Feature on Colt adjusting to life as an NFL rookie

About how he spends his time on the sidelines watching, absorbing, and waiting for his chance, Colt said:
“Basically, I just watch and try to fill the role of what I’m supposed to do … be supportive of the guys, just kind of watch and learn. Sometimes it gets a little mundane because you just want to play and you know you can’t, but that’s just part of it and you really can’t complain because they take care of you at this level. It’s something that I really enjoy and I’m fine with where I’m at right now.” (HA)

Accepting his role as a reserve, Colt said:
“It’s tough because to be the starter you have to be responsible and accountable for so much information. And (as the No. 3) you don’t get any reps, you don’t get any chance to really practice anything, but they still hold you accountable and that’s the challenge.” (HA)

HA Note: “While he may not get the reps he wants or needs, he works on what he can. After practice, he runs wind sprints with Campbell and Collins. Every piece of instruction to improve his footwork is most likely advice he will use in the future.”

About how he learns all he can from QBs Jason Campbell and Todd Collins, Colt said:
“I just know that in the end what they want to see is a guy go in there and succeed, and I just put it on that — what’s my best way of succeeding if I have to go in there. That’s how I basically get ready. I focus on what I’ll really need to know, focus on if I have to go in there what I’ll need to do, and just keep it at that.” (HA)

About how there is a big adjustment between college and the NFL, Jason Campbell said:
“It’s a different adjustment because in college you’re used to playing a lot … you’re so used to being a star and now when you get to the NFL it’s all different because you feel like a little boy to everybody.” (HA)

About how teammates are very different in age in the NFL, unlike in college, Campbell said:
“You’re playing with a bunch of grown men and guys around you have families. It’s not like in college when you go home and you go to your friend’s apartment and you play games. Now, it’s the guys going home to their families and you’re sitting at home bored. You are trying to find something to do.” (HA)

About how he was frustrated when he didn’t play right away as a rookie this year after being a star at USC, TE Fred Davis said:
“Sometimes it can be a little bit hard. You want to get out there and play right away. But you just have to take your time and wait your turn. Other than that, it’s fun. You finally have a job. It’s your job now so you have to take it a little more seriously than college because it’s a business atmosphere. But other than that it’s fun. It’s still football.” (HA)

HA Note: “In the preseason, Brennan played in all five games, completing 36 of 53 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. His quarterback rating was 109.9.”

About his play in the preseason, Colt said:
“I think I definitely had to come in and fight a learning curve and fight a hip injury that I was coming back from. It was really difficult but I expected it to be difficult and I was real tough just about how I handled everything. I think as I kept having little stints of success it was something to build on, and once I got my confidence going I’ve been progressing really well.” (HA)

About how Colt’s competitiveness will serve him well in the NFL, Campbell said:
“He is definitely a hard competitor and has the desire to win. If he continues to do those things in practice each and every day and just understand the National Football League is all about patience, and when your opportunity comes, whether it’s with the Redskins or whether it is with someone else, always just make sure that you’re ready.” (HA)

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