DE-Jerry Hughes (on-how much OTAs helped out)
"OTA's helped a lot. Just to get that playbook in my hand and being able to go through it night in and night out helped out tremendously."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-how wasit to get on the field with guys like Robert Mathis)
"It was great. Just too finally be out there on the field, it felt great. I was back to just playing football."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-learning his new position as DE from Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney)
"I just see it as I have a great opportunity in my young years to learn from some of the greatest defensive ends. I will be able to pick their brains on things like that and watch them and just do the learning and getting a feel for how you play the game."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-Coach John Teerlinck)
"Coach is cool. He has helped me out during OTAs and mini-camp. He is always in my ear giving me ideas and things like that. It helps out a lot."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-his contract signing)
"I just came up here signed the contract and hit the field. That was something I was really looking forward to doing was just coming out here and hitting the field and just being here with my team."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-relief after signing contract)
"Absolutely. It' done, it's finished with, so now I just have to look forward to just playing football and trying to help the Colts win any way possible."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-joining the team in the middle of practice)
"It took awhile to get used to, but once I got warmed up I was able to just go in."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-receiving news from agent)
"I got the call from my agent. Things finally got finalized around 12 and I just drove up here and signed the contract."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-his location when he received contract news)
"I was in a hotel in Indianapolis just waiting going over the playbook. That's one thing I just really wanted to make sure I had a grip on. That way I wasn't going to come in late and be behind all together."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-his goal to get to training camp as soon as possible)
"That was my goal to start with, was to be here and be with the team, so that way I could learn from them and just run with those guys."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-working with his agent to get to training camp)
"Absolutely, no question about it. I wanted to come in and get it done."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-the Indiana heat)
"No, I am a Texas boy so the heat doesn't bother me too bad. It is lovely weather right now down in Texas."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-his feelings to finally be at training camp)
"It feels great. It feels great to be a Colt after finally getting the contract and everything finished. I can finally focus on playing football and how to play the position from Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-nervousness during or before the contract and signing)
"It was just a matter of time. The main thing I wanted to focus on was making sure that I was in shape and knew the playbook. I felt like if I had those two that I would be all right."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-getting ready before joining practice)
"I stretched and warmed up before I got out here, that way to make sure I didn't tweak any muscles."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-goals for training camp)
"I want to learn my position, get familiar with it and learn the defense as much as possible. It's a big huge playbook, so these next couple weeks I will be able to take the time to learn the defense and the scheme of things. Also, I just learn the position. I am with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, two guys who play the position fantastic. They are great All-Pro guys, so it gives me great stepping stones to learn the position."
DE-Jerry Hughes (on-working with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney)
"I would like to get with them both to see how they operate during the season and just learn from them as I grow."