Aug. 11, 2011
How have the first few days of practice been going for you?
The first couple of days I thought went really well, especially yesterday (Tuesday). Everybody was moving at a fast tempo, everybody was working hard. There were a lot of people cramping up, and I was one of them. I know we’re working hard, and the first day went better than I thought it would go, I was kind of rusty. But now we just have to get back into the whole football mode.
Talk about the receiving unit. There’s a lot of jostling for positions, that’s got to help make you guys better.
There’s a lot of competition there, so having a lot of competition with eachother is going to help us more. We’re all close, so we’re not going to say anything to down eachother. We’re always going to help eachother and have eachother’s backs. I think that’s what makes us a strong receiving corps.
EJ is the guy this year, and there’s no more backing up Ponder. How has he handled the transition to being the number one quarterback?
After watching him in practice, I thought he handled it really well. Just watching EJ, it seems like he’s a totally new person. He’s more comfortable, he knows everything, he knows what he’s doing, and if someone doesn’t, he directs them. That’s just like a captain would, so I think he handled it really well.
It’s your second year through camp. Is it a night and day difference?
Not really, I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work. When we didn’t have football, I worked hard. I have really good work ethic, that’s one thing I can say I do have. I have the drive to want to be the best, and I want to be that guy that my teammates can depend on.
When I hear your name out there, I don’t hear a lot of “Jarred,” I hear “Scooter.” Where did the nickname come from?
I’ve actually had it since I was born. My granddaddy walked into the hospital, and picked me up and said, “What’s up Scoot?” That’s how it all began, there’s no specific reason, he just called me that.
Kelvin (Benjamin) has a lot of hype coming in, but a lot of people forget about Rashad (Greene). We’ve heard he’s very polished. Can you talk about him, and how he looked so far?
That’s a perfect way to describe him: polished. It seems like he’s been here with us since I came in. He seems like he really knows what he’s doing. He’s got great hands and he’s really smooth. Even in the meeting room, coach Dawsey asks him what he has on this play, and he’ll be able to tell him. He’s going to be a pretty good player.
Is there any advice you gave both he and Kelvin about being ready to play?
Yep, just tell him everything is fast paced. You’re going to have to know how to catch on fast, and if you don’t, you’re going to be left behind. That’s what he has us for, so if he doesn’t know something, he asks and I help him out.