Head Coach Bill O'Brien
(on G/T Jeff Adams) "Jeff came to us last year, beginning of the year, and in that time he's worked very, very hard. He's worked hard to learn our system. He's worked hard in the weight room. He's worked hard in conditioning. He's a tough-minded guy. He's a bright guy. He's a lunch pail type of guy. He's earned the right to play a lot of football for us and that's where he's at right now. We expect him to go out there, just like with all those other guys, and play well on Sunday."
(on G/T Jeff Adams' understanding of the system) "He does a good job. He's a smart guy. You know those Ivy League grads, those guys are pretty smart. Other than those guys from Columbia. He's from Columbia, I'm just kidding. He's a really bright guy. He's done a good job of learning the system and being able to apply it. He plays a lot of different positions. He can play tackle, he can play guard. The only position he doesn't play is center but he's actually played some tight end for us in the past. He's a bright guy."
(on OLB Jadeveon Clowney) "He had a good practice today. He was out there, got a bunch of reps. Looks like, along with the rest of those guys on defense, in good spirits and ready to go. Looking forward to playing on Sunday."
(on ILB Mike Mohamed's injury) "I don't know exactly what it is, but he's going to miss some time. He's going to miss some time. I feel bad for the guy personally. I have a lot of respect for Mike. Mike works very hard. He's been through a lot, great family guy. A really good pro, but he's probably going to miss some time here."
(on who will take ILB Mike Mohamed's place) "It'll be a function of a lot of different guys. It will be a function of a lot of different guys. We've got some pretty versatile inside linebackers that can do a lot of different things, so it'll be different guys."
(on CB Kevin Johnson) "I feel good. I think as far as a rookie's concerned, I think he's come in here and had a really good daily approach, been very consistent. He works hard. He's smart. He's got some good tools for the trade and physical tools. Look, he's going to make his mistakes. He's a rookie, we all understand that. But they're going to be aggressive mistakes. He's an aggressive player."
(on ILB Akeem Dent) "He's done a good job. He's a guy that played a lot of football for us last year. Really a good, good person and a good teammate. He's worked very hard to get back to where he's at now from injury. I thought yesterday's practice, full-padded practice, I thought was one of his better practices. Means a lot to us on our defense and on special teams. He's a good guy in the locker room and we're glad he's on our team."
(on if he's seen anything at practice that made him realize OLB Jadeveon Clowney is back) "You know, that's a good question. I've seen probably a few. I've seen a few plays where he either had to set the edge in the running game or he's rushed the passer from different positions, dropped into coverage, been able to cut, and do different things. I've seen a few times where I feel like – I don't know if 'He's back' is the right term, but I feel like he's in a good place with his injury recovery. He's ready to play. He's excited about playing."
(on OLB Jadeveon Clowney's confidence) "He's a confident guy."
(on preparing for the Chiefs speed) "They do. They have a lot of speed. They've got Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, DeAnthony Thomas, (Travis) Kelce for a tight end can run, very athletic guy. Yeah, we've got a big challenge there with their offense and the things that they can do. I think one of the things about the first game that's always difficult is you have to expect the unexpected. You're going against a great coaching staff. There's going to be some things in the game that we're going to have to react to and be in good position to make the tackle or make the play. It's going to be a big challenge for us."
(on the situation with the New England Patriots) "Well, I'll say this, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Bill Belichick, Mr. (Robert) Kraft and that whole organization. Tremendous respect. I'll say this, too, some of my best friends coach there, Josh McDaniels, Nick Caserio. I mean, those two guys are two of my closest friends. But at the same time, I'm the head football coach of the Houston Texans. Really, to be honest with you, all I'm concerned about is the Kansas City Chiefs and making sure that the guys in this locker room are ready to go. I'm not going to tell you anything other than that because that's the way I feel about their organization. I have a great, great amount of respect for them. I wish them luck tonight. Just trying to get our team ready to go."
(on what he is most concerned about) "I would say I don't think anything necessarily stands out as a concern. I would say that I want this team to be fresh. That's why we went in the morning. We're going to meet a little bit here, I don't know where the clock is in here, but we're going to meet around 11:15 here, go over some tape, and then try to get them off their feet this afternoon. Have a lighter practice tomorrow, in the morning again. It'll be a little bit later, be about 9:30. We'll be out there, we'll meet before practice tomorrow and then get them out of here after practice and get them off their feet. I just want the freshest team possible on Sunday. Let the guys go out and play as fast as they can."
