From the Denver Broncos PR Department
On the praise he’s received from Head Coach Josh McDaniels
"Yeah, but I still have a lot of things to improve on and I’m not doing it every play. I don’t want to dominate 8-of-10 plays, I want to dominate 10-of-10. That’s my goal and that’s what I’m working on."
On the linebackers stepping up in place of injured LB Elvis Dumervil
"Of course everybody wants to prove themselves but we can’t let it fool us. We’re going to miss him but we’ve got to keep it going. People are going to have to step up. Mario (Haggan), myself, Jarvis (Moss), (Kevin) Alexander, (Jammie) Kirlew – everybody is going to have to step up and we’re just going to try to make it a group effort."
On the pressure he has faced as a former first-round pick
"It is but I put more pressure on myself than anyone else can so that really never bothers me. It’s just that I didn’t do what I wanted to do – that’s what gets to me. The things I hear, criticism from outside doesn’t bother me at all – it’s just motivation and like I said, I put more pressure on myself than anyone else can."
On his goals for this season
"My goal, every year I want to be great. I want to be amongst the elite and that’s what I’m going to keep working (toward). I’m not going to say that I’m going to come out and be elite but that’s my goal and if I fall short I’m just going to strap it back on and try again next year."
On whether he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder this year
"I’m going to play how I always have – a chip on my shoulder, even coming in last year I had a chip on my shoulder. Throughout college, throughout high school – and that’s just the way I approach it so I wouldn’t say I have a bigger chip this year, just a little more motivation.