Here's how New York's eight draft picks have fared during the opening week of training camp.
It was neat because it was my dad's birthday, Aug. 11. I called him and it was really cool to have my first game on his birthday. I didn't have any family at the game but they called and wanted to come out. Something a lot of people don't know about me is that I was born in Alaska because my dad was in the Air Force.
Hopefully I can make a big improvement from one game to the next. I just want to play faster, play a little quicker out there. When I get the ball I want to be going fast out there.
Whatever the coaches let me do and play will really determine what I can do this year. Regardless, everyone's always going to see me out on the field giving great effort. I play full out each play.
I feel like I can play any of the receiver positions. I've been picking up the plays really well. It's really whatever and wherever the coaches want me to play.
To be honest, things have been pretty much what I expected in Albany. It's not any easier than I thought it would be, but it's also not all that much more difficult. The expectations I had were just about right. There are tough corners here that I have to practice against all the time and there's a lot of information that you need to absorb.
All the wide receivers here are great guys. I've hit it off with Michael Jennings, Sinorice Moss, and Brandon London. Even (Amani) Toomer and Plaxico (Burress) have been great guys in helping us learn a lot. I like (Jeremy) Shockey a lot too. He's a great player.
I know everyone's saying that I'm here to eventually replace Amani. I'm just here to play. But that's just the business of how it is in the NFL. That's life in the NFL. That's exactly how it was for me in college. There were older veterans and then they moved on to the NFL. So however long he's going to be here, I'm just going to try to learn as much from him as I can and try to soak up as much information as I can.
I try to catch every single ball that comes my way. I just want the ball all the time. I'm always focused and expect to make every play. It really comes down to the fundamentals like watching the ball all the way in and doing all the little things that it takes.
I'm pretty hard on myself when I do let one get away. It's tough. I really think about it a lot. But here you have to get rid of it in your mind right away and move on to the next play. But me I still think about it, probably too much. That's something that I have to learn to get better at.
I'm really excited to be involved in this offense. It's an NFL offense and we have so many weapons that have been in the game for a while now. There are a lot of experienced guys here and I'm just happy to have any kind of role I can here.
My only personal goal coming into this season is just to stay healthy and be able to play for the entire season. I've never really been a guy to set numerical goals for myself. I'm a rookie. I'm just going to take what I can get here.
My motivation comes from within. I want to be the best player that I can be. I want to be the best player out there on the field. I'll do whatever I have to do. Whether it's staying after practice and catching balls or working on my release off the line and stuff like that, it's worth it to me to do.
The veterans made me sing in the dining hall twice, but I was able to finish it off the second time around. That's really been it so far. I heard that you have to buy stuff like doughnuts during the season, but that's not too bad.
Off the field, I really like to play video games. I just got the new Madden game, which was a thrill for me. It was exciting to see myself on there for the first time. It was really cool to be able to play yourself in that game. It was pretty good. It was cool seeing myself. I had good speed, so I was happy. They did a good job on me. I was very happy with it. I got to play myself in college so I knew that if I made it to the NFL that I'd be on Madden. It's great to be on Madden. That's something that I've been playing since I was little.
Other than that, I'm just a fun guy. I like hanging out with girls and talking to my family. My little brother (Malcolm) plays football at USC. He's a freshman linebacker. I'm really excited to see him get out there. I talk to him all the time.
I'm excited to see USC play this year. It's going to be a national championship year for sure. They have great talent; they just reload.
Finally I just want to say that I know the fans in New York are tough, but through good and bad, I'm going to talk to everybody and work hard each and every day. This is a blessing and I'm just really happy to be in New York.
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