(on being more focused on keeping his team fresh this year) "I think every year is different. I don't think there was anything that I saw last year, I really don't. I think it was more about gauging this team at this point and how hard they've worked in training camp in the heat. Very, very competitive, full-padded practices against the Redskins and then obviously the 23 or 24 practices we had, the meetings, the walkthroughs. I think it's time now to make sure we clean some things up tomorrow and make sure that they get their rest and they're ready to go."
(on if the defense is what excites him the most about the team) "I would say this, I'm excited about this whole team. These guys have worked very hard. They're very competitive. They're good guys. I read some of the things that Brian (Hoyer) said yesterday. I think it's a really good locker room, good bunch of guys that work very, very hard. So I'm just really excited for these guys and for this team to be able to go out there and play against an opponent now for real in the regular season. It's going to be a big, big challenge. The Kansas City Chiefs are a very good football team, well-coached. You got Andy Reid. You got Bob Sutton on defense. You got some top-notch coaches in this league. We have a ton of respect for them. It's going to be a big, big challenge. We're glad it's at home in front of our fans and we're all really excited for the game."
(on S Quintin Demps) "He's come in here and he's made a lot of plays. He's an instinctive guy. He's got good speed. He's got good ball skills. He's picked up our defense pretty fast. He's played in a few defensive schemes, so he kind of has an understanding of a pro level of what we're trying to do here. He's been a pro for a while. He's been in Houston before, so he's familiar with his surroundings here. He's been a really good pro. I respect him for that. I know he's excited to play."
(on how difficult it is to stop Chiefs OLB Justin Houston and OLB Tamba Hali) "It's difficult. These guys are two of the best pass rushers, best outside backers against the run in the league. They're athletic. They've got length. They're tough. They have a knack for batting balls. They have a knack for rushing the passer. They're great players, so we've got a big challenge. A lot of guys are going to be involved in it. We're going to, like I said, have a big challenge on Sunday."
Offensive Coordinator George Godsey
(on the challenges that Kansas City poses) "Yeah well, I mean it's usually the players and they've got a lot of good ones. Just starting from up front, they've got really four effective not only just run stoppers but pass rushers. They play the run and play the pass well. They've got some physical and capable inside guys whether it's in their multiple personnels with linebackers, whether it's a dime, whether it's another DB down in the box; they play both the run and the pass well. Then in the back end, they're some young guys but their very effective at what they're doing. It's a good scheme defensively and it's usually the players that make the scheme well and they've got some good players throughout the defense."
(on what growth he's seen from the offensive line over the past year) "It's all about communication with a new quarterback. From the last couple of weeks that's what we've been focusing on. We've got a new center in there making calls, got another new lineman in there, so getting everybody on the same page that's the most important thing and really seeing the defense though the same set of eyes."
(on how hard it is to simulate in practice what Kansas City's defense can do) "Yeah, I think it's very difficult. They do a good job of when they don't create sacks or negative plays, just putting pressure on the quarterback in general and then when the defense plays tight coverage on the back end it makes it that much more difficult to make an accurate throw versus tight coverage. We're trying to get as good a look as we can, as possible, but obviously there's some pretty good talent that's hard to emulate."
(on his thoughts on everything with New England) "I really haven't given any thought to it."
(on evaluating the running backs without Arian Foster) "Whether Arian is there or not, it's an offensive unit that really relies on everybody doing their job. It starts with the identification from quarterback to the line, and then inside out from line to the skilled players whether it's with the quarterback or externally. Everybody's got to play or do their job and do it well. Everybody's got to play their role which it's not going to be just one person controlling the offense. It's a full unit."
(on QB Brian Hoyer going into the season and fighting inconsistency) "Well through all those reps that we've gotten situationally, and we've been put in some tough situations in practice here, but the ability to respond from a negative play. I think in the NFL there's going to be plays where the defense plays well and from an offensive perspective it doesn't go your way. This is a 60-minute game, there are four quarters, there are more plays, there's more normal downs, third downs, red area situations, and that's why they give the offense more than one down. Making sure we understand what situation we're in and not forcing balls, but if it is a negative play, being able to respond from that throughout the game, because the same situation will probably come up again later in the game."
