Keilen Dykes continues his interview with AZRedReport, this time for insiders only. The defensive…
Exclusive Q&A: Rookie DT Keilen Dykes
Dusty Wittig: Who were your favorite teams and players growing up?
Keilen Dykes: I grew up in Cleveland, so I was a Cleveland Browns fan. In little league football I was a quarterback and loved watching Charlie Ward play.
DW: What is your favorite non-football activity?
KD: Going fishing with my dad is my favorite thing to do besides football.
DW: How was your mini camp experience?
KD: It was great. Most mini camps just have the rookies there. But here in Arizona we had everyone in camp. Getting to see guys that I have watched play on TV like Edgerrin James, Anquan Boldin, Kurt Warner and Darnell Dockett, and being able to play on the same field as them is like living a dream.
DW: Who was your biggest football and non football influence growing up and why?
KD: My biggest influences are my father and my brothers. They have always been there to support me and to help me out.
DW: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
KD: My first goal is to just make the team. You got to start it off right, then go from there. Doing whatever the team needs me to do, whether it is special teams or just giving guys breathers every now and then. I just got to make the team.
DW: Is there an upcoming game on the 08 schedule that you're particularly looking forward to playing in?
KD: I am looking forward to playing against Seattle because my old teammate Owen Schmidt was drafted by them. Also my buddy Johnny Dingle plays for Kansas City, so I am excited to play them too. And who wouldn't be excited to play the Tom Brady and the Patriots and America's team the Cowboys?
DW: What are you planning for your first NFL paycheck?
KD: I will need to find a place here in Arizona and get myself a car too.
DW: What is the biggest challenge you will face in NFL ball that you didn't have to deal with in college?
KD: Just coming to work everyday. Everybody in the NFL is good, every Sunday you are going to be playing against players that are just as good as the ones you played against last Sunday. Week in and week out you just have be ready to play against the best players in the world.
DW: What are your strengths as a player that you can bring to the Cardinals?
KD: I would consider my motor as my strength. I have the mindset of getting to the ball no matter what. I just want to come out and win, that's what I have always done in every step of my career. Pee Wee football, high school and college I have always played all out.
DW:What are some things you need to work on in order to be successful in the NFL?
KD:The new techniques that they are teaching me are a little different then they were college. Learning the new plays and getting myself in the weight room.
When did Dykes realize his NFL potential, what Cardinals veteran is helping his transition to the big league, these questions and more answered in the insider's edition, click here .
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