Rookie Reaction: Q&A with Rodgeriqus Smith

The AFC West has already seen one wide receiver named Rod Smith blossom from an undrafted free agent into a franchise player. The Chargers hope their Rod Smith, the rookie from Auburn, can be as successful. SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler talks with Smith about the road ahead.

To read Part II of this interview -- where Smith reveals why coach Charlie Joiner told him he has a "pretty good chance" to make the 53-man roster -- click here.

Michael Kranzler: What do you feel you bring to the table as a wide receiver?

Rodgeriqus Smith: I think I bring leadership, just a guy who's going to work hard for you and get the job done. Just being a leader, pretty much.


WR Rodgeriqus Smith
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MK: What do you feel is your biggest strength on the field?

RS: I think I'm a reliable receiver. I get the job done in crunch time of the game, just being reliable for my teammates. They can count on me at any time and in any situation.

MK: What do you need to work on most in order to have a shot at making this team?

RS: The thing I need to work on the most is just learning the playbook. I think that's going to be the biggest part of me making the team this year, just getting in my playbook and knowing what I'm doing on the field. I think everything else will take care of itself.

MK: What current or former NFL player do you see yourself as being similar to?

RS: My favorite receiver is T.O. I like Terrell Owens a lot. [Laughing] I may not play like him a lot, but I like to watch him a lot and learn a lot of the game from him. He's a great receiver.

MK: Is there anything you want to say to Charger fans, or that you would like them to know about you?

RS: They've got a great football team, and they'll see a lot of great things out of me and a lot of hard work.

To read Part II of this interview -- where Smith reveals why coach Charlie Joiner told him he has a "pretty good chance" to make the 53-man roster -- click here.

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