The 49ers signed rookie outside linebacker
Q: How much did you enjoy playing in the final two games of the season?
A: I felt great. It was an opportunity I had to take advantage of, and I think I did that. Since I wasn’t playing all year and then I did for just those last two games, it kind of feels like the season just started for me, so it’s crazy that it’s over. But I loved being able to get out there on the field and show how much I’ve learned this past year. I just wish I would have had a few more opportunities, but at least I got that taste of the NFL.
Q: Did you view this season as an opportunity to get acclimated to the NFL while you weren’t playing much?
A: Absolutely that’s the way I looked at it. Not playing, it kind of reminded me of my redshirt year at Ohio State in the sense that I was sitting back and trying to learn as much as I could. I’ve just worked out hard, stayed in the film room, learned as much as I could from the guys who have been doing it for years, and every day I just tried to get better as the season went on. I think I’m a much better football player now than I was a year ago.
Q: What was it like when you had to switch teams in the middle of the season?
A: It was tough at the beginning just because I had to move across the country and everything that goes along with that. But this is a great locker room, which made it easier. Plus, there are a lot of Ohio State guys here with
Q: Fans didn’t get to see much of you this year, so how would you describe your game to them?
A: I’m a hard worker and I’m dedicated to becoming a great player. I love the game, and I am truly blessed to be in a position to be able to play this game. I love everything about football, whether it’s dropping in coverage, pass rushing – whatever it takes to help my team win. Whatever these coaches ask of me, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m just a go-getter and I’m ready to roll.
Q: What are your plans for the offseason?
A: I’m going to give it everything I have to get better. Playing in the NFL, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know it could end soon. So I just have to make sure I do everything in my power to stay in it, which means I have to work hard all offseason. If you’re not getting better you’re getting worse, that’s the way I see and that’s why I’m not taking any time off. I’ll spend most of my time here in the Bay Area and train at the 49ers facilities.
Q: The 49ers play the Steelers next year, will you have an extra chip on your shoulder for that game?
A: Absolutely. I understand that this is a business and they made the decision to let me go based on what they felt was best for their team, but I want to prove to them that they were wrong. When things like that happen you just have to take it and run with it for the most part, and I feel like I did that. But when I get the opportunity to play them, it’ll be a little extra motivation.