What We Learned from Player Conference Calls

New Chiefs players address the media via conference call after being selected

OL Parker Ehinger

Jay Binkley (610 Sports Radio):How good does it feel to get the call from the Chiefs?

EHINGER:"It's a tremendous honor. I'm excited to be a Chief and to be able to team up with my college teammate Travis Kelce again. It's going to be awesome."

Binkley:How much communication do you have with Travis?

EHINGER:"Travis actually just texted me about five minutes ago. He said he can't wait to see me and told me to hit him up right when I get in town. But I haven't seen him in a while. It's probably been since last spring since I saw him when he comes back to campus every now and then, but we were good buddies when he was at school. He was a good mentor to have when I was a redshirt freshman playing and he was a senior."

Binkley:What's he tell you about the Chiefs?

EHINGER:"He said it's a great organization. He said, 'You're going to love the state; you're going to love the city; you're going to love playing for Andy Reid, he's a great coach.' And he said, 'I think you're going to love everything about it.'

TJ Carpenter (810 WHB):What would you say is your greatest strength as an offensive lineman?

EHINGER:"I honestly would say it's my football IQ. I can pick up in any system, pick up very quickly. I ran a couple different offenses throughout my college career, and then played in the East‐West Shrine Game and played in a pro‐style offense at the Shrine Game. I'm able to pick up stuff really quickly. I have a good football IQ, and anything they can throw at me, I'll be able to pick it up very quickly."

Carpenter:How do you feel like you do in the screen game?

EHINGER:"I feel like I do a good job locating the guy, whether I'm the alley player or if I have to pave the way or be the lead blocker. I feel like I locate the guys well, I get up on the second level. I feel like I have good feet when I get up on the second level and can take them to the ground."

Terez Paylor (KC Star):Do you feel like you can play guard? Is that a natural position for you or is that tackle for you?

EHINGER:"Wherever they need me at. I'm happy to play anywhere. If they need me to take center snaps, I'll take center snaps because I'd love to compete for a starting position at some point, so if that means playing anywhere they need me at, I'm happy to play anywhere. It will be an easy transition I feel like for me."

Paylor:How much growth do you think you can still make strength wise?

EHINGER:"Yes. I feel like the NFL is going to be totally different. Different developing than college was. I feel like I can develop parts of my body in different areas, and I feel like I can get in the weight room and work on certain parts maybe that I didn't have as much time to work on in college being busy with school and everything, but now I don't have to worry about school anymore and I have the luxury of just playing football now. I feel like I can fully get my body developed."

Paylor:How did you become so technique‐sound?

EHINGER:"It started off in high school. I played for a great head coach. He was also my line coach. He was the one that also instilled that in me – to be very technically sound with what we did on the field and even off the field, and also carrying that over for when I played for Butch Jones' staff my first two years, my line coach Don Mahoney, he was one of the best o‐line coaches I could have had. Even Coach (Darren) Hiller, who I had the last three years, they're both the same type of way where I just carried that over from one o‐line coach to the other being technically sound. It was the little things with Coach Mahoney. He instilled the little things are as important as the big things. If you do the little things well, they'll add up to the big things, so I try to carry those things over from one o‐line coach to the other. It was always something I was always pretty good at, being technically sound in my play and being very technically sound off the field too."

Adam Teicher (ESPN):Did you spend much time with the Chiefs?

EHINGER:"I talked to some of the coaches here and there at the Combine, the East‐West Shrine Game, some scouts. But as far as after the Combine until now, haven't had that much conversation. I think I talked to a scout from the Chiefs since the Combine. He took a liking to me. We texted back and forth. One of the scouts took me to dinner when he was in Cincinnati a few months ago. He was a really good guy, really nice to me. I look forward to seeing him again."

Teicher:You talked about Travis Kelce, but do you know much else about what's going on with the Chiefs?

