On how it felt to be out today - "It felt good. Great first practice. A lot to learn. There are only a couple of ways you can play the three technique and shade. It's all about camaraderie and understanding who you are playing next to each other. Getting use to Earl (Mitchell), getting use to Cam (Wake) and everyone else."
On if it was automatic that he would be at OTAs - "It was automatic. You never miss practice. If you watch my history and know my history, I only missed one practice because I got sick last year. I don't miss practice. No question about that."
On the first day of OTAs - "I am going out and playing as fast as I can. If I am going to make mistakes, I want to do it full speed, especially being in the backfield. That's what I was brought here for. That's the way I know how to play and that's the way I have been playing for the past five years. I am happy to be in a position to build off of the success that I have already had and try and get better each and every day."
On how scary it will be on opposing offenses playing next to Cam Wake - "I really won't speculate on that. The sky is always going to be the limit for us. Anybody who lines up next to me and whoever I line up next to...at the end of the day, we always want to be somebody's nightmare. We always want to cause havoc no matter who is on the field. That's our job. That is what we are here to do."
On if being back on the field is like riding a bike - "I think football at the end of the day is like riding a bike (laughing). If it wasn't, you would want to make it to where it was that. At the end of the day, you want to grow within this scheme and understand where I need to be in all places. New terminology so that's always a challenge, but I am picking up pretty quickly."
On if playing football is the same because of the small amount of ways the defensive lineman can move - "Football is football, but there are different tasks, different wants, different needs. Our defensive line coach, coach (Terrell) Williams has been there every single step of the way and I have talked to him non-stop. Like you said, there are only so many ways that you can play the three technique and one technique and two wide, but there's different asks and needs in different situations."
On if the terminology is much different - "Terminology is always different. No matter where you at. I have gone through...I have been in the league five years and I have probably gone through three or four different sets of terminology even with the same defensive coordinator. Last year, obviously, we had the new defensive coordinator in Detroit, but at the end of the day, it is something that you can pair it up with something else that you have seen in the past. Things that I remember back in the day with a three man front they called in spinner. Back there in Detroit we called it something different. Here we are going to call it something different. At the end of the day, you are going to have to find similarities to understand where you need to fit in."
On if he is at the point where he is reacted instinctively yet - "I am a guy that is always going to react and play off instincts. I think the best football players do that. For me #1, I study the terminology in the classroom and when I am at home and then obviously when I get on the football field...if I hear something, that is what I go with. If I double check, that's it. Once I put my hand in the ground, it's an over."
On facing Mike Pouncey - "It is a good healthy relationship with me and Mike. Being able to go against a Pro Bowl center every day in practice is obviously going to get me better. I hope to get him better as well. That's just the way it is. That's a good thing to have. That's not a bad thing by any means."
On the moves the team has made this year - "Man, this front office is something special. It is a very progressive front office and I am very excited to be a part of this organization and this team. You can't ask for more than what they do. Honestly, it is good situation. Now we have to come in and put it together."
On Cam Wake - "I think Cam and I have a good relationship so far. We had a lot of fun on the one on one pass rush. I look forward to doing that all year long and many years to come."