Did you think you'd have this kind of success this early in your NFL career?

"I felt like if I came out here and worked hard, improved every day in practice and learned the playbook, I had a chance to be successful. I didn't know how successful, but I felt like I could have an impact on the team. I've still got a long way to go to be the player that I want to be. This is only the beginning."

You and (Cincinnati quarterback) Andy Dalton appear to have great chemistry already. How long did that take?

"I think it started during training camp. We would go out there and it seemed like we were always on the same page. With the lockout, we didn't have as much time as we wanted to work together in the summer, but once training camp opened up, we made the most of the time we had together. I wouldn't say it happened overnight, it was more of a gradual thing between us. I think we're getting more and more comfortable with each other each week."

You and (former Fort Dorchester High School star) Carlos Dunlap are on the same team. What's that like to finally get to play with him instead of against him?

"I think the best part is that I've gotten to know Carlos off the field and he's a great guy. We're friends now. We knew each other growing up, but I wouldn't say we were friends. We talk every day now. When I first got to Cincinnati, Carlos was a huge help. He was one of the first guys to call me when I got into town. He wanted to know if I needed any help with anything and showed me around town. He's a great player. He's having a great season."

Is it hard to believe that you, Carlos and (former Fort Dorchester High School star) Robert Quinn grew up together and now are having success in the NFL?

"It's crazy to think about it, but I used to play against those guys growing up in Summerville. Robert and I played on the same team one season. Those are guys I've known since middle school and now we're all playing at the highest level and helping our teams. It's really unbelievable."

What did you do during the lockout to stay in shape for the season?

"I worked out at Georgia. I worked out a lot with (Georgia receivers coach) Tony Ball and he helped prepare me for the NFL. He really worked me out every day and I felt like I was ready when the lockout ended. Matthew Stafford and I worked out a couple of times. We threw the ball a few times. It was great to catch Matthew's passes again."

Biggest difference between the SEC and the NFL?

"The speed of the game. Everyone says the NFL is faster and it is. The playbook is another big difference. The offense we run is pretty complex and there are a lot of plays you have to know. The defenses I've been facing are a lot more complicated as well. And everyone is big and strong and they can run in this league. I played against (New York Jets cornerback) Darrelle Revis in a preseason game and he was great. It was tough to get open against him and it was a preseason game."