Personally, I think this is a good starting point for me. It’s been a bit of an emotional ride after being released at the end of training camp, then going to the practice squad and then being signed to the active roster. But I feel like now my time has come. It’s been intense. It was frustrating because I wanted to play immediately obviously, but unfortunately I did not have that opportunity. But I knew things would work out in the end so I knew that if I let myself go mentally or slacked physically I wasn’t going to be in the condition I needed to be in to make plays when the time came. So I did everything I could to stay ready to be able to pounce on my opportunity.
While I did play mainly defensive end, it wasn’t incredibly tough like some may think to switch to outside linebacker. My entire last year at Stanford I played outside linebacker. And my first few years in the league with Carolina, about 15-20% of the time I played at that position too. I was predominately a defensive end there but I had a good amount of packages where I played outside linebacker. So I felt comfortable transitioning. I’m good with pass coverage and I’ve been able to show that the past few games. Obviously I can still get better, and I have the passion to do so.
I get a lot of questions from fans about my celebration. It’s kind of a combination of two years. What I do flexing, which is the second part, I had done at Carolina last year. This year in the preseason when I had a few sacks in the Arizona game, I pointed two fingers in the sky as my tribute to God. That was something spontaneous that I basically added to my celebration. So the way it goes now it feels good and my teammates definitely like it.
The way you fans have embraced me immediately means a lot to me. It’s great. I had an awesome relationship with the fans in Carolina, so to have the support here in San Diego and getting to know you all has been great. I have a ton of people in my corner. I have great family and friends and teammates who support me, but when you have the fans too that makes it all the more special. So thank you for the support. It’s been awesome these three games so far and getting out there and playing. So thank you!