Wow. Oakland was an experience. It was cool to be in that atmosphere — The Black Hole, rowdy crowd — and then we went out there and played to our ability and got the win. I can’t stress enough what a great experience it was just being out there.
I didn’t catch any batteries to the back of the head, thank goodness, but it was still pretty crazy. I saw a couple fights break out in the crowd, especially when we were walking in for halftime. It was pretty cool. I’m saying, it was really exciting being around that atmosphere, watching the guys make big plays.
The thing I was most excited about was watching Eddie Royal, one of my good friends, being in the same rookie class and all, making plays. I’m just like, “Yeah. That’s what’s up.” It was exciting watching him play. Heck, it was exciting watching EVERYONE play.
Can you tell I’m excited the season is here?
And things are going well with my rehab. The elbow feels good, I’m getting a lot of work done with it, and it’s almost back to full flexibility. I’ve just got to stay on top of it, and I see the doctor next week. He’ll give me some more leeway and some things to do to get my arm stronger. I’m excited — I’m just trying to get back as soon as possible.
I don’t know exactly when I’ll be back. I know I said earlier that Week 6 was the goal, but all I know is it’s probably going to be the full two months. I’m not sure on the exact date when I’m back, just because you never know how fast you cam come back, especially going through this rehab. In a realistic world, I’ll probably go ahead and wait out the full two months and get it as strong as possible and stay on top of things with my treatment.
But just know that when I am back, like I said before, I’m going to be a veteran. I’m not going to be a rookie anymore. I’ve been to all the games and I’ll know all the plays. I’ll jump right back in that rotation and hopefully help us get to where we want to be.
All right, I see you all came through with the questions this time around. So let’s get to it.
As far as whether or not I’m doing any strength training with my arm and elbow — not yet. It’s just flexibility. Until I get back to a full range of motion, and then I’ll be lifting weights.
One of you asked about coming back to practice before I’m back in the games. Most definitely you’ve got to start practice before you play, and you’ve got to get back intot he groove of things. The date when I’ll be back, I’ll certainly be practicing the week leading up to it. Hopefully by me going to all the meetings and staying my playbook, like I said I can get right back into the rotation and try to help the team out.
Now to the question about Coach Shanahan comparing me to Terrell Davis. I use that to fuel me mentally. I’m just trying to get back as soon as possible and do what I can to help this team out. That was huge coming from a coach like him. He’s been in the NFL and he’s a good guy with a great personality. He keeps it real and honest — he would never lie to you — so when he says positive things to me or about me like that, I just take it as a huge compliment and try to help the team out to compliment him back.
One question was about my specific goals in terms of yards and touchdowns when I come back. I’m not really thinking about it like that. I don’t have any goals like that, other than to just come out and make big plays. Whatever I can do to contribute to the team, I just want to help out.
The first thing I thought when I was drafted was: I got my foot in the door. I got my foot in the door. I finally made it. All those years of school and football and hard work and conditioning — it’s paying off. It paid off.
One person asked who I didn’t look forward to seeing in the defense when I was running through a hole during training camp. That’s a good question. Really I didn’t have anyone to fear, because you can’t play this game with fear. But one person that I did FEEL in camp was Nate Webster. Yeah, I felt his facemask in my back a couple times, but you know I had to act like I didn’t feel it and keep pushing. It was a really fun camp. It was good to be back playing football, because you know I got hurt my senior year at Arizona State, so I was just happy to be back on the playing field and making plays.
As far as my closest friends on the team — I’d say one of the closest is Josh Barrett, just because we’ve been with with each other for a couple years now as Sun Devils, but I’m cool with everybody on the team. Me and Quick, us being running backs and we’ve both got a lot of down time, yeah, we’ve been kicking it lately. But really I want to be good friends with everybody on the team. I don’t put a limit on nobody. It’s cool.
Speaking of Quick, he did have the same injury I had my senior year, the Lisfranc, but not as bad. He doesn’t have to have surgery. Because of that I haven’t really coached him through it because it’s different with him not having surgery. I had surgery and I had to be in a cast and I was laid up for two weeks. So Quick is taking what he can do — he’s still lifting weights and staying on top of everything. He’ll be good. I can’t wait till he gets back because he is a big playmaker, and just fun to be around.
For the question about my number, I only had a few choices when I got drafted. I just felt like 42 looked pretty good on me. I can make it work. I almost got 26, my number in college, but Jack Williams snagged it right in front of me. One phone call away. But it’s cool, I’ll make do with what I got, and really just be happy I’m in the league, pretty much.
Last question, one of you asked what I like to do in my spare time. I like to listen to music, watch movies, hang out with my boys and just relax. I don’t like to be out in the open too much. I like down time.
Thanks for asking so many questions, I love it when I see all these comments on here. Glad you all are keeping up with how things are going, I’m just trying to keep everyone involved while I make my way back onto that gridiron. Glad the team’s headed in the right direction, and I’m excited for the Chargers game this week. Check in with you all next Thursday.