ILB Micah McFadden
Q. How's camp been going for you so far?
A: Pretty good. I think the team's just getting better every day. Personally, getting reps with the ones and kind of splitting reps right now but like I said, just attacking every day and staying on top of learning the defense.
Q. What ways do you think you've improved since last season? How did that happen?
A: I'd say this offseason just kind of working on getting my feet underneath myself in the pass game, working on my drops and getting into coverage, reading routes and trying to implement that into my drill work. I'd say that's probably the main thing I've been working on.
Q. Do you feel that you're an improved player? Especially in coverage?
A: Yeah, definitely. I think that's been a big impact and obviously, just having a year under my belt with the defense and having the same scheme and the same group of guys around me. I think it's helped a lot.
Q. You broke up a pass from tight end Darren Waller. Is that where you figured out that you made your strides?
A: I'm sure in the future we won't have a linebacker in that situation again (laughs), but just trying to get better with that type of stuff.
Q. How big is the difference in your comfort level this time of year versus last year?
A: I'd say it's drastically different. Obviously just understanding the playbook and not having to learn a new system or anything like that. Like I said, just having that year under my belt and being able to react and play a little bit faster and now, diagnose offensive schemes instead of trying to learn just the defense.
Q. Do you set your goal to be a contributor, or do you want to be a starter?
A: Without a doubt, I think everyone on the team wants to start. That's definitely one of my goals but obviously, just help the team win in any way that I can.
Q. Does it help having (linebacker) Bobby Okereke out there with you?
A: No doubt. No doubt. (He's) an experienced veteran. Somebody that can just give pointers throughout the day and little things that you can think about while you're practicing. I think that helps a lot. It goes a long way having somebody like that play next to you, for sure.