Noted Williams: “Now we always say that if we give you two reps and you make two good plays, we’ll give you four reps and see if you can make two more plays.”
Felder’s confidence has certainly risen from a year ago. He spent all of 2012 on the practice squad, an experience that was at times both a joy ride and a grind.
“It’s a humbling experience when you go out and you put so much work in every single day and you never play on Sundays,” he said. “You see these guys you’re going up against in practice making plays and you say, ‘Well, I was just guarding the guy.’ But I looked at it as a blessing. With how young I was, I felt like I needed to slow down a little bit — to take time out and to understand the game a little better.”
Now Felder senses an opening to prove he’s truly worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster.
“I’m a wait-and-see guy,” Williams said. “So I’m just going to wait and see how he plays. But, in the back of my mind, I do have high expectations for Bobby.”
Those expectations can create pressure. Felder, however, sees a golden opportunity.
“For me, I think the biggest thing now is trying not to do too much,” he said. “Because sometimes I feel like you can get a little too worked up to try and leave an impression and that can cause you to get out of whack. I have to remember to compete on every play, to hustle and to execute what’s asked of me.”