guy you hated to face
A: Marvin Jones of the New York Jets, but he is out the league. Al Wilson was a beast as well. London Fletcher and of course he is on our team. Luckily for me the guys I really think were intimidating; the Sean Taylor's of the NFL, London Fletcher; they are right here with me.
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