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Transcript: Ras-I Dowling Interview

Posted May 2, 2011

Patriots CB Ras-I Dowling meets with the media while on his tour of Gillette Stadium on April 30, 2011.

Q: What do you think so far?

RD: I'm just happy to be here. I can't explain how happy I am to be here.

Q: Have you met with the coaches or Robert Kraft?

RD: I've talked to a couple of the people here so far. They've been showing me around and everything.

Q: Did you talk to coach Al Groh about the Patriots? He spent a lot of time here with Coach Bill Belichick. Have you had a chance to talk to coach Groh at all about what the Patriots have done defensively?

RD: No, sir. But I know that coach Groh and coach Belichick worked with each other back in the day. My first three years at Virginia was pretty much kind of the same style of coaching.

Q: Was there an element of that that you found conducive to your game? Was there something you liked about the style you played those first three years?

RD: No.

Q: Just playing?

RD: Yes, sir. It doesn't really matter.

Q: What's the schedule for you from here on out?

RD: I don't know. I don't know. The lockout is going on, so I really don't know what the schedule is.

Q: Is it true that you took public speaking classes so you would be able to talk to kids at charity events?

RD: When I first got to college, I took a public speaking class and it really helped me out, so I took another class after that. And I have a couple of experiences speaking to youth at different events.

Q: Are you excited to be a part of this organization?

RD: Yes, ma'am. Yes ma'am.

Q: Can you talk about what's going through your mind and how you feel about it?

RD: I'm just very excited. I couldn't really sleep last night. I'm trying to get here, probably off two hours of sleep right now. I can't stop smiling.

Q: How familiar were you with the Patriots roster and style of play?

RD: Yes, like I said, being with coach Groh, I know the 3-4 defense. Pretty much, I think it's the same kind of style. I know the Patriots are a winning organization. That's a good thing.

Q: How about Devin McCourty?

RD: Yes, he's a great player.

Q: Have you seen him play much?

RD: Yes, at Rutgers. I don't really compare myself to him, but he's a real good player. I'm willing to learn a lot from him and the other guys - Kyle [Arrington] and all the other guys, Darius [Butler, I'm willing to learn from those guys.

Q: Have you ever met anybody who is on the roster now?

RD: No, not yet. I'm anxious to meet them though.

Q: What do you do now with the so-called league being in limbo? What happens in the process for you now? How do you stay ready? Where do you stand right now?

RD: Right now, I'm just trying to be in the best shape so when everything gets settled, I can be in the best shape and just try to perform to the best of my abilities.

Q: Have you had an opportunity to talk to any of the coaches yet?

RD: No, sir. They're just showing me around today.

Q: What's the process been like for you? Has it been a frustrating process? Are you relieved at this point? How did this whole thing play out?

RD: It's not really frustrating. I'm just happy, like I said, happy to be here. I'm happy to have the opportunity to get drafted yesterday. So, I think everything played out well.

Q: I'm sure you did a little research on the team. What do you bring to this team?

RD: Like I said, I'm just going to try and learn from these other guys and everyday I'm going to come to work. Everyday just try to work and get better as a player.

Q: You said yesterday that the injuries were basically just a year long string of bad luck. And every report that you read about you suggested that before those injuries you would've been a first round pick. Since you fell out of the first round, do you want to prove everyone wrong that they should've taken you in the first round?

RD: I think everybody has a chip on his shoulder that plays the game. You want to be the best that you can be. So every day you try to get better.

Q: Is it true that you ran a 4.4 with a pulled hamstring?

RD: I don't know. I don't know really get into the time and stuff.

Q: When did you start playing football?

RD: When I was 10 years old.

Q: Was it Pop Warner?

RD: At first, I was playing backyard. We used to call it "throw a tackle." When I was 10 years old, we started playing organization and recreation football.