EHINGER:"I know they're contenders. I know you got Eric Fisher two years ago. I actually have known him since I was younger in high school, taking visits to Central Michigan. You guys have a great offense, some great pass rushers on the defense. There are contenders at every position. I'm excited to see some of these guys in the flesh. After playing some college competition, I'm excited to see the NFL competition."

Paylor:Were you guys a run blocking team or a zone blocking team?

EHINGER:"We were a little bit of both. In Butch Jones' and Tommy Tuberville's offense, we were a little bit of both inside zone and gap blocking."

Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital Journal):Do you remember if your interview at the Combine was a formal or informal interview?

EHINGER:"It was more informal."

Teope:So it wasn't one of the formal, 60‐minute deals?

EHINGER:"No, I didn't meet with them formally. No."

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What has it been like to see one of your former teammates Travis Kelce come here and have success?

EHINGER:"I'm not surprised. Seeing the type of athlete Travis Kelce was and being in college with him a couple years and seeing him grow as a player, as a leader and everything, I wasn't surprised that he was able to take his talents and was able to be thriving in the NFL right now. I just knew it was a matter of time before he got his time and he took full advantage of it. It's an honor to see these guys from my school go out and do big things like that, and Travis has his brother in the NFL starting and has already been a success at the Eagles. It's just been good to see other Cincinnati guys making it big in the NFL. I'm happy for a lot of those guys."

Nick Jacobs (TWC Sports Channel):What's the biggest lesson you've learned from one of your coaches in college?

EHINGER:"I'd probably have to say it was my high school coach. He taught me at a young age when he switched me from tight end to o‐line between my sophomore and junior year, he told me not everyone has the same amount of talent, but hard work and work ethic will get you far in life, and I've taken that knowledge, I took that through my high school career. I worked my ass off with everything I did, whether it was football or school. I worked my butt off. The first thing was to get a degree and finish up my college football career and hopefully the NFL, but everything I was doing, I was working my butt off and that all goes back to my high school coach."

Jacobs:If you wrote a scouting report on yourself, what would it say?

EHINGER:"I feel like it would say, great football IQ, great pass protector but also great run blocker, locates linebackers well on the second level, very technically sound. Other than that, I would say that's how I would pinpoint it. I'm a very humble guy. I don't want to sound cocky."

Jacobs:What's your favorite block to perform on the field?

EHINGER:"Probably either a double‐team block or a single down block. Whatever I can get on a guy's hip and get him to the ground or on a linebacker. He might be looking down to see where the guard is pulling or where the running back is going and have a blindside block or hit him right before he puts eyes on you. Double‐team blocks are probably the most fun. Rooting the guy out of the line, pretty much pushing the guy from point A to point B (against) his will. There's no better feeling than that."

Kissel:Are you watching the draft?

EHINGER:"No. I was actually just hanging out down in my basement with one of my buddies from school. He actually came up yesterday. I got the phone call. I watched part of the draft last night, and it was just too stressful. A lot of friends I talked to said, 'Don't even watch the draft. It's too stressful.' I found that out pretty quickly. I've just been hanging out in my basement watching TV."

Carpenter:Is your height an advantage or a disadvantage?

EHINGER:"I'd have to say a little bit of both. It has its perks and it has its downfalls. It's a little tougher at times to play at a lower pad level when you're close to 6‐7. But it has its perks. I can see over a lot of defenders. I can see through space a little better, but it's harder. I have to play with a lot more knee bend than a lot of other shorter guards and centers. So, it does have its perks, but it does have its downfalls."

Binkley:Did Butch Jones recruit you? Because he also recruited Eric Fisher at Central Michigan.

EHINGER:"Yes sir, he did. He recruited me."

DB Eric Murray

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What did it mean to you when you got the phone call from the Chiefs?

MURRAY:"It meant a lot because I have been following the Chiefs very closely. I am an avid video game player, and I actually love the Chiefs. That is my favorite football team to play with. So, it meant a lot to see something that I really, really love – the team."

Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):Why do you like playing with the Chiefs?

MURRAY:"They mainly play my style of football. They play a lot of man and that fits me well. I just want to be a physical person, come in there and do my job."

TJ Carpenter (WHB):Is your physicality your biggest strength? MURRAY:"Yeah, definitely. I would say that is my biggest strength." Carpenter:What allows you to be such an aggressive football player?

MURRAY:"I think it is mainly my mentality of how I was brought up and stuff like that. I just always take things head on and I never shove them off to the side."

Paylor:Talking about that physicality – you're really not afraid to mix it up with receivers. Where do you get that aggressiveness from?

MURRAY:"I have always been an aggressive kid. I never could play basketball because I was too aggressive, so it's just always been in me. I can't really help it."

Paylor:Now in the league you are going to have to make some adjustments because the refs will flag you. How are you going to deal with that?

MURRAY:"It's definitely going to be an adjustment. I played in college football for four years. It's something that I really haven't practiced, but I am sure once I get in there with the NFL rules and stuff like that, I'm sure it can be an adjustment I can make if I really put my focus to it and focus on it every day, I can definitely get that out of my game while still be physical at the same time."

Kissel:As a defensive back, what does it mean to you to come to a team where you have Al Harris and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Emmitt Thomas?

MURRAY:"It means a lot. There is a lot of knowledge in that room. Coming from Wisconsin, I've seen a lot of Al Harris highlights and I heard Emmitt Thomas is a Hall of Famer, so that is huge going in there with all that knowledge in that room and be able to learn. I am just honored to be there."

Paylor:Who are some of the best receivers you have faced at Minnesota?

MURRAY:"Some of the best guys I have faced? I went against Allen Robinson my sophomore year. The past couple of years, I went against Josh Doctson and I actually went against Michael Thomas too from Ohio State, so I was going against some pretty big people."

Paylor:Did they let you go side‐to‐side with those guys or one‐on‐one at Minnesota?

MURRAY:"Most of the time, I just stayed on the side, but if I needed to follow somebody around, they gave me the freedom to do so."

Paylor:What games did you follow around?

MURRAY:"I would say most notably was more my sophomore year – not really my senior year – I followed around Jeremy Gallon – it was a couple years ago. I followed him around, but Josh Doctson, he was always in our boundaries. I'm a boundary corner, so he was pretty much locked up all day."

Paylor:You played the boundary as a senior?

MURRAY:"Yeah, I played boundary all my years in college."

Paylor:Any nickel at all?

MURRAY:"I played a sprinkle of nickel. Not too much."

Carpenter:When was it the most difficult to be aggressive with the wide receivers for the most part? Do you remember a time when it was difficult to push a guy around?

MURRAY:"No not really. Usually, if I can get my hands on people, I can pretty much control them pretty well. It is different when people are blocking you and they have two hands on you and can grab you, so I would say that is the toughest times. You just have to get their hands off."

Carpenter:How complicated was the defense in Minnesota?

MURRAY:"It was pretty difficult. We had an initial call and, then, we would get a support call, but within those support calls, you probably can get ten different support calls just based off of one formation and we always switched it up. By no means was it a straight forward defense."

Carpenter:So pretty often you guys would make changes?

MURRAY:"Yeah, we made changes all the time."

Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital‐Journal):How much pre‐draft contact did you have with the Chiefs?

MURRAY:"The pre‐draft contact I had with the Chiefs was pretty minimal. We talked maybe a couple of times – that was about it."

Teope:Contact pretty much Pro Day? They didn't bring you in here for a pre‐draft visit?

MURRAY:"No, they didn't bring me in for a pre‐draft visit or anything like that."

Kissel:Are you excited about coming in with these other young guys and putting together a pretty formidable backfield?

MURRAY:"Just the opportunity to learn. I think that is the biggest thing for me. If I can understand concepts, then I can understand more about the position and I feel like that will translate over for me and go well into my game and help me as well as help the Kansas City Chiefs backfield."

