Friday, June 8, 2012
On the offense creating more packages to use him more and his talents:
We’re just trying to put a lot of playmakers on the field. Obviously the coaches consider me as one of those guys. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can and earn different things. They want to use my talents so we’re going to see how it goes. We’re experimenting with a couple things with the whole running back room. I’m looking forward to it but I’ve just got to continue to get better each day.
On his 5.2 yards per carry average last season and being proud of that:
I’m not really a big stat guy. Wins losses are my thing. Anyway I can help my team try to win games that’s what I’m here for. That’s a nice little average to have but you can’t get satisfied with that. You’ve got to try to get better, look at the things that I did wrong last year and build on that and continue to build on the good stuff.
I was happy. He deserved it. He put in the work. He put in the time. He’s a great guy. Like I tell people all the time, you don’t find too many guys to take you under their wing once you get here, especially when somebody gets drafted at your position. We’re both competitive. We go out there and compete. We push each other. But at the end of the day he’s like a big brother to me. I try to take as much of his game to apply it to mine, especially in the pass protecting and running how he approaches each games. That’s what I kind of tried to do when he went down. He definitely deserved every penny that he got.
On what the 2011 season did for his confidence:
I always had confidence. We talked about it as just a matter of getting out on the field. I never let my confidence detour or get down. I always knew my ability and what I was able to do on this level. My confidence was high just when the opportunity came just trying to take advantage of it.
On if he gets frustrated on their only being one starter at his position:
No. I was frustrated that we went on a losing slump. I’m not worried about carries. Like I said when your number’s called you have to be ready and take advantage of it. It’ll come. I’ve got a strong faith. I know my time will come. I’m looking forward to it and unfortunately it came in the wrong way that it did last year but I try to take advantage it. Now the coaches, they knew what I could do and I don’t think anyone in this building ever doubted my ability. It was just we had a guy that was playing at a Pro Bowl level and we stuck with him.
On how much playing wide receiver helped his game:
It helped me understand where guys are going to be at on certain plays. Just getting familiar with the routes and the concepts so when I got back to running back I was familiar with where the receivers were going to be on certain plays. It definitely helped out a lot.
On if playing wide receiver made him better at catching the ball:
I always took great pride in catching the ball but it definitely did. Fitz (
On if he can tell a difference in Buffalo with the fan’s excitement:
There is a big buzz around town. This town deserves it. We haven’t been good lately but at the end of the day we look good on paper. We’ve still got go out on Sunday’s and get the job done. It’s not going to be overnight. We’ve still got to continue to push the envelope towards the goal we’re trying to accomplish.
On how to get the confidence up as a team to get over the hump to get wins:
Be consistent throughout the season no matter if you’re winning a lot or if you get down. Just got to be consistent and learn how to put one game behind you and move onto the next one.