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Devin Lucien Conference Call Transcript - 4/30/2016

New England Patriots WR Devin Lucien addresses the media during his conference call at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2016.


Q: Your production spiked at Arizona State, any particular reason why that happened?

DL: Anytime you go into an offense kind of late, I didn't go to spring ball there, it's going to take some time to not only get a relationship with the quarterback but the coach has to put stuff together for you guys to pass. I feel like when everything started clicking with me and [Mike] Bercovici and our offensive coordinator at the time, Mike Norvell, tried to see what we were good at. I think that's when the production really started to click in, not for myself, but for the entire team.

Q: What do you feel your best attributes are as a receiver?

DL: I would probably say my hands. I think that it is important for the receiver to catch the ball before anything else. I kind of pride myself on trying to be pretty good at everything. That's pretty much it.

Q: How much contact did you have with the Patriots before the call today?

DL: I had a workout with their director of pro scouting at Arizona State.

Q: Do you have any connections with the Patriots, as far as any players?

DL: I do. I grew up with Chris Harper. I've known Chris since we were probably eight years old. We were the one-two duo at our high school together. We ran track together as kids. Our families are really close. He's like a brother to me. That's one of the positive things of being drafted as a Patriot.

Q: Have you spoken to Chris Harper since you got the call from the Patriots?

DL: I did, yes. He was one of the first people I talked to.

Q: What did Harper have to say?
DL: 'Congratulations, when you come here be ready to work, and let's have fun with it, let's do this thing.'

Q: How much was it an adjustment to learn the new offense at Arizona State?

DL: It was a lot different, I'm not going to sit here and lie to you guys. It was a lot different because at UCLA, it was more of a spread, kind of like Oregon. I feel like Arizona State, it was a spread team, don't get me wrong, but they had some pro-style wrinkles to it so instead of pulling one word that would call the entire route or play at UCLA, at Arizona State, they had tags and different words but it would just be one word for the entire play. That was the biggest thing, just adjusting to that, but I was able to adjust quickly, there are just a lot of moving parts in football, not just learning the offense.

Q: What did this last year mean to you having such production after three years at UCLA?

DL: It meant everything. I knew that I had to leave UCLA to put myself in the best position to be drafted. Becoming a New England Patriot is literally a dream. Being able to play and do somet hings with Tom Brady and the great receivers they already have there already. I'm really excited about it. Getting back to your question, the production was everything. I don't think had I stayed at UCLA, I don't think I'd be on this phone call with you guys.

Q: What was it about the Arizona State program that made you want to play there?

DL: Honestly, it was just that I had a really good relationship with Michael Bercovici, the quarterback. We played at rival schools, when I was at Creston, he was at Taft High School. I knew him and I knew he already had a good arm. That's why I decided. I had other options. I could have gone to Alabama. I had other options to go to every other school in the Pac 10 besides Stanford and Oregon. I had options, but just knowing the quarterback and also Mike Norvell recruited me out of high school - to two different schools. To Tulsa when he was at Tulsa, and to Pittsburgh. Having a third time's a charm with him, I felt like it was just kind of fate, plus the quarterback. That was kind of what steered me in the direction of Arizona State.

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