On training camp so far: "It's a lot different than the spring; I actually have an idea of what I'm doing instead of just running around. ... I looked like a deer in headlights, but now the game comes so much easier when you actually know what you're doing, and you have a lot more fun, too."
On competing for a job as an undrafted rookie: "I definitely think it's open competition. They've given me an opportunity to come in here, and they believe in me. A lot has changed from the spring. I have a good grasp and understanding of the playbook and the role they want me to play, and I've been able to fulfill that duty so far."
On his role after playing safety at college: "Once I get a good grasp of the defense in its entirety, they're not only going to use me at WILL linebacker but also different sub packages (as a defensive back)."
On the transition to linebacker: "It was slightly difficult, but if you can play, you can play. The biggest transition was learning the new playbook and the different mentality of being a linebacker, and also putting on weight. I came in at 205, and I'm at 220 now."
On versatile defender Shaq Thompson and the entire linebacker room: "He's a great influence. Really, the whole room is. Those guys have been in the program and understand what they're doing and what it takes to be an NFL player. I'm able to go to them with any questions, and they're looking forward to helping me get better as a player."
On the strengths he brings to the group: "I can cover. I can cover, and I have a nonstop mentality and a high motor to hit people. That's something I've never shied away from."
On tight end and fellow Duke rookie Braxton Deaver: "We're teammates, but at the same time we're both fighting for a spot on the squad."