Each week, blogger Matt Vensel fires a few questions at rookie cornerback and kick returner Asa Jackson. The Ravens’ fifth-round pick in April’s draft, Jackson is a Sacramento native who played his college ball at Cal Poly.
MV: I know the Ravens lost Sunday afternoon and you were inactive for a second straight game, but what was it like to hit the road and head to Philadelphia for your first regular season road game as a NFL player?
AJ: I’ve been to Philadelphia a couple of times because my little brother goes to school out there but I’ve never been to the Linc before. Just seeing something new, a place that I have seen on TV a lot, was fun. And traveling on the train Saturday was actually a lot of fun, too. I’ve never done that before. It was a good experience.
MV: What do you guys do on the road trips? I know you took the train up there and I saw some of your teammates Tweeting about going to dinner. How did you kill time on Saturday night?
AJ: A lot of players like to go out to eat and see the area and stuff like that. I’m a little more boring. I just stay in and watch college football. I haven’t really gotten to watch college football like a real fan the past four years, since I was playing. I like to stay in and just watch it and see what my friends in college football are doing. But that’s just me. A lot of other guys like to go out, go to the mall, go check out the surrounding area.
MV: Did you at least hit up some room service?
AJ: Yeah, I had to. I had to get me a little burger.
MV: What were the Eagles fans like? They are known as some of the rowdiest fans. They’re not the friendliest fans around.
AJ: Oh, they were loud, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen or that we couldn’t handle. It was a good environment. I kind of like environments like that, that make it tough on the road. That’s when I play my best and I think this is a team like that, too.
MV: You’re still looking to get into your first regular season game. Is frustration starting to mount there or do you just have to take it in stride and realize that your time is going to come eventually?
AJ: It’s not like frustration. It’s more like motivation. It keeps adding on to me being more and more motivated to keep showing what I can do here on the practice field and hope that it will lead me to getting some time in the game. I’m still going to prepare each week like I’m going to be the No. 1 guy going in there so if and when I do get my shot, I’ll be ready.
MV: Have the coaches given you an indication of what areas you need to improve to be up on gameday?
AJ: They have told me to just keep working in practice. If I can show them that I am someone they can trust on the field, knowing my assignments and not looking lost out there, it will definitely help me get out there.
MV: What’s it like preparing to play Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a future Hall-of-Famer? And he’s from California, too.
AJ: He’s very good. It’s interesting because of how much success he has over the past 10, 12 years or whatever he has been playing, just trying to break down why he has been so successful and counteract that. It’s pretty interesting to watch some of the stuff that he does out there on the field and how fast and how accurately he can throw the ball and just how he gets the matchups that he wants that are beneficial to the offense. So it’s good. He’s a good guy to play against because if you’ve seen the best, it’s not easier, but you can prepare for [other QBs] a little better. I’m excited to keep watching him on film and get ready for the game on Sunday.
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