Ladies and gentlemen, the time has (possibly) come.
All I know is I’m most definitely excited to get on the field if Coach calls my name. Like I’ve been saying, I’ve got to be ready if it happens, and right now I know I will be.
Over the bye week, as you all know, I just stayed a couple extra days and conditioned, working out with Coach Tuten. I did some more rehab and studied my playbook — just did a couple of extra things to get right. Get my mind right and my body right. I did have some time to relax though, on Saturday and Sunday, then we were back in here on Monday.
I have noticed one change, though. More and more reporters are coming to my locker during open locker room. It went from having maybe one person come and talk with me to having every camera in the place all gathered around me. It’s not overwhelming or anything like that, though. I’m just answering the questions, telling them what’s going on. The question that’s been asked the most is, “Are you getting playing time?” or “Are you starting?” I can’t answer either of those. Both of those are a game time decision. I don’t know yet, so I’ve just got to stay patient, stay on my Ps and Qs and be ready for everything that could possibly be thrown my way. Then I can go out there and have some fun.
Speaking of reporters, Mike Pittman’s locker is beside mine, and I hear reporters asking him about me occasionally. He’s been real cool, always having my back and kind of lifting me up as I get back closer to the field. He’s a true professional. I’ve been saying since day one, I just kind of listen a lot. I don’t ask a lot of questions. I don’t irritate people. I just kind of watch and listen, and I especially just watch how Mike Pittman carries himself. He is most definitely a guy I can learn from, just the way he goes about his business, and you can see what his results are like on the field, too.
I’ve noticed some of you coming up with nicknames for me. The Train. ATV: The All-Torain Vehicle. I like them all. Throughout college, guys called me so many different kinds of names. Everybody’s trying to make something up, but those are similar to the names that have been used in the past. I’m OK with either one of those, most definitely. It’s whatever you all feel is best. I’ll roll with it.
Somebody asked me last week what I can bring to the offense. One word: excitement. Just that want-to-be-out-there. I want to have a good time. Because I know I’m going to be enthusiastic when I’m out there, so hopefully I rub off on everybody and we’re just all out there making huge plays. Then build from that and win the game.
The Dolphins are up next at our house, and like I’ve said all along, and even before in this blog — if Coach calls my name, I’ll be ready. See you all at the game.