(on if responding means not getting down on himself or making a good play to bounce back) "It's a little bit of both. I think when you put a lot of pressure on yourself to do the very best, which everybody on the offensive unit does from a coaching staff to players, when it doesn't go your way, you have a tendency to be down but there's more plays to be had and it's just making sure that the very next play is what you're worried about and not hanging on the past more than anything."
(on how much he adjusts the game plan during the week based on what he sees at practice) "We put what we think is not only putting the best players in the right situations, but just matches up to what Kansas City does defensively and then we go out there and rep it, and if it doesn't look good from our perspective, even though it maybe may look good through a coaches eyes, if the players don't see it through the same set of eyes, then it's on our laps or on our shoulders to really either take it out of the game plan or improve it or tweak it a little to make sure it's—like I said everybody kind of seeing it through the same set (of eyes)."
(on the offense responding to QB Brian Hoyer as the starter) "I think when we look at it through an offense, it's everybody's responsibility to do what we ask individually and then we put it together as a whole. Everybody knows that they're one play away from being in the ball game whether they're a backup player or a player that may not be used at a certain position. Everybody's really been doing everything they can to help the team. Then as the first unit goes, it's more about just being on the same reps, hearing the same voice, listening to the snap count, seeing how his cadence changes just a little bit differently than maybe for example Ryan (Mallett), the other quarterback. So everybody's really doing their job as far as an offense is concerned, then we put it all together as a unit."
(on the growth of the line with QB Brian Hoyer being named the starter) "I think to hear the same procedure form the same quarterback, I think it helps their just maybe mode that they're in coming in and out of the huddle, just listening to certain things that Brian may use. Bu there's a lot of things within the offense not only just communication with the quarterback, but just within the line itself, I don't know if that answers your question."
(on QB Brian Hoyer being hungry to prove himself) "Similar to what I was telling John, from a coaching perspective, we put a lot of pressure on these guys to do their job right. I think it's only natural for it to translate form a player's perspective to put a lot of pressure on themselves. Coaches to coaches, players to players, coaches to players, there's a lot of pressure on everybody to do their job and I think that's kind of why the business is what it is. It's about making the right play, the right decision, in the critical time, so that's kind of the way we approach the practice itself."
(on what he likes about QB Zac Dysert) "I think Zac's just another young quarterback to put in the mix and see how he digests the offense. I mean he's a long way—missing training camp with us—but we're just taking it day to day with Zac."
RB Alfred Blue
(on what he hopes to accomplish Sunday vs. the Chiefs) "I feel like Sunday will just add to the resume. I want to run the ball effectively. Get out there and contribute to the game and help the team win."
(on the Chiefs run defense) "They're a good run stop defense. We got to do the little things right, step into the right gap on the blocking assignments and on pass protection. I feel like the team that makes the least amount of mistakes, the little things, will win the game."
(on the whole offense communicating and being in sync) "Yeah, if everybody is in sync together, I feel like we're going to be an effective offense out there. We're going to go down the field real fast. We're going to put up points."
(on if he is worried about the Texans struggling to run the ball in the preseason) "I can't really say. I think it's just the preseason. The offensive starters weren't out there too much the whole preseason. I think this first game is going to say a lot about the offense and how everything is going to go throughout the season."
(on being the starting running back this week) "It means a lot. It shows that the coaching staff has a lot of confidence in me. I take it to heart, so I'm going out there with the mindset to be that guy and show them that I can be that guy in the future."
(on RB Arian Foster's progress) "I haven't seen him. I've been focused on practice. I'm happy to have him. I want him back soon, so just hoping for the best for him."
(on his relationship with QB Brian Hoyer and if they discuss his game vs. the Browns last year) "We have a great relationship even though we were opponents last year. We talk every now and then. He tells me 'Man, that game, I was just sitting on the sideline saying 'Stop that 28.' It's good to have him back there with me and I'm pretty sure he's glad I'm in the backfield with him. So me and him just need to be in sync together, just go out there, play the game, and just have fun out there."
S Quintin Demps
(on what he brings to the Texans) "Just versatility, experience. I'm just excited to get going."
(on why he's been such a good fit with the Texans) "I think just my experience. This is my eighth year going in the league. I know how to be a pro. I'm a grown man. At the same time, I love the game so just come be passionate and play with energy and you'll be fine."
