Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Jalen Tolbert recently joined SiriusXM NFL Radio today with hosts Bruce Murray and Bruce Gradkowski to talk about the transition from college to the NFL, building chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott and more. Below are some highlights from his conversation with him, edited for brevity.
How does it feel right now, 20 days out? Are you excited? Can you not wait to get in? Or does it seem like it’s coming to fast?
Jaylen Tolbert: “I’m definitely excited for the opportunity that’s in front of me. And just being able to go and compete and continue to do the thing that I love. A lot of people aren’t blessed to be able to play after college. And so I definitely have a special opportunity. And I’m looking forward to it.”
What was the biggest adjustment when you got to Dallas, you know, was it learning the playbook? Did it seem faster? What do you think was one of the tougher things when you first got to Dallas?
Tolbert: “Not only practices but the install. I think the other thing that was fast was, I’m used to being signaled the play from the sidelines, as majority of people are, so going in a huddle, and hearing it come out of the quarterbacks mouth at a certain speed and then being able to run to the exact split, know your assignment, know the defensive coverage, and get the job done was something I had to catch on to kind of very fast. [Just have to keep improving] every day on it, and just honestly, the overall speed or the game is something different.”
How much work have you and Dak been able to, to kind of build some chemistry this offseason. And what are you looking forward to heading into training camp?
Tolbert: “We’ve been able to build I would say, at least a stepping stool for quite a few points of chemistry. I did OTAs, finished OTAs and was able to run with the one group and get some plays with [Prescott] and listen to his cadence and how fast he talks in the huddle and his alerts and catching some of his passes. Actually, this past weekend, I was in Miami with him, CeeDee [Lamb], [Ezekiel Elliott] and Dalton [Schultz] and Sean [McKeon]. We went to the University of Miami and we had some good throwing sessions and just went to dinners and hung out, just to build some chemistry and learn each other. So, I think that was a great weekend. And you know, I really enjoyed it, we got some good work and got some good throws.”
How much have you sought out advice on how to get ready, mentally, and what all the responsibilities you have to do for the regular season when it comes around?
Tolbert: “Yeah, I’ve definitely talked to [Lamb] and some of those guys about what they did their rookie year and [Lamb] being at my position, was able to give me some tips. More so just taking it one day at a time, because overall my rookie year will be my longest year. And so, take it one day at a time. It is definitely a blessing and a perfect opportunity for you and the team. So just continuing to grow and not really thinking about the timeline, but just thinking about the work that you’re putting in and opportunities that you have to you go chase, you know, to a Super Bowl.”
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