Nick Jacobs (Time Warner Cable Sports Channel):What is your favorite part of football?

MURRAY:"Favorite part of football is just being able to run around with some of those people you care about and building those relationships. I'm a relationship kind of guy. I love the physical part of it because that comes with it, but just building that relationship. It has been great to me and has taken me a lot of places."

WR Demarcus Robinson

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What did it mean to you when you got the phone call from the Chiefs?

ROBINSON:"It meant everything in the world. I am so excited to be a Kansas City Chief."

Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):Where did you expect to go? Did you expect to go in the fourth round?

ROBINSON:"I didn't even really have a clue. I'm just excited to be picked and be selected."

Kissel:What kind of pre‐draft contact did you have with the Chiefs?

ROBINSON:"I was surprised. I kind of had a couple little talks with them. My agent was talking about them. So, I was just happy to get a call from these guys. I knew it was a great place for me to be."

Paylor:What are your strengths as a receiver that you can bring to Kansas City?

ROBINSON:"Everything. I think I could bring positive energy to the team, I can make the down‐the‐field plays. I am a quick guy, so I get the ball. Man, I could just make plays when I get the ball in my hand – just an all around receiver."

Paylor:Throughout the draft process, how much did you get asked about off‐the‐field stuff you had to deal with in college?

ROBINSON:"There was a lot of questions. A lot of downs. I just had to let everybody know that was in my past – everything with my freshman year. I'm a changed guy now."

TJ Carpenter (810 WHB):How did you ensure everyone including the Chiefs that was behind you?

ROBINSON:"Just my actions. I haven't done anything wrong since my freshman year and just letting these guys know and talking to them and letting them know I'm a changed person by my actions."

Paylor:Just to confirm – three of these suspensions happened as a freshman and after that season, you went to drug rehab?

ROBINSON:"Yes, sir."

Paylor:You haven't used drugs since then?

ROBINSON:"No I haven't."

Adam Teicher (ESPN):The suspensions – what were they for? Were they all for failed drug tests?

ROBINSON:"They were all for failed drug tests my freshman year, yes."

Paylor:This year, were there some suspensions late toward the season?

ROBINSON:"There was one this season. Suspended from Florida State. I was meeting with the marketing lady too early and just trying to move too fast."

Kissel:When you had a chance to visit with the Chiefs, did you have a chance to visit with Coach David Culley? What were your impressions?

ROBINSON:"I thought Coach (Culley) was great from the moment I met him. I just knew it would be a great opportunity and great fit for me if I got to play there and I did."

Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital‐Journal):The time away from football during those suspensions, did you get an opportunity to realize how much you missed playing the game or reflect on how much you loved the game?

ROBINSON:"I did. I realized how many people I hurt and how many people I let down. It knew it was a selfish move for me. I just knew I had to prove to everybody that football was my first love and what I was put on this earth to do."

Teicher:What do you know about what the Chiefs have at wide receiver?

ROBINSON:"They have some pretty good guys. The got Demarcus Robinson for sure, and they have another guy, Frankie Hammond (Jr.), from Florida. I'm excited to get up there and meet the rest of my teammates."

Teope:Get a chance to talk to Frankie? Has he reached out to you yet?

ROBINSON:"No, not yet. I saw him when I went up for a visit. We had time to chat for a little bit. There was a lot of business going on."

Kissel:What did you learn from your uncle (Marcus Robinson) on the field and what has he meant to you away from the football field with everything that you have been through with your life?

ROBINSON:"It has meant everything to me. I've been spending these last four months with him and his family. Just to see how a family man and a pro lived. He was in the NFL for nine years, so for me to go up and get that experience from him and see how he handles his business and stuff like that. I just feel like it was a great fit for me to go up there and learn a lot of stuff from him."

Paylor:Who are some NFL receivers that have similar traits like you?

