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By Roy Miller as told to Charlie Campbell
My first game as a pro went well. I did well on special teams, and I was really happy about that because that is my first time on the kick return group. I did well on defense, and there is always room for improvement. I'm going to keep striving to get better and help the team.
As a player you expect to do very well. It was my first NFL game and I didn't know what to expect. I'm not even going to lie, but I just knew from what I've done in practice I wanted to build off of that in this first preseason game. I thought I did very well. Very quickly I learned this game isn't too unfamiliar, so I just went out there and did my thing and felt real good about it at the end of the day.
I don't know exactly how I graded out with my percentage of being assignment sound. We didn't get the number, but I did very well. There were negative and positive plays that I had, but overall it was a very productive game as far as coving my assignments.
It was really special to put my uniform on for the first time. That was one of the most special things about the game. Coming out there and playing against a very good team in Tennessee, wearing the uniform and representing the Buccaneers, all of that was an amazing thrill. There is not too many things in life that you can do like that, so I felt very honored to go out there like that. To be a professional football player, be a teammate of some great players, and be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. I can't emphasize enough what a huge thrill it was.
I felt that I was really prepared for the game. Our coaches had us ready for the Titans, and my teammates had me ready for the Titans. I go against some of the best players in the league everyday in Davin Joseph, Jeff Faine, and Jeremy Zuttah. All of them and other guys that are tough players like Julius Wilson and Marc Dile had me ready for what the Titans brought. I refuse to believe that anybody on the other lines I'll go against is better than the guys we got. That belief had me confident going into the game.
It was a little different traveling as a pro compared to traveling the way we did in college. For the most part it was nice, but it was strange. I had to get fried chicken for the defensive line on the way to the flight. I have never seen that much money on a cash register at Popeyes in my life. That was incredible. My roommate and fellow rookie D-lineman Kyle Moore will have to get it next time. I told him I'd get it this game.