LB Monty Rice


(on the game tonight and what he saw on his way to leading the team in tackles)

I think each and every week I have gotten better. I started out slow against the Falcons, picked up a little bit in Tampa, and tried to raise my play in whatever they need me to do. Whether it is kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt return, I just want to help the team and do whatever I need to do to be able to contribute to the team.

(on how he has grown this offseason and what he has learned from some of the veterans on the team)

I would say even in the preseason – I have never played in a regular season game, but the speed is different, how things happen are different. It is just important for me as a rookie to be able to get up to speed and just play fast. If I am able to play fast, then the sky is the limit for me. I just need to continue to play fast. If I see something then just go, because it is better than tiptoeing and doing whatever I can to help the team.

(on the Week One matchup against the Cardinals)

That is still a ways away. I think we have a lot of preparation to do, but it will be exciting. It is the most important game because it is the next game.