ROBINSON:"I would say I have Odell (Beckham Jr.) type of speed. Pretty good hands, somebody like Brandon Marshall."

QB Kevin Hogan

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What did it mean to you when you got that phone call from the Chiefs?

HOGAN:"It was just an amazing feeling. I am kind of lost for words right now, but it's like a dream come true. It's something you always dream about and just for a place like Kansas City, what a situation for me to come in and learn from Alex Smith and under the leadership of Coach Andy Reid. I'm just so excited for the opportunity to just come in and work and contribute in whatever way I can."

Adam Teicher (ESPN):Did you by chance get to know Alex when he was with the 49ers?

HOGAN:"I never got the chance to, but he was definitely someone that I watched a lot of film on. He's someone that runs a pro‐style offense but is very athletic as well. I watched a lot of tape on him but I never got to know him personally. I'm looking forward to that."

Teicher:What do you know about their other quarterbacks?

HOGAN:"I'm just looking forward to coming in and learning from those guys. Going to contribute to the quarterback room and learn as much as I can. I'm going to soak it all in like a sponge, similarly to how I did in my early years here with Andrew Luck. Just going to try to contribute to a good quarterback room and help out the team in whatever way I can."

Tod Palmer (KC Star):How much do you think playing in a pro‐style offense at Stanford will help ease that transition coming into the league?

HOGAN:"I think it's extremely beneficial for me. Having had that experience with the pro‐style West Coast offense, a lot of the same concepts and progressions. Even though the terminology and whatnot might be different, I'm excited to come in and I think it will be a smooth transition. I know it's not going to be easy. It's going to take a lot of hard work and adjustment, but I'm excited to come in and get to work."

Palmer:Can you think of any better coach in the NFL to develop under other than Andy Reid?

HOGAN:"Not at all. I literally just got off the phone with Coach (David) Shaw and we were just smiling from ear to ear because of the situation for me. We have so much respect for Coach Reid and what he's done for the quarterbacks in developing them. I just can't wait to get in there and get ready to work.

TJ Carpenter (810 WHB):How intense was the play‐calling verbiage at Stanford?

HOGAN:"We got pretty lengthy. We'd call three plays in the huddle at a time. When you're calling three plays there and telling every single person what they're doing, then they're going to get pretty lengthy, but it got to the point where I knew the gameplan inside and out where once you see the first half of the call, you just spit it out quickly and get up to the line of scrimmage. I think it allowed us to do a lot of things. We would get up to the line with three or four plays and be able to get to the one that looked best versus the defense. I think it allowed us to do a lot of things, and it put a lot on me and I respected it because it showed that the coaches trusted me to handle it."

Teicher:Did you spend much time with the Chiefs before the draft?

HOGAN:"Not too much. I sat down with them when I was in Indianapolis. Just kind of had a brief interview and just kind of got to know some of the coaches on staff, but not too much time. I always knew that it was a possible situation just because of the style of offense that they run and kind of what my abilities are. I didn't know that this was going to happen, but I'm so thankful that it did."

Palmer:Have you talked to Andrew Luck about what life will be like in the NFL?

HOGAN:"Yeah I have and I'm sure that I'm going to reach out to him in the next coming weeks about what's going to happen moving forward and the process. He's a great resource. He's always available to me and he's always asked me how things are going, but at the same time I know he's busy and stuff. He's definitely a resource that I'm going to use."

Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital‐Journal):What was Luck's best advice for dealing with this pre‐draft process?

HOGAN:"He just told me to go out and be myself. Most of the stuff that teams would be evaluating was the film and it had already been done, so to just go out and get to know coaches and let them know who I really was and what kind of person I would be in their organization. I took that advice to heart and when I was interviewing with teams, I was just myself and was letting them know what kind of person I was and how I could contribute to their team."

Teope:Just to clarify, was your interview with the Chiefs at the combine a formal or informal interview?

