Ed Thompson: Last year you started out with the practice squad, look
back on that experience a little bit and tell us how it's helped make you a
better player this season.
Maurice Purify: Coming in with Andre (Caldwell) and Jerome (Simpson)
was good. I learned a lot of things from them and Chad (Ochocinco) and T.J. (Houshmandzadeh),
so I thought my first year was good. To be able to sit back and watch, learn and
get ready to play somewhere. It's all been a good experience. I've learned a lot
from having a new coach, he taught me a lot of new things and what I should look
Thompson: Tell me this, being around a guy like Chad Ochocinco, what are some
of the most valuable things that you've been able to pick up as you watch him?
Purify: How he works in practice and off the field. Chad does a lot of stuff
that people don't know about. You just pick up little things like that, and like
how T.J. was so precise in running his routes.
Thompson: When you were at Nebraska, you finished second all-time with 16
touchdowns. You were a playmaker who finished high on their list in total
catches with 91. Talk a little bit about what you bring to the NFL as a
Purify: I'm pretty much possession receiver. I get behind the defense every
once in a while, and I'm a guy who gives his team a first-and-ten. I'll do all
the dirty work--I like to block, I like to run down there on special teams. I'll
Thompson: The Bengals yet another good wide receiver this year--Quan Cosby
from Texas. Talk a little bit about what Quan brings to the team.
Purify: A little bit of speed, a guy that can take returns back. We've seen a
couple of times that when he gets in open space he's able to take it the
distance on punt returns.
Thompson: Maurice, where do you think you are in your development as an NFL
receiver? Talk about your readiness to step up onto the regular roster.
Purify: I feel like when I first came in here I wouldn't have been able to
play. But I think I learned a lot--the speed of the game, what I need to do to
get open, and stuff like that. I think I'm able to play right now. I'm ready to
be on the field.
Thompson: How tough is waiting for that opportunity when you believe you're
ready and you feel like you can contribute week-in and week-out? The NFL is a
waiting game for most young guys these days, isn't it?
Purify: Yeah, you have to wait for the opportunity. I'm only doing the things
I can control, and that's what I do on the practice squad--go as hard as I can
and show the coaches that I can play.
Thompson: Maurice, I know it's an awful lot of work. Is it still fun for you?
Purify: Yeah, it's fun. I like football. Football is a great sport, and it's
a pleasure to be able to do it your whole life.
Thompson: Do you want to give a shout out to the Cincinnati fans and also to
your old fans back in Nebraska?
Purify: Cincinnati fans, were going to make it to the playoffs and it's going
to be a great season--who dey? To the Nebraska fans, keep your heads up, we're
going to make it to the top.
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