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LB Mychal Kendricks

On whether he just arrived now and whether he met with anyone yet: "Just now, just about 30, 45 minutes ago. I met with the coaches, defensive staff and the (public relations) guy."

On what he thought of the PR guy: "He's pretty cool."

On whether he has spent any time on the East Coast: "No, I've never been here. This is my first time. So far so good."

On what he knows about the Eagles: "I honestly don't know a lot. I know you guys have really good cheesesteaks. But as far as the Eagles, I don't know much, but I hope I can be a part of this upcoming history."

On whether the team has explained his role to him yet: "Yeah, they want me to play SAM linebacker. Covering tight ends and covering space."

On whether he covered tight ends in college: "If we were in nickel, you know, and if we were in a pass defense then, yeah, there would be times where I would cover the tight end or covering their number two. So, yeah, you could say that."

On people criticizing his height: "Of course people are going to ask that question. That's the number one issue with a lot of people."

On whether that gets to him: "It never has. It never has gotten to me. It is what it is. You know what I'm saying? It's the card that I'm dealt with and it's how I'm going to play. That's how I am. I don't even have a chip on my shoulder because of that. I don't have a little man syndrome, or whatever you guys want to say. I just love the game and I just want to play."

On the techniques he has developed: "The way I see it is, linemen can't touch me, running backs can't see me. You know what I'm saying? It works out for me fine. For every one big step that the tight end takes, I'm taking two so I'm tighter on his hip. My cuts are a lot cleaner, my cuts are a lot tighter. I can stay on him and that's how I fit. That's how I approach my game and that's how I handle my business."

On now covering tight ends like Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: "I like the idea of that. When I think of that I smile. It's a new chapter in my life. You know what I'm saying? This is a new experience and I'm excited for it. Why would I not want to cover the best tight ends in the league to prove myself? That's exactly what you want."

On whether he has run the 40-yard dash as fast as he ran it at the NFL Combine: "Not that fast. Close but not that fast."

On why he thinks he ran it that fast: "Adrenaline, all the training, all the hard work that I put into it. Maybe something was with me that day. Who knows? Everything happens for a reason just like me being here. All I know is that that's my time and I'm going to stick with it."

On being excited to follow the footsteps of fellow California alumni WR DeSean Jackson and CB Nnamdi Asomugha: "Oh yeah, I'm happy that I can be playing with my fellow Cal Bears. I don't know too much about them personally, but I know they're great players and it's going to be wonderful playing with them."

On whether he has heard from any former teammates who are now in the NFL or from the Eagles yet: "No, I've heard that it's a great organization and a great team to play for. I'm going to have a lot of fun. It's a great fit. These are coaches, people who have been in and out of the organization themselves. I can't give you any names right now, but random numbers just text me, gave me their name. They tell me, 'I did this, I've been here, I've been here. Great organization.' The whole nine. I've heard nothing but good things."

On whether he has heard that the Eagles have struggled stopping the run: "I don't know much about it. Hopefully, over the next two weeks, I'll learn more about it with the defensive install and film study. We'll see what's going on and we'll go from there."

On why he made it a point to say he's a good tackler: "I'm strong at the point of attack, run with my feet, look at what I'm hitting, and I give maximum effort. I think those things combined make me a good football player and tackler, and wrapping up, too. I'm not always trying to get the big hit. I'm trying to get the guy down. It's a game of inches, and I'm not trying to make the crowd ooh and aah, even though that's nice. We all want that, but at the end of the day, I'm trying to get the guy down first and foremost."

On how the Eagles linebackers have been scrutinized the past few seasons: "I feel the Eagles linebackers have been scrutinized a little bit. I'm just going to do my part and do what I came to do. I hope through that that, you guys see that I'm going to be a player. I'm just going to get in where I fit in."

On heavy expectations placed on a highly-drafted linebacker: "Hopefully we can change that. You guys haven't had a franchise linebacker in a while, so why not me?"

On his experience the last 24 hours: "The last 24 hours have been crazy. I was at World Sports Café in Fresno, California with my family and then half of Fresno came. I told about 30 people, and I don't know how it happened, but in a small town word gets out. I had a lot of love and support. I was with my family and friends enjoying the moment."

On what they said on the phone call last night: "When I got the phone call, I tried to hide it. I put my head down because I had to listen to what was being said on the phone. They were getting excited and rambunctious and I couldn't hear anything. I knew I was getting picked up before they knew. When they found, they bum rushed me and tackled me, the whole deal. It was pretty cool. I'll always remember that moment."

On fellow Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans: "I heard he's a really good linebacker. We got him coming in from Houston. He's a two-time Pro Bowler. That's going to be nice and I'm excited."

On his leadership abilities: "I haven't met him yet but if that's true, taken up underneath his wing would be a blessing. Anybody who has experience that can teach me anything, I'm an open book and I'm ready to learn. I'm willing to accept whatever they give me. I haven't put on a jersey yet and I'm trying to win as much as the next guy. I feel we can get something done."

On his impressions of QB Nick Foles: "He's a good quarterback. Tall guy, big guy, heavy guy. He's a nice guy, and I don't have anything bad to say about him, I'll tell you that much. When I played against Arizona, I practiced and watched film on him like any quarterback like Andrew Luck. He's a good quarterback. I'm happy to have him, I'll tell you that much."

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