HOGAN:"It was just an informal interview. One of the ones you just have down at the training station, kind of a meet and greet, get to know yourself. I thought it went well. The Chiefs are an organization that I have always had so much respect for. I watched a lot of their games last year and it looks like just an unbelievably crazy environment with the fans at Arrowhead. I'm just so excited right now."

Kissel:How do you think growing up in a football family has helped put you in the position you're in today?

HOGAN:"My family is a football family. It's something that I have dreamed of doing since I was a little kid, playing in the NFL. Having this opportunity right now is truly a blessing. I know it's just the first step in a long journey, but I know where my head is at. I have that blue‐collar mentality and I'm going to get in and work hard every day and earn the trust of my teammates that they can count on me. It's something I've been working towards for a long time and I'm just so excited that it's finally here."

RB Tyreek Hill

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What does it mean to get this call?

HILL:"It means a lot. For real, I was just happy. I barely can talk for real."

Terez Paylor (KC Star):How much contact have you had with the Chiefs?

HILL:"I had a lot. They were one of the teams that was showing me the most interest. I really felt at home. I connected with the coaches. It was just a good time overall."

Paylor:Did you visit with them during pre‐draft?


Paylor:So they brought you into the facility?

HILL:"Yes sir."

Paylor:How much did you talk to the Chiefs scout?

HILL:"I probably didn't spend much time with him because I was with the coaches getting to know them, stuff like that."

Paylor:How many questions did you get about the off‐the‐field stuff?

HILL:"I got questions everywhere I went, so it wasn't anything new to me. I got questions everywhere."

Paylor:What was your message to teams about that?

HILL:"I just told them straight up – I'm trying to move on from that, I'm trying to be a better young man, trying to show everybody who I truly am and stuff like that. It wasn't anything major, just trying to let them know who I really am, for them to have a good feel for who I am."

Paylor:Did you admit complete fault? If so or if not, why? How did you go about explaining the situation?

HILL:"The only thing I did say was 'I'm sorry, I messed up. I embarrassed the program at OSU, I embarrassed the coaches, I embarrassed a lot of people at home.' That's it. That's how I explained it.

Paylor:What have you done to make sure something like that doesn't happen again?

HILL:"I just try to choose my friends wisely. I'm not trying to point any fingers at anybody. I just have to be better at choosing my friends and who I hang around and stuff like that."

Tod Palmer (KC Star):How excited are you to get in the locker room with guys like Jeremy Maclin, a guy who has been a big‐time performer in this league?

HILL:"It's going to be life changing, for real, to be around guys like that who I have watched on TV my whole life. I'm just really happy for the chance, and I just want to thank the Chiefs and the coaches and everybody that believed in me. I just want to say thank you for giving me a chance."

Palmer:What do you think you can bring to the Chiefs on the field? HILL:"Honestly, vertical threat. I'm a more of a vertical threat, special teams guy. I'm also a third‐down back. I really can do it all. It's whatever the coaches want me to do. I'm just here to learn and help us win championships. We all have the same goal. I don't like to lose, so I will do whatever it takes to be one of the greatest fifth‐round draft picks ever."

DB D.J. White

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What did it mean to you when you got the phone call from the Chiefs?

WHITE:"To me it is a blessing. I have been dreaming of playing professionally since I was a kid, so to get that call was a dream come true."

Kissel:For fans who haven't seen you play yet, how would you describe your game with people who aren't that familiar with you right now?

WHITE:"I would describe my game as a playmaker. You know, you look at my film at (Georgia) Tech, I made plays, a lot of big plays in clutch situations. I am hoping to bring that to Kansas City with me."

Tod Palmer (Kansas City Star):Looks like the Chiefs are picking every cornerback they can – are you paying attention to that?

WHITE:"Oh yeah, I watched the entire thing up till I was picked. I was taking note, not just of the Chiefs' selection, but also, all the corners that were going."

Palmer:Were you surprised that the Chiefs took you after taking a few corners the past couple of days?

