SS Michael Boulware said he's determined to work harder after losing his starting job following a rough stretch. "I feel like I've let my team down in some ways," he said today. "I want to work harder and do what I can to help this team out now, and my role is definitely different, but I have to give 100 percent in some different areas."
Added Boulware: "Now it's a supportive role as far as defense goes, and now they are giving me an opportunity to make some plays on special teams. I'm taking that very seriously. That's my No. 1 job right now is to make a play on special teams. I'm excited about that opportunity, and hopefully I can get the job done there."
He said his surgically repaired knee has not impacted his play. "My knee has been feeling very good for me, and it's holding up," he said. "It's hats off to the trainers. I can't use that as an excuse."
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On losing his job: "Mostly I was a little disappointed and hurt, as anybody else would be. No one wants to lose their job, it's definitely hard, but I'm trying to be a man about it and trying to find the positive, and trying to help the team out in anyway I can. They pay me to help the team in whatever role that is. I don't make that decision on where it is. It's when they tell me to go in, I go in and do everything I can. ... I think I have to start all over. I have to figure out what I was doing wrong, what was getting me out of position. Start there, figure out what was wrong and from there piece-by-piece, step-by-step build it back up."