With linebacker Jon Beason on PUP and Jameel McClain suffering a foot injury in yesterday’s practice, rookie Devon Kennard talked about the possibility of having to assume a larger role than expected and the impression he hopes to make on the Giants.
Q: Now that Beason and McClain–I don’t know McClain’s current situation right now–but do you feel added pressure or added responsibility out there?
A: Every day I prepare to start. It’s no different for me, it’s no added pressure. It’s what I expect and what I want. I’m just excited for another opportunity to come out here and compete.
Q: It’s been a while since you’ve played middle linebacker. How similar or different is middle linebacker here than the middle linebacker you played at USC?
A: It’s definitely different. That experience prepared me for this. I was young and that was my first time ever really playing linebacker, so I made a lot of mistakes then but that prepared me for this moment.
Q: Does the mindset have to change when you’re on the strong side and you go to the middle?
A: Obviously, with the middle linebacker, it’s more responsibility. You have to be able to get the calls out and make the right adjustments and everybody’s looking to you. I like learning the middle because it helps me prepare for everybody’s position because at the middle I know what everyone is doing around me.
Q: They say you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. What kind of impression do you want to make on these coaches and what kind of impression do you think you can make?
A: The impression I want to make is that I will do whatever it takes to help this team win and get back to that championship level that this Giants organization wants to be at. I’m trying to show that every day with the way that I work and my selflessness for the team, and the effort that I give in trying to be the best.