Elam: Mentally I feel like I’m coming along pretty well. I’m still learning and there is a lot of stuff I’m still getting comfortable with.
Hayim: Your biggest strengths seem to be your intensity and hard hitting. From your point of view, what do you feel that you’re most comfortable with and that you can best build on moving forward?
Elam: I think it’s really just getting a feel for playing. You know, just getting a chance to get in there in the line of fire and I feel like I’m getting better at recognizing formations and seeing things that I notice on film, and then taking it to the field. So I think experience is the key thing. I just want to continue to improve and help this team the best way I can. We have a great group of guys and we have the potential to be real good.
Hayim: Is there a big difference for you playing safety behind a 3-4 as opposed to a 4-3?
Elam: Well, no not really. You just have to know your gap integrity, where your fits are and if the ball pops out where you need to be to help against the run. So I don’t think it’s too much different on the backend- in the secondary.
Hayim: Is anything going to change in terms of your off-season preparation this year?
Elam: I think I want to continue to work on the things I have had trouble with and just with my overall game. I’m still young and I’m still learning as a player. I want to continue to improve and I feel like the sky is the limit. I want to maximize my potential.