QB Malik Cunningham


Malik talk about your night, your preseason. I know you had to juggle multiple positions, but you got the opportunity over the course of three games to get out there and show the staff what you can do. How do you feel you did?

Man, first of all, I just want to give thanks to God and my teammates for pushing me, even family back home just staying in my ears keeping me motivated. But I feel like I did good over those three games. A lot to learn from, a lot to take on the chin, a lot of things I did good, a lot more things I need to work on as a quarterback or receiver, wherever they put me at. It's a blessing just to be here. I just want to thank God again for the glory and blessing me with these abilities and we'll see where things go from here.

You have a preference of the two positions?

No, I'm a football player. Whatever they need me to do, I'm going to do it.

What was the biggest surprise for you over the course of the summer?

The biggest surprise? I mean, just college and the NFL is so much more different. I would say from a weight room perspective, definitely different. A lot more meetings in the league. A lot more spending time at the stadium trying to get your body right. Really, I really got into a routine in college. I mean, when you're the best athlete on the field in college, there's not much you can really do. But when you're in the league, everybody around you (are) definitely good players and there's stuff to learn from. So, it was good to finally get in a routine and learn from some of those older guys.

Last week, Coach (Ross) Douglas talked about some of the leadership you've shown among the rookies, and he said you would help to take Demario Douglas and Kayshon Boutte under your wing. Could you describe that relationship, and how much gratitude do you take in seeing them do so well?

Oh, yeah. I mean, ever since we came in, I've been knowing Pop (Demario Douglas) a little bit longer than I've known (Kayshon) Boutte. It's kind of crazy because me and Pop (Demario Douglas), we were at the combine and we were just talking like, dang we might be on the same team. And then, we're on the same team. But that's just the quarterback in me. I just want to see everybody succeed. Those two guys are great athletes, great receivers, and just good guys to be around. We hang out every day. You never see us three without each other and (Ameer) Speed be with us too. Just coming in as a rookie class, all of us are together for sure, but it's good to keep those two like kind of under my wing, like my little brothers.

With cutdown day looming, do you feel good about what you did? Do you feel like you put yourself in position to succeed this summer with cutdown day looming on Tuesday?

I mean there's still a lot of stuff that I still need to work on. But I feel like I put enough good stuff on film to let the coaches handle (that) and make a decision. (It's) not my decision. I can only control what I control, and I'll just keep my head down and keep working.

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