FLOWERY BRANCH — I caught up with rookie safety Charles Mitchell, who was taken in the sixth round in the 2012 NFL draft out of Mississippi State, after a recent practice.
Mitchell, like most of the rookies, is feeling his way through his first NFL training camp.
Q: How are you picking up things?
A: I’m able to communicate with the other guys on defense and special teams. That was a real problem for me in the beginning, communication and making calls. That is coming along very well.
Q: Are you looking forward to the Friday Night Lights scrimmage?
A: Definitely, I’m pretty sure that every rookie out here is looking forward to it. It’s the first chance to really get to make a name for yourself. I’m pretty sure the film will tell who’s physical and who’s not. Who really wants to be out there and who doesn’t. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and showing my stuff. I want to impress the coaches a little bit more.
Q: Did the offseason program help you out?
A: With the plays being called in minicamp, OTAs and now in training camp, it should all start to become second nature to you and that allows you to play a whole lot faster and get the ball.
Q: Have you seen a lot of different route combinations?
A: I see a whole lot more bunches and combinations. Everybody runs the same stuff. It’s more about down and distance, time in the game. I’m not seeing anything that is so different from what I saw in college. I see the same concepts. It’s really more about terminology.
Q: Are they teaching you how to make the calls?
A: I definitely have to make calls. I had to make calls when I first got here. They throw you right in the fire.
Q: What is your impression of Roddy White and Julio Jones in practice?
A: It helps a lot, but I really don’t match up against those guys. Those two guys are two of the best receivers that I’ve seen play in the NFL. I played against Julio for three years, but he’s gotten a whole lot better than when he was at Alabama.
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