A: This past offseason I just went in with the mindset of what can I do to get better? You know, just the same as any offseason. I remember last year things didn’t go exactly how we wanted them but a lot to learn from. Went into the offseason with the mindset, let’s get better, let’s get back to work and let’s see which ways we can do things that we did last year. I feel like I left a lot of hidden yards out there as far as yards after catch and a lot of plays I felt like I should’ve played smarter. But, you know, it’s a learning curve. It was my first year (here), a lot to look forward to this year. I’m excited.
2 You led the league last season in catches and yards ... are you thinking, how do I improve on that? Do you view that as, boy, it’s going to be tough to top or equal what I did last year?
A: Every year is different. I try not to think too much about last year just because it’s a new year, everybody’s starting from ground zero. They’ve got a lot to learn from, people who watched us play last year got a lot to watch as far as like finding new ways to stop us and doing different things. I trust in my coaches and my quarterback and everybody involved, we’re equally working as hard to try to create new ways to make things happen and we’ve got excellent pieces on offense. As far as running the ball, we didn’t run the ball extremely well last year. That’s something I look forward to this year. I know Motor’s definitely looking forward to it, and Zack Moss. So it’s just a learning curve. I try not to think too much about last year. It was a great year, didn’t end well, and I’m trying to keep it going. We’ll see this year. Things might be different. Nothing’s ever the same, so I just control what I can control.
3 How do you personally handle-increased expectations? Because there’s obviously a lot of people that think this team could again make a lot of noise this year.
A: Yeah, expectations are exactly what you call them — expectations. As far as people in the building, people who grind each and every day as far as working out each and every day or going to practice — I’m happy to be back at practice, by the way — but those are people that are in control of our destiny. Like I said, we start from zero but you’ve got good expectations, you’ve got bad expectations. What you live up to is kind of solely on you and your team. However we carry, we don’t think too much about it. Try to keep it humble. We went from a team that was huge underdogs to people got a target on your back, and that’s just how it works when you win games. So as far as us, you welcome the struggle, you welcome the challenge and you look forward to it.
4 One of the last images from last-year was you on the field with Sean in Kansas City. How do you build off that? How do you take that moment and what happened in that game and use it to kind of fuel you and get you ready for this year?
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