Buffalo’s newest offensive lineman Jamon Meredith was a draft prospect I had the opportunity to interview during the NFL Combine back in February. Here’s my Q&A with Buffalo’s newest offensive tackle. I’m calling him that since as you’ll see below it’s the position he prefers to play.
CB: Your senior year was a bit up and down, you had to move inside from tackle to guard. How do you think it played out for you?
JM: It was a big change. It’s a lot different playing guard than tackle. I was able to adjust, not as quickly as I would have liked, but I adjusted toward the end of the season and started playing a lot better.
CB: What made playing guard tough at the outset?
JM: The first couple games were a little shaky. I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing. It’s a lot different as far as techniques and responsibilities. The more I got used to it, the more I got better and the more I felt comfortable.
CB: Do you see the greatest benefit in playing there being that you showed NFL teams some versatility?
JM: Yeah I really think it was a blessing. At first I thought it was a demotion. But then my coach explained that it wasn’t a demotion. He needed me inside, and I wanted to do what’s best for the team. I’m not a selfish guy, so I wanted to do what’s best for the team. And come to find out, a lot of NFL teams like when you play more than one position. In the NFL you only have seven-eight guys traveling, so a lot of them double-train. So I guess it was a blessing.
CB: Why do you prefer the tackle position over guard?
JM: I feel a lot more comfortable at tackle, on either side. I like the fact that I can play guard if I need to.
CB: Is there a part of playing tackle that you miss when you’re playing guard?
JM: At tackle you’ve got to show a lot more athleticism. In the middle you’ve got help from both sides so you’ve just to be stout and stay in there and hold your ground. On the outside, you’re in a lot of space. Make the wrong move and the quarterback is impaired.
CB: What do you think kept you from being mentioned with some of the elite tackle prospects?
JM: I think a lot had to do with my switching positions and not being as good as I would have liked to be starting the season. Most of the time you get graded early in the season. That’s everybody’s impression — what you do in the beginning of the season. I don’t want to say if I were playing tackle I’d be up there with them, but I’d have a lot better shot to be where they are.
CB: Do you prefer right or left tackle?
JM: Either one. It really doesn’t matter. I can play either. I can switch in the middle of the game if I need to. It’s a little bit easier to run block from right tackle, and it’s a little easier to pass block from left tackle.
CB: Do you believe that Coach Spurrier’s offense at South Carolina prepared you well for the NFL game?
JM: It helps me pass block a lot better. We pass the ball a lot and coach Spurrier runs a pro-style offense and do some balance run stuff too. So it helped a lot.
Tags: Jamon Meredith, NFL Combine
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