There was a scene from the NFL Network's "Sound FX" after the Thanksgiving night game against the San Francisco 49ers in which middle linebacker Patrick Willis pledged to return the favor after you blocked him. Was there any conversation between you two during the game?

No, he didn't say anything because he was pretty much on his back. I think I watched that. He said, "I'm going to get what's-his-name." I'm pretty sure he and the other linebackers knew my name after the game.

What's the best thing you've heard an opponent say after you blocked him?

Something like, "Oh, you got me this time," or "I'm going to get you next time." One guy we played against told me, "Man, you got me crippled for next week." When I got here into this division, some guys who we played against in my old division [the AFC South] said, "When the Texans didn't pay you, I was so happy. That way, I won't have to see you again." So that's a good compliment.

You've been more of an option on offense this season than in your previous eight-year career. How have you adjusted to having the ball in your hands?

The more you can do, the more valuable you are to the team. I'm thankful just to come here, but people said that I was just a run blocker, that I really couldn't help in the passing game or that I couldn't run the ball. So I think I'm more athletic than people give me credit for.

When a play in the huddle is going to you, what's that feeling like?

It makes you feel good. After you bang somebody probably 20 or 30 times, just give a dog a bone every once in a while. So it makes you feel good.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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