On if he feels like he can pick up where he left off last season:
"Yeah, I have a lot of work to do. I don't think I'm anywhere near where I could be. I'm still young in this game. I've been playing real football for about three and a half years now. It's a lot to learn and I'm willing to do it. It's exciting for me going forward, and I've got a lot to prove to myself."
On if he saw the details of Vikings TE Kyle Rudolf's new contract:
"I happened to have seen that last night. I got a lot of text messages about that. Good for him. He deserves it. He's a good player, and he's going to have a great year."
On the first day in full pads and how Head Coach Mike Pettine was excited for practice today:
"Yeah, coaches like to jack it up, and it's a good environment to get used to. For the new guys, it's kind of their first time hitting in the NFL. It was a good energy today and you can't ask for more than that."
On if it is bittersweet to see WR Josh Gordon on the practice field making plays while he may not be with the team for the early part of the season:
"I don't look at it like that. I look at him, he's making plays and it's kind of a day-by-day thing. I don't know where he's going to be in the future, but right now, I'm excited that he's out here and he's doing well."
On how QB Johnny Manziel is doing:
"He's doing good. It's fun to watch him. He's one of those guys that bring a lot of energy. People feed off him, and he's an exciting player."
On what it's like working with Manziel and QB Brian Hoyer, who appear to be polar opposites:
"I wouldn't say they're polar opposites. They're both very competitive people. The quarterback needs to be super competitive. Kind of like I said, the energy from a quarterback, it leaks off to everyone else and it's pretty contagious. They both have that."
On if he will feel more pressure if Gordon is suspended because he might be targeted more:
"No. You want that. You want more targets, if that's what it's going to be. Like I said, I'm not even thinking about that right now. It's Day 1 of camp, and when that time comes we'll worry about it then. You can't worry about what you can't control."
On if he feels differently at the beginning of this camp than he did at this time last year:
"Yeah, last year I was kind of unproven. People didn't know if I could do it. There was a lot of doubt concerning if I could stay on the field, if I could make the plays, that the athleticism would meet the potential. This year, I have a lot more confidence knowing I could do it and make the plays and my teammates can rely on me. It's kind of a weight off my shoulders, not worrying. I was confident, but there was like ‘Can I do this?' Now, it's pretty concrete that I can make things happen."
On what he thinks of the receiving corps, not considering Gordon:
"They're doing great. You saw (WR) Miles (Austin) today had a bunch of catches. (WR Nate) Burleson's the same way. They're bringing a lot of leadership to the room and to the team. It's huge to have that and they'll find ways to fill the void that Josh; if he's gone, they'll find ways to fill that."
On if offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system is tight-end friendly:
"Yeah, definitely. His history with tight ends, you see that they get the ball and they're a big part of the offense."
On if he feels like he's a bigger target now that people are aware of what he's capable of:
"Maybe. They should. If they don't – I don't know – watch more film. We'll see how it goes as the season progresses, the looks I'm going to get. Like I said, Kyle is a smart guy. He'll figure out ways to move me around or whatever it may be."
On how Hoyer has been practicing:
"He's doing good. It's exciting to see him get these reps. In the spring he was limited, and he's looking great. There are no problems with the knee, and he's out here competing. He's a fiery guy. If you watch him practice, he's always pushing the tempo. Like I was just saying earlier, it's contagious and guys feed off that and it gets us going."
On whether he had an opportunity to celebrate his performance from last season:
"Not really, I mean, when you're losing, it's not fun. It's hard to enjoy personal success when the team is not doing well. That's obviously the goal this year – to get the team going and get some wins because it will make everything feel a lot better."
On his past Pro Bowl experience:
"When you're in Hawaii, when you're around those people, you're kind of like ‘Oh man.' It's kind of shocking, and one of the things is you do need time to let it soak in. It really didn't hit me until after it was done. Just being around those guys and guys you grew up watching, and (now) playing with them, was huge."
On being able to talk to Gordon:
"We talk. It's not like were BFF (best friends forever). We don't hang out every day. We talk when we're in Cleveland together. He's trying to be positive. It's one of those things he doesn't know. It's up in the air right now. It's hard for him to have a say in it either way so he's just grinding. He's out here every day working hard so that's all that you can ask of him."
On different coverages he faces pending on his alignment:
"It all depends on the defense and the coverages they have. It doesn't really matter who they put in front of you. You've got to make the play. It can be a corner, a safety, just go make the play is what my mindset is."
On facing his team's defensive front during training camp:
"They're definitely making us a lot better. They do a lot. They have a lot of moving parts. They disguise a lot. It's tough. They're making it really hard on us, but it's going to make us a lot better football team and it's going to make me a lot better player."
On how closely he followed New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham situation:
"It was huge news so you follow, you get the daily updates on twitter. It was one of those things that was totally out of my control and you want to know. You want players to get paid its awesome when they do especially a guy like that who put a lot of work in and (is) very deserving. I'm just happy for him."
On whether he disagrees with the franchise tag:
"I don't know about that. They make the rules and make them for a reason, but the way the tight end position is changing, I imagine that the tag will be changing, as well."
On hearing the fans calling him a ‘Pro Bowl pass catcher':
"Yeah, I heard a lot of that."
On any updates on his contract negotiation:
"It's one of those things. My agent deals with that, and I don't even talk about it until he calls me and lets me know."
On being in pads for the first time this training camp:
"It was good, a lot of energy today. Guys were flying around, but we were taking care of each other. No one was being reckless out there. It was definitely a positive day and it got better. That's all you could ask for the first day of camp with pads."
On possibly being the focal point of the team's offense:
"That's what any guy wants. If that could happen that would be great, but whatever [it takes] to make the team win, to make us better, that's all I really care (about) right now."