WHITE:"I wouldn't say that I was surprised. The Chiefs, they are a good organization. They have a good game plan as far as going to the draft, so they knew what they were doing."

Jay Binkley (610 Radio):Did you go a little bit later today than you thought you might have today?

WHITE:"A little bit. I was anywhere between the range of four to six (round), so that is pretty consistent with what I heard."

Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):What kind of coverage did you play at Georgia Tech? Did they let you do a lot of bump and run or were you an off guy? WHITE:"It was a combination. We did a lot of man‐to‐man and we also did a lot of cover four."

LB Dadi Nicolas

Bob Gretz (Chiefs Digest):Tell me about how you know Brandon Flowers.

NICOLAS:"Brandon Flowers is a big idol – icon almost – in my city. He was a man that gave back to the community. As a young child, I went to a couple of camps to help with my football IQ when I was a whole lot younger, but growing up also, he was able to give me advice on certain questions I would have on the process or what not. Just a great role model."

Gretz:Did he have influence on you going to Virginia Tech?

NICOLAS:"Of course. You know, he was able to go to Virginia Tech and make his dreams come true and started a pipeline and stuff like that to have me end up going to Virginia Tech."

Herbie Teope (Topeka Capital‐Journal):You weighed 220 to 225 pounds in college. Where are you right now?

NICOLAS:"I am close to 240 (pounds)."

Teope:What is your projected weight? Where do you want to be?

NICOLAS:"My projected weight? I would be playing with the Chiefs – an ideal – I could become 245 to 255. Around that area. I feel like I could do whatever I needed to do around that weight. I've never played at that weight before, but I move fine and I feel a whole lot stronger than I was then and stuff like that. So, here we go."

Tod Palmer (Kansas City Star):The Chiefs run a 3‐4, so you'll probably be an outside linebacker – how much coverage have you done? Have you dropped into coverage at all?

NICOLAS:"I've definitely worked. I was training with Chuck Smith, and we definitely worked on that. I am more comfortable than I've ever been dropping in coverage and all that good stuff."

Terez Paylor (Kansas City Star):Are you looking forward to the chance to go back to outside linebacker?

NICOLAS:"Yes sir, I'm looking forward to continue growing as a student of the game. Mastering the position, mastering my craft and trying to be a legend."

Paylor:How did you stand in there against the big guards at such a light weight?

NICOLAS:"You know what, if it's anything, it shows how big my heart is. Weight is nothing but a number on a sheet of paper. But my heart is so big, it doesn't matter to me. All it is is just competition, it's just football, so that's how I see it."

BJ Kissel (Chiefs.com):What do you think about your opportunity to come in and learn from Justin Houston and Tamba Hali?

NICOLAS:"I think this is a tremendous opportunity for me to grow as a player, as a young player. Taking notes off of guys like that who have had tremendous, successful careers at whatnot and just continue growing as a student of the game."

Kissel:What part of your game do you think you need the most work on?

NICOLAS:"Right now I'm like a sponge. I feel like I need to improve all the way around – when it comes to run stopping, pass rushing, dropping into zone coverage. I'm just trying to be great overall. I need to grow, I need to break myself down. I think when I get to the Chiefs I'm going to get broken down and get built right back up. All of me needs to improve."

Jay Binkley (610 Sports Radio):What kind of roles did you have on the special teams?

NICOLAS:"I was on the field goal block, I've done that and that's the role. He would also like to have me on punt block, that's what I did."

Binkley:You blocked some punts, didn't you?

NICOLAS:"I have not blocked some punts but I did block some field goals. I blocked like two field goals."

Tod Palmer (Kansas City Star):Coming into the league, do you feel like you need to control your emotions? Is that an area you need to grow in? NICOLAS:"When I hit the referee then, I have no excuses for that, it was wrong. I just learn from that mistake and overall, if there's anything to take away from that, I would like for you to take away the passion I have for the game and that's what I'm about to bring over there to Kansas City."

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