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Hear from Chiefs Rookies After Day One

Posted May 24, 2014

Chiefs Rookies addressed the media following day one of Rookie Mini Camp

LB DEE FORD

Q: What kind of relief is it to have your contract out of the way?
FORD: “I just want to play football. I’m excited about the opportunity to get to play here. Now I’m officially a Chief.”
Q: Do you think you’ll fit in the way you did in Auburn’s defense?
FORD: “Yeah. I’m going to rush the passer. I am dropping in coverage and they’re doing a great job teaching me. I’m learning the system. It’s becoming second nature. They’re going to beat it into my brain, so I’ll get it. I fit perfectly in the system playing behind Justin (Houston) and Tamba (Hali), and I can come in and make some plays.”
Q: How exciting was it to be a part of an organized drill?
FORD: “It was good. It’s football. This is what I came here to do. I just want to put who I am out on the field and see what they have and improve from here.”
Q: What are you thinking when you rush the passer?
FORD: “I don’t know. I just go. I don’t really think. I just react. You get a plan, you just work it and trust it.”
Q: You had an interception on the first team play. How was that?
FORD: “It was great. Teamwork, got batted the ball to me. I just reacted off of that. It was fun.”
Q: Where is your comfort level now after being here for a while?
FORD: “I give it a C. There is always room for improvement. I don’t want to feel like I’ve arrived. I want to stay grounded and just learn. You can never learn too much. You always have to stay at the C. There’s always room for improvement.”
Q: Why did you change your number?
FORD: “The opportunity presented itself. I’d play at any number, but of course 55 came available. This is Derrick Thomas’ college number. It’s all good. I’m not trying to be Derrick Thomas, but he’s a guy that definitely inspired me. The opportunity presented itself, so I took it.”
QB AARON MURRAY

Q: How is your knee?
MURRY: “It’s good, feels great. There’s no second thought. There’s no ‘be careful on the knee.’ ‘Don’t slip into a throw.’ It’s all just go out there and play and have fun and execute the play. It feels awesome.”
Q: Would you say you’re 100 percent?
MURRAY: “Yeah. I feel great. There are no hesitations. I’m able to do everything I need to do.”
Q: At the time of the injury, did you think you’d be back doing football stuff this quickly?
MURRAY: “Being so competitive, yes. But I also wanted to get back and be healthy. My goal was to be back by my Pro Day, and I was able to do that. We’re just continuing to work every day.”
Q: When was the surgery?
MURRAY: “November 25.”
Q: How long have you felt comfortable with the knee?
MURRAY: “I’ve been doing rollouts, cutting, jumping and all of that kind of stuff for probably close to two months. It’s been a constant of just getting better, getting stronger, gaining trust in the knee.”
Q: Was it good to get over the mental hurdle with guys running at you and rushing the passer?
MURRAY: “Yeah. It was a nice mental hurdle to get over knowing that I have to trust it. I have to trust my throws. I can’t worry about what’s going on in front of me. It’s not a second thought right now. It’s just a reaction and playing football.”
Q: How are you getting accustomed to everything here in KC?
MURRAY: “Just studying. That’s all you can really do right now as a rookie. Just getting your nose in the playbook, learn as much as you can from the playbook. You can’t go out there and execute, you can’t go out here and play to your full potential or play fast when you’re thinking. That’s the hard part for all the rookies where we can be sometimes hesitant because we don’t exactly get what we’re doing, so the best thing we can do and the thing I’ve been doing day-in and day-out is just studying my playbook, making sure I know the thing in and out so when I come out it’s just playing, reacting and making throws.”
RB/ST DE’ANTHONY THOMAS

Q: Is this what you expected?
THOMAS: “It was a great experience in my first day coming out here. I’m out here to compete and just be a team player to help this team and contribute to this team.”
Q: What’s the deal with your jersey number?
THOMAS: “When I arrived yesterday, No. 1 was in my locker. I established this number and I’m just going to keep working and keep competing and keep contributing to this team.”
Q: How much work have you been getting at slot receiver?
THOMAS: “I feel like I’ve been getting a lot of work. During practice I’ve been playing slot a lot, so I’m pretty familiar with the position. I’m just ready to execute and contribute to this team.”
Q: Considering you’re going to miss the OTAs, how much of a setback is that for you?
THOMAS: “It’s not at all. I feel like I still have to be a student to the game, so I have to study and keep working hard and keep training and just wait for my turn to get back to this field.”
Q: According to a few things you tweeted out, it seems a little frustrating for you?
THOMAS: “Yeah, all the other guys are here getting their work in. I feel like I have put in my work training and just getting ready to be here. Today was my first day, and I feel like I did pretty well. I’m coming back tomorrow and ready to work.”
Q: What do you think you’re best at?
THOMAS: “I just feel like I’m a playmaker. Wherever Coach puts me on the field, I’m going to help this team get to the promise land.”
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