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: Have you been getting any of that special rookie treatment from your teammates?
AJ: A little bit. I have to carry their stuff off the field. I have to run out and get chicken when we go on road trips. That’s as bad as it has been. It hasn’t been anything too crazy. But I’m not getting off scot-free, either.
MV: Has it ratcheted down since training camp?
AJ: Guys forget, I think, now. That’s the thing in training camp, they try to make it hard on the rookies. But now that everybody is in here, we’re a real team now, so they are taking it a little easier on me.
MV: Safety Ed Reed often has young players over to his house to watch film together. Has that invitation been extended to you?
AJ: It has, but we haven’t gotten it all the way together just yet. We’ve talked about it. When we can finally get it all set it up, we’re going to make that happen for sure. Ed has been a big help to everybody on the defense, but especially the young guys, trying to help us understand what’s going on. Hopefully, he will continue to do that and we’ll just keep getting better.
MV: As a young player, what’s it like being around Ed? One, he’s a future Hall of Famer, what’s it like to be a player like that? Two, he’s just a player that people are curious about because of his charismatic personality. What’s it like practicing and being in meeting rooms with him?
AJ: Everybody thinks that professional athletes are a certain way because they don’t know them, but Ed’s just a regular dude just like anybody else, doing what he loves to do. And you see that in the way that he prepares and the way that he conducts himself around the building. He’s a real professional guy, and he really does know everything that there is to know about the defense. He might as well be another coach for us. He’s a good in-between person for the coaches and the players. He helps everybody. He’s a funny guy, too. Ed’s always joking around. He keeps it light in meeting rooms for sure, but when it’s time to work, he’s one of the hardest-working dudes, on or off the field, that I’ve ever been around.
MV: He’s been really big into the Orioles lately and took a bunch of guys to Game 2 on Monday. Did you go with him to Camden Yards?
AJ: Yeah, we went to the game the other night. That was an experience that I’m not going to forget. I’ve always been kind of a baseball fan since I was younger. My team is the [Oakland Athletics]. My A’s made it to the playoffs, which was amazing, but it is looking bad right now. Hopefully they’ll be able to win a couple more games. But I hadn’t been to an Orioles game, so I wanted to make sure I could catch one before the season is over. I was really happy that they won the game. It was a really good atmosphere at Camden Yards. I liked it a lot.
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