SANTA CLARA — Aaron Lynch was interviewed next to the practice Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript.
Q: How do you think you did in the practices in Maryland?
LYNCH: I felt good out there.
Q: You seem to be a lot closer to your Notre-Dame form than your South-Florida form. Are you similar weight-wise and do you feel like you felt back in your Notre Dame days?
LYNCH: I feel like I’ve gained some weight since I got here. I’ve gained like 25 pounds more than what I was at USF. I’m about six pounds more than what I was at Notre Dame.
Q: Where do you think you are as far as being an NFL player going up against another NFL player?
LYNCH: I’ve still got a lot to learn. I think I’m on the right track — taking the coaching, watching the vets. But I still have a lot to grow. I’m still young. I’m still new to the game.
Q: People were asking a lot of questions about you when you came here. How do you think you’ve fulfilled your duties as a football player since you’ve been here?
LYNCH: I don’t know. I guess I just came here not really trying to answer people’s questions but more of just doing what the coaches are telling me to do and fit the scheme I’m supposed to fit. I didn’t play outside linebacker in college but now I’m playing outside linebacker. I’m really just focused on learning how to play outside linebacker — dropping into coverage at 270 pounds. Really just learning and taking everything in.
Q: Is that where you’re at right now? 270?
LYNCH: I think 276.
Q: And where were you last season?
Q: Do you feel just as quick, just as explosive?
LYNCH: Yeah, the same.
Q: We see you next to Aldon Smith quite a bit in practice. Is he a good role model for you in terms of your similar physiques? Can you learn pass rush moves from him?
LYNCH: Yeah, Aldon is a phenomenal athlete. He’s one of the best to touch the field, so being able to see how he practices — he practices how he plays in the game. Just try to mimic him, mimic how Ahmad practices and things like that.
Q: What has Aldon told you about the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker?
LYNCH: I talked more with the coaches about that because the guys are outside linebackers now. They really don’t think about when they used to play defensive end. It’s a big transition, but it’s not that big of a transition. It’s not like we’re not athletes. Whatever you want us to do, we can do it.
Q: When you were practicing with Ravens you were getting into it with those guys. Do you have a mean streak in you when you’re on the field?
LYNCH: I’m just a dog on the field. That’s how I play. I think in order to be successful in this game you’ve got to have some type of dog in you. That’s just who I am.
Q: Were they doing anything to get under your skin?
LYNCH: No, that’s just the type of person I am.
Q: Were you like that as a kid?
LYNCH: Pretty much. I’m a nice person, very well-mannered, but when it comes to the football field it’s just a little different.
Q: How did you put on 30 pounds this offseason?
LYNCH: The weight lifting, everything just falls into place. And we have these amazing chefs here that make whatever you want. Like Coach Harbaugh says, if you want