Second year defensive end Derek Wolfe didn’t go through OTAs last year because of the University of Cincinnati’s late graduation date. Now that Wolfe has a full NFL season under his belt, his last “first” is OTAs.
“It’s a huge head start on the playbook and you’re just getting better at your techniques and stuff and getting to be around the guys even more,” Wolfe said.
That’s a far cry from college football where Wolfe said that in spring practices, players would get physically run down for two weeks, have a spring game, and then play just a few snaps in that game.
“It’s a lot better in the NFL that you get to come out here, learn your technique, run your plays, learn your playbook and you get to meet and get close with the coaches, close with the teammates and it’s a really good scene for that,” Wolfe said.
Now that Wolfe is entering his second year, he’s stepping into more of a leadership role.
“I just try to lead with my effort and I’m not a big vocal guy either,” Wolfe said. “I just try to lead by example and do the right things and usually people will follow.”
“I don’t really care what my stats look like as long as we win and I have a ring on my finger at the end of the year that’s all that really matters.”