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Kendall Reyes Focusing on Little Things in 2014
On the eve of the team’s second preseason game, defensive end Kendall Reyes is enjoying his third training camp with the Chargers. While the dog days of camp are definitely here, Reyes is looking forward to playing the Seattle Seahawks.
“It’s another opportunity to show what type of guys we’ve got on this team,” Reyes said. “We’re all excited, we’ve been working hard and it’s going to be nice to face another opponent.”
Reyes has had a solid camp, and this week was no different. Take Tuesday for example. In the 11-on-11 period, Reyes had one pass deflection and quarterback pressure – two plays indicative of his 2013 season – yet the 6-4, 300-pound athlete doesn’t let his camp success get to his head.
“It’s good but it goes by so quick so you can’t even dwell on it. You’ve got to know what you did well and take down what you did bad and move on to the next one.”
Last year, Reyes had an impressive season playing in all 16 games as a full-time starter. He had the second-highest amount of sacks, pressures and quarterback hits on the team, saying he’s focusing on the little things in 2014 to capitalize on last season’s play.
“(I’m) doing the little things right and being more consistent,” he explained. “The things I’m good at, (I’m) getting better, and the things I’m not very good at I’m really honing in and getting better at those. Just keep working at it one day at a time and hopefully everything works out to a better season.”
The Chargers defensive line wouldn’t be the same without Reyes and defensive end Corey Liuget. When paired up, Reyes and Liuget aim to be a dynamic set of bookends for a number of years to come.
“Corey’s my guy,” Reyes said. “He’s younger than me but he’s kind of like my big brother. He’s been here longer than me but we’ve got a great dynamic. I love the kid and we work hard.”
What’s the key to Reyes’ and Liuget’s success? Competition.
“We compete against each other and I think that’s what makes us work well together,” he said. “We always want to push each other and that’s been working so far and it’s going to continue in the future.”