Q: Running backs coach Kyle Caskey said when he scouted you he wrote down that you were best pass blocker in the draft. Is that something you pride yourself on?
A: Every running back wants to run the ball, but last year one of our main focuses was keeping (Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen) upright. So I had to take on a little more of that blocking role, just to make sure he didn't get hurt.
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Q: From what you can tell in just a couple of days, how similar is this Bengals system to what you were running in Atlanta?
A: It has some similarities, but other things are different. And it's a new language, so I've got to get used to that. Once I get the plays down, I should be able to be in the rotation. Right now (Wednesday afternoon) I've got the run plays down and the protection down. I need to get the routes down to go with the protections.
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Q: How excited are you for this opportunity to go from a practice squad to an active roster?
A: I'm definitely excited. I knew while I was on the practice squad in Atlanta that I just had to stick it out and wait my turn. I also knew that Atlanta wasn't the only team that could bring me up. So I just had to keep practicing hard and stay ready because just like n now, my name could be called up at any moment.
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Q: There aren't any Wyoming guys in this locker room, but do you have any sort of prior relationship with any your new teammates?
A: I played against Nick Vigil at Utah State. I played against both him and his brother (Zach) my freshman year and played against Nick my sophomore year. But that's about it. I went into Atlanta with kind of the same thing, didn't know anyone in the locker room, didn't play against anyone. But it was cool. And now I know what to expect coming in. I was real nervous coming into Atlanta, my first time in the NFL. Coming here I'm a little more calm. I know how a locker room is. Not, per se, this locker room. But I know how an NFL locker room works. I'm just coming in and trying to focus on the plays.
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Q: What do you know about Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard?
A: I've been watching Giovani in the league for some time now. I know about Joe from college. He had highlights on TV every other weekend. I know there's two good running backs here and I'm just hoping to come in and add to the talent pool.
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