Veteran pass rusher John Abraham held court today, talking a lot about playing his former team the Falcons this week and finally getting his first sacks as a Cardinal (although teammate Calais Campbell said Abraham should have about eight by now if he could’ve converted his near-misses). Clearly he is happier about playing more. It wasn’t easy for him just to be situational, because it was difficult to get in the flow of the game.
“My old coach Ray Hamilton, he always said, ‘John, you gonna be a third down rusher?’ I was like, ‘Hell no,’ ” Abraham said. “I said, ‘You understand, I’ve got to come in one play and be ready, and this guy (blocking) is lathered up and ready to go.’ It’s tough.”
Abraham doesn’t have any love lost for those guys trying to block him. But he holds no ill will toward the quarterbacks he takes down — 124 total sacks now in his career — and when he was asked about the chance to get to former teammate Matt Ryan this weekend, Abraham smiled.
“I promise you it’s not that serious,” he said. “I worry about the person in front of me. I worry about the tackles and I know the (Atlanta) tackles really good. Everyone says, ‘John, you hate quarterbacks?’ No. I love them. They are why I got paid. If I meet them, I’m having a good day, right? I just don’t like the guys in front of me: tight ends, tackles. They aggravate the hell out of me. Quarterbacks, they are fine.”
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