Alan Cross: "I Always Approach it Like I Have to Make the Team"

Tight end Alan Cross spoke to the media during Training Camp about head coach Dirk Koetter saying he's not on the bubble

(On him bouncing on and off the team’s roster and practice squad)

“I’ve had that mentality ever since I got to college. I walked on as a long-snapper. I always feel like I have to make the team, regardless of what coach says. Obviously it makes you feel good, but I’m still here to make the team in my opinion.”

(On his touchdown reception in the first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins)

“We caught in on the goal line. We were expecting them to be in one-high. I just had to beat the linebacker and stay away from the safety. Griff (Ryan Griffin) threw a good top shelf ball, and luckily I came down with it.”

(On the potential of the tight ends on the roster this year)

“I feel like if we have Cam [Brate] and O.J. [Howard] out there at one time, and Mike [Evans] and D-Jack (Desean Jackson] on one side, you have to pick and choose your battles. If you match up and double Mike, we can run the ball. If you go one-high, man-up, we can beat you on the outside with Mike and D-Jack, and having those threats across the middle with O.J. and Cam, it just opens up the run game even more. Hopefully, it opens up everybody and everybody benefits from it.”

(On heading to Tennessee to practice with another team)

“I like it. It’s a good thing for rookies. It gives a team another opportunity to see them. We did it Jacksonville and Cleveland my rookie year. Last year we did Jacksonville. It’s always good to go against other guys, and not bing and bang on your own guys. That’s for sure.”

(One being a player that can play multiple positions including on special teams)

“That’s the main reason why I’m still here. That’s the biggest reason why I made it my rookie year, because of special teams. Being able to do more positions on every special team is better, and it will benefit you. That’s what I try to tell the young guys that are coming in. Try to learn as much as you can, be a sponge, soak up as much as you can. While the coach is teaching one person, even though it’s not your position, just learn it. You never know.”

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