(on picking up the Texans defensive system quickly) "Yeah, I've played in this kind of system before with (Broncos Defensive Coordinator) Wade Phillips and (Chiefs Defensive Coordinator) Bob Sutton down in Kansas City, so I'm familiar with it."
(on how much it's helped to have played with CB Kareem Jackson and CB Johnathan Joseph previously) "It's helped a lot actually. I think today was a good – I think J-Jo made a good play on a corner route because our chemistry. It just shows that we have a little bit of chemistry and I'm excited about that."
(on OLB Jadeveon Clowney) "He's an animal. He's an animal, man. I like him a lot. He'll be good."
(on why OLB Jadeveon Clowney is an animal) "He's big, talented, he works hard, and he loves the game."
(on what OLB Jadeveon Clowney can do) "We'll see. We'll see. I've only been here about a month, so we'll see. I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it."
(on practicing with NT Vince Wilfork and DE J.J. Watt) "It's awesome. It's awesome. They cause havoc on the quarterback, of course. You got to plan for them guys. You got to have a game plan for them guys, so it makes our job easier as DBs."
(on if NT Vince Wilfork has surprised him at all) "No, he hasn't surprised me."
(on if all the work to get back to the Texans was worth it) "Yeah, I think my one-man training camp was worth it. Being out there in shoulder pads had me ready for training camp."
CB Kevin Johnson
(on how his understanding of the game at the pro level is coming along) "Yeah, I'm just trying my best every day to get better. That's part of the adjustment from college to the NFL is not putting your hands on guys past five yards. Every day I'm keeping that in mind and when I'm covering guys, got to keep my hands off."
(on what his emotions are like going into the season opener) "I'm just putting my best foot forward, watching the game plan, watching as much tape as I can. The coaches are doing a great job getting us ready for the game so I'm just putting my best foot forward."
(on Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin) "Definitely, I'm a football fan so I've been watching the NFL for a long time so I've definitely seen him play. He's a great player. It's definitely going to be a challenge going against a guy like that."
(on what he's learned from CBs Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph) "I've learned, I don't even, I can't go off the top of my head but those guys teach me stuff every day. Every day I come into meetings, every day I step out on the field at practice those guys are teaching me stuff to get better and the experiences they've been through in the NFL."
(on how the emotions are different going into this game than the season opener) "It's different. It's the regular season, it's the games that count. It's ramped up. You've just got to step up and prepare yourself."
(on how much of an adjustment it's been coming from college to the NFL) "It's definitely an adjustment, for all throughout college, you can hit a guy until the ball is thrown, so just going in there and breaking that habit, using my tools and just adjusting to the game and trying to be less handsy and trusting the technique and things like that."
(on how he makes up for not being able to hit guys after five yards anymore) "Just understand the game, understand splits, route concepts and then just using my athleticism, using my feet and my hips to mirror them."
(on how he's going to feel in his first regular season game) "I don't know what I'm going to feel like when I step on the field, but I'm excited."
(on the biggest thing he's improved on since he got here) "I would just say understanding what it takes to be a professional in the NFL. There's still a ways to go for me, but that's something that I'm getting adjusted to as far as preparing for games, practices, whatever. It might be just preparation of being a professional football player."
(on what his teammates have told him about preseason speed versus regular season speed) "They definitely say it's going to get ramped up. That's expected, so I'm just going to go out there and do my best and put my best foot forward."
(on if he thinks he'll have some butterflies) "For sure, for sure. You get butterflies sometimes, you get a little butterflies for this, so I'm going to have a little bit of butterflies out there for sure."
RB Chris Polk
(on how excited he is right now for the season opener) "I am extremely pumped. This is definitely when the fun begins. This is a true off day. Me just sitting at home, relaxing, I don't see those as off days. Game day we just really just go out there and show what you know, show what you've been working on. Just can't wait. It's like a kid at Christmas."
(on if we'll hear 'bang, bang, chicken and shrimp' in the game) "Hopefully, hopefully, maybe, yeah. Maybe you'll hear it, but most likely you'll hear, 'bang, bang, unlimited chicken and shrimp.'"
(on if he's surprised at how quickly his catch phrase has taken off) "Yeah, I really am because I was just joking around, but like people, it's really sticking with them. Don't call me Chris anymore, they just say, 'bang, bang,' and I just say, 'chicken and shrimp', so it's pretty cool. It's pretty cool."
