Rookie running back
The schedule is changing now that we’re leaving the hotel and I’m getting used to being at my apartment. Trying to get used to different schedules has been a little tough on the body.
Like when we got back from Kansas City last week and got to the stadium at about 3:30 a.m. I got into bed about 4, but didn’t get to sleep until 4:30. I took a nap on the plane, so I had to get back into sleep mode. Then we had to be at the stadium at 8 a.m. in a quick comeback.
We’d get back that late in college for some games, but you always had Sundays. Sundays you didn’t have to do anything, so you could catch up on your sleep. I won’t lie. This stunk. I was on time. They don’t play with that stuff around here. You definitely don’t want to be late. You have to suck it up and go to work. It’s like anything else. Once you do it the first time, you know what it’s about.
When we broke camp and left the hotel, we had the rookie show and I think it was pretty fun.
It was fun seeing the guys come out of their shells and show their personality and the veterans can see them for who they are. You have to come together and have each other’s back and it’s a good time when you have a little fun, cut loose, and get away from football.
The game in Kansas City went a lot better (six carries for 36 yards) than expected. I think I ran the ball hard. I think I fitted up in there on most plays. But when I got my report back from the coaches, it was anyone can just run up in there. I have to start breaking more tackles and getting more explosive runs. When I ran the ball, I think I liked all my reads. All my reads were solid. I think I had six a pop. That’s not enough. I have to get into the secondary and make some guys miss. Just settling for six a pop, anyone can do that really.
After the game I told the media that right now I was focused on moving the chains and then I’d worry about the home-run ball later. Right now I’m thinking, more explosion, more explosion, more explosion, then a pop. Just running hard is fine and dandy, but I have to be more explosive, be more physical and they’ll start popping. The speed is not that big of a difference. It’s just the guys’ knowledge. They react a lot quicker in the NFL. Guys know what they’re seeing. For me it’s not about speed, it’s about reaction time.
On special teams, I have to get better on my technique and make my way up that depth chart, too.
The game against the Jets is going to be tough without
Hopefully I’ll get in one series with
There’ll be situations like that in the next game against the Jets. They do a lot of zero blitzing where they blitz all-out with man-to-man coverage, especially when they’re in the red zone. Rex Ryan is never shy about sending the blitz. We’ve been practicing that all week. I think Andy and the quarterbacks have done a great job with the checks, making sure we’re protecting the front and getting some one-on-one on the outside. I think we’ll be ready for that.