Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read his interview here and follow his journey on Twitter @WellsCaleb51
1.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?
My focus and preparation throughout the week play a big role in my success on game day. Things like how much time I spend breaking down film, player, and scheme-wise. How my nutrition and hydration were. The biggest factors for me are being in a good mental space and controlling the controllable. Keeping my mind clear of everything besides my alignment, assignment, and responsibility.
2.What sets you apart from other Edge rushers?
The way I impact the run as well is what sets me apart from others in the position. I enjoy playing the run and play it with a high level of instincts and physicality. Along with that, my motor is a difference-maker. I’m not a guy who just wants to contribute on third down, or when the play comes to my side.
3.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
I’m a high-energy guy, and it’s absolutely contagious. I feel like I’ve always been able to rally those around me. At 26, I still have so much fun with this game, and others tend to gravitate to that. Whether practice or game day, the moment I stop having fun with it, I’m done with it.
4.What skill do you have do you think translates to the NFL well?
My ability to impact the quarterback is what translates the best, by getting home, or through pressure disrupting vision and timing. I’m a high motor, high activity guy on the field. I’m a long guy in the run game, who has the ability to strike and separate due to that length. NFL-wise at a true 6’6 245, I provide position flexibility and scheme versatility. Having played in a 3-4, 4-3, and 3-3-5 multiple defense throughout my college years, I have a knowledge base of these schemes as well.
5.What do you hope to achieve as a football player going forward?
I want to play this game at the highest level there is. There’s nothing more to it. My continued development as a player, furthering my knowledge of the game, as well as adding another 15 pounds to my frame is the biggest things on my plate right now. Of course, we all have dreams of accolades, awards, championships etc. My goal is to prove that I belong, that I can play with the best of them.
6.What do you think are your biggest traits on the football field?
My biggest trait is that I play the game with an edge, no pun intended. I’m probably one of the nicest guys you’ll meet off the field, I’ll laugh and joke. But on the field, it’s about violence for me. I’m not going to talk to you all practice/game; we can go at it every damn down as far as I’m concerned.
7.What makes you think you can be a successful player in the NFL?
My growth overall, as well as my development as a player, in my belief, are what prime me for success in the NFL. This past year has been a blessing in disguise, due to the fact that I took the time to hone in on my craft and body as an athlete. I’m in the best shape of my life hands down, and mentally I’m as sound as I’ve ever been. As a player, my length, motor, scheme flexibility, and position versatility are my biggest assets to an NFL team. I’ll play whenever, wherever, and however, a team sees fit and still provide production.
8.What are you still trying to learn as a football player?
At this stage in my life, I’ve become an absolute sponge. Whatever someone is willing to teach me, I’m willing to learn. I don’t think there will ever be a point where I can’t learn something about the game or will feel like I’ve reached some kind of unteachable status. I’m all ears at this point. They say knowledge gives you the power to act. Who doesn’t want more power?
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