(on if he's going to market the t-shirts that his mom made) "I'm not even thinking about that. I'm worried about Kansas City right now. I'm not even worried about that. I'm just having fun."
(on what impresses him about Kansas City) "They're a really aggressive team, really good team, especially on defense. They're really aggressive, do a lot of good things. They're going to be coming in here with their hair on fire. I know (Chiefs Head Coach) Andy (Reid) because when I went to the Eagles I was with him. That was my first year as a rookie, so I know how he works. I know they're going to come in here fired up. It's a great team and a great challenge so we've just got to step up."
(on the running back situation without Arian Foster) "Right now we're running back by committee, all hands on deck, we need all of us. I just try to do everything that they want me to do. If they want me to pass, block, go block a kick, run down on kickoff, I'm going to do it to the best of my ability. I just want to play and just help this team win. I just love, I really love being here. I love the guys that we have and the coaches. I'm just really like a kid in a candy store every day I come into work. I love Houston. I love being here."
(on how well he fits in here) "Yeah, it's really surprising because they demand a lot of the running back, whether it's passing, running the ball, lining up as a receiver, running routes and I feel like I can do all of that, catch and block. It's just, to me, just keep showing them, 'Hey, I can do these things,' and just building that trust with them and just keep doing things right. I'm just trying to get better every day and I want them to call my number."
(on if he saw anything about RB Arian Foster during camp that surprised him) "How hard he works. I knew he was a great athlete but he's by far one of the hardest-working athletes I've ever seen. I don't think I've ever seen him have in the cafeteria, I don't think I've ever seen him eat a sweet anything that wasn't natural or pure. He's always eating salad, fruit and tuna. There's some days where I've got a quesadilla and I see him eating healthy and I'm like, 'Man you know, Arian, let me go get this tuna or salad or something.' He definitely opened my eyes and it shows what it's like to be a real professional."
ILB Brian Cushing
(on getting ready for the regular season) "I'm really looking forward to it. I'm feeling great. I'm feeling like myself. I'm just excited to get back out there and help the team as much as I can."
(on how difficult his journey has been to get healthy) "There's been different times in my career where you're playing and you don't feel like yourself. You just have to push through it and just know you'll have better games, better days. It'll eventually be over and you'll be feeling like yourself again."
(on if he always knew he would be back) "You have your doubts. It's just human nature to feel like that and question yourself. I definitely thought, more than doubting myself, that I'd be back."
(on if the potential of the defense excites him) "It does. But at the same time, we got to do it. We can talk about it all we want but we got to go out there and execute. We got a great test coming this weekend, first one of the year. They're a very good offense, very explosive. They got a lot of good playmakers and we just got to limit it the best we can and see where we are after that."
(on RB Jamaal Charles) "He's a very good football player. He's explosive. You got to know where he is at all times on the football field. They are going to try and get him the ball a lot. Anytime he does, you just have to limit him as best you can."
(on RB Jamaal Charles' versatility) "He's a good pass catcher. He can obviously run the ball as well, too. Like I said, you just got to know where he is at all times."
(on how good the defense can be) "We can be good, but at the same time, we got to do it. We can talk about it as much as we want, but we got to take care of the work."
(on if he feels for OLB Jadeveon Clowney since they've both gone through knee injuries) "Anyone that goes through that, it's never fun. The biggest challenge I tell people all the time is more mentally than anything. There's a lot of days where you've got to try to figure out if you can get back and if you do, if you could be the same player again. He's so young in his career, it was really challenging for him and it was really challenging for me. It's not a game for the mentally weak, and he's gone through it, I've gone through it, and anyone else that's gone through it, I applaud them that they've gone through it a lot and gotten it done."
(on if injuries like that change you mentally) "Yeah, no doubt. No doubt. Both on and off the field, you appreciate a lot more things. You don't complain and moan as much for camp and practice anymore, you're just grateful to be out there. You don't take things for granted anymore. Like I said, you just appreciate every day."
(on if anything about NT Vince Wilfork has surprised him) "No, maybe how funny he is but besides that, I knew he was a great football player. He's played a lot of years, still going out there and just dominating. Just excited to play with him."
(on NT Vince Wilfork's ability to move around for his size) "Yeah, he's athletic. You don't play that many years, get drafted that high and go to as many Pro Bowls as he did if he wasn't athletic. He's a specimen to be that big and move like that. It's been really cool to watch him and play behind him."
