Sunday, October 06, 2002

Jones: Life as a rookie

        Each Sunday, Bengals first-round draft pick Levi Jones talks about life as an NFL rookie.

        As an offensive line, we're pretty nicked up going into today's game.

        I learned so many things from Richmond Webb. I'm starting now because Richmond is out for the season with a chest injury.

        He taught me that I had to play my game. He said there are certain types of tackles and certain type of defensive ends, and Richmond said I'm one type of offensive tackle. He said I couldn't step outside of that type and try to be something I'm not.

        I'm not the biggest left tackle, and a lot of people know that. I can only be me, which is quick, athletic and attack style. I'm not a big guy who can control. I have to hit people. Richmond taught me to be me.

        I guess I've got this left tackle job. It wasn't acquired in the manner I wanted to do it. I wanted to win it. I wanted to earn it. Now I feel like it's handed to me. Richmond is a good friend of mine, a good, loyal person, and I'm sorry it had to happen like this.

        I talked to him a lot since this went down. He had surgery (Wednesday) morning, and I pray everything went well.

        He kind of said: “You're up. You've got to do the job and take care of the position.” It was basically about maturity.

        It's maturity in the play. It's being mature enough to go out there and use the ability God has given me. And I need to use those gifts and be very technical with them this afternoon.

        I'll be facing another rookie, Dwight Freeney, but Chad Bratzke is the guy who has been doing it for a number of years. Freeney is going to be better than he was in the preseason, so I have to be ready for that.

        I'm not going to try to do too much. Out of respect for Richmond, I have to go out and do the job he left for me.

        I welcome Jon Kitna saying things to me. He knows the system, the ins and outs. He knows exactly what's going on. If he tells you that you have to be somewhere, you have to do your best to get there. He's like: “You're up. Let's go.”

        It's my job to get it right.


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