May 26, 2012
Malik Jackson has participated in rookie mini-camp and OTAs as a member of the Denver Broncos. The team's fifth-round draft pick after an All-SEC career with the Vols is back in Knoxville this weekend. Check out a Q&A session with the Jackson.
On being in Denver:
"It's a fun place. We just got through OTAs with all the veteran guys who have shown us around and took us out on the town. Denver is a wonderful city and I am very glad to be here."
On being on a team with three other former Vols:
"Robert Ayers has really been in my ear since I got here. He has been a big help and I don't know where I would be without him. He has been helping me learn the playbook, techniques and everything. I've been able to talk to Peyton (Manning) and Britton (Colquitt) a little, but haven't had too many conversations with them. They are both just really cool guys who have been very supportive."
On adjusting to the NFL:
"Right now it is just about learning that it is a business. I have to take it for what it is and go all out every day. Learning the playbook is so important, so I have been studying that a ton. If you want to get a chance to play, you have to know the playbook first."
On being the second Denver draft pick to sign:
"I just told my agent that we needed to get this going. It just happened that my contract was the second one done."
On which players he maintains contact with at Tennessee:
"Mychal Rivera and me are from the same town and played high school together, so I talk to him on almost a daily basis. I'm actually coming back out to Tennessee for Memorial Day, so I'm looking forward to catching up with a lot of those guys and relaxing a little bit."