“You just have to understand it's part of the business. In college, it's one thing. (With the NFL), you're talking about a multibillion dollar corporation, essentially. There's going to be changes. Obviously, we've already seen some. The guys that drafted me are no longer there. I fully expect there to be competition. I want competition. I want to go into camp and compete. If I had won 10-11 games last year, it may not be the case, but we weren't able to get that done. I expect competition. I'm eager to get started.”
What are your thoughts on what OSU was able to do on offense this season, despite a revolving door at quarterback?
“I've never seen anything like it. That was impressive by all three of the guys that played. It's not easy to play at that level, especially when you're not getting many reps or coming off the bench. When Wes (Lunt) went down, J.W. (Walsh) came in and didn't miss a beat. And that goes back to coaching. Coach (Todd) Monken gets those guys prepared to play every Saturday. Obviously, we all know that those three guys have different qualities as a quarterback, but Coach Monken found a way to call plays to put those guys in position, to put that offense in position to win and succeed.”
Did you ever talk to Clint Chelf about it? You two became close at OSU.
“He called me a couple times, but mainly just text messages back and forth. Same with J.W. I congratulated him after his first win and those types of things. Me and Clint became pretty close when I was there, so I think he kind of felt like he could rely on me if he needed advice, before he was even playing, and stuff like that. He's a good kid and a guy that I think came in and faced a lot of adversity, but he was able to overcome it and prove a lot of people wrong. I was in the same boat. I was a third-stringer. You're not excited about the position you're in, but the only thing you can do to overcome it is to go out on the field and get it done. That's what he did.”