NT Vince Wilfork
(on Chiefs rookie center Mitch Morse and game planning for him) "I mean, we watch a lot of film on these guys. At this point in the season at the beginning, you're going to have some things where you really can't cover all the basics off of film work just because it's the first game of the season, then you have new guys and switching positions and stuff, moving back and forth, it's a bunch of moving parts going on right now. So I think most important thing for us is to understand how they want to attack us and sometimes that could happen in the game. They're going to show us some things that we haven't practiced, so I think this game is going to come down to making some sideline adjustments, how well we can do that, and then come in at halftime and make adjustments from what they've shown us or what they've given us new. Besides on the film. It's going to be interesting, but at the same time, I know how explosive these guys can be, especially at the skill position, have a big offensive line, they're happy with what they have, so I know a couple of injuries occurred up there, but I'm pretty sure (Head Coach) Andy Reid will get these guys fired up. It doesn't take much to get that bunch going, it's a great team we're playing so we we're going to get tested right off the bat. We have to be ready, we have to be prepared for it. We actually have to make sure we protect our house, playing at home, make that an advantage of us. We have our work cut short for us, but I think we'll be ready to rock and roll."
(on feeling similar to DE J.J. Watt, like he's a caged animal ready to finally play in a game) "Absolutely, we look forward to coming back and playing football. When you go to training camp, you've been off for all this while then all of the sudden, no preseason games so you're kind of biting at the bit a little bit and eager to get going. I'm pretty sure there's going to be a lot of emotion for myself and J.J. and (Johnathan) Joseph, without playing preseason, but we've been practicing our tails off. We've been healthy. It's just going to be a lot of excitement going into the first game being able to play home, for me, being able to play in a different crowd. I heard how crazy they get so I'm looking forward to that. At the end of the day, it's football. We've been playing football all our lives. I've been playing football since I was four, so one thing I do know how to do is play football so I've just got to let the game come to me and just go out there with a relaxed mind and prepare well and be okay."
(on if it'll be strange to play here after spending his entire career in New England) "I mean it's something different. I don't think it's strange because it's football. Football is a business and at the same time, it's something that we love to do. I've been very blessed and fortunate to play this game for a long time. To play for two organizations, really awesome organizations, 11 years in New England and now here, just the little time I've been here I see how special it is to play here. Different uniform but at the same time, it all boils back down to playing football and I was born to do this."
(on how much it's helped him to not have played in the preseason) "I mean you always want to play, but sometimes coaches have some different mindset of going into games and stuff like that, so you have to respect the coaches' decision. But I think the way we practice, it's like a preseason game. We practice hard here. Between the weather and how we attack practice, the pressure he puts on us in practice, puts us in game situations, I think being out for the preseason games, it really didn't play a big factor in us as preparing because of the way we practice. But it's always good to get the season going, and everything counts now, so it's fun to get that going."
(on if anything about DE J.J. Watt has surprised him since he's been here) "No, you know what, I was on the outside looking in for a while, but now I've got a chance to see him up close and personal every day. Just to see how he works, the energy he has in practice, I think he attacks practice like it's a game, and that's one thing a lot of guys can learn from is just seeing a guy like that work. It's not a mistake that he is who he is, it's not a mistake, but if you see the way he works, and the way he practices, and the way he carries himself, you'll understand how successful he's been in his career. He's got a long way to still go, so I'm going to be excited to see when he's eight, nine, 10 years in where his career is. It's going to be very, very exciting to see."
(on what he's thought of OLB Jadeveon Clowney) "My little son, little baby brother, he's everything. You know what he's a hard worker, and that's one thing I can respect about this team, not just JD, but I know a lot of times we have to talk to him because he's so eager, we wants to play, he wants to get out, he wants to do all this, but I told him, 'There's steps you have to take.' He's learning, he's learning, he's still young, but at the same time, he's the first pick, he wants to be out there with us, so he's going to get his moment and I just told him, 'When you get that moment, just make the best of it.' But he's been working his tail off all camp, on the practice field, off the practice field, in the film room, off the field in all the things he's been through right now to come here and be a professional the way he has, it shows a lot about how much he's grown over the year. Sometimes you have to tell guys that because guys like that you have to make sure you stay on and just keep positive influences in their lives. I think in this team he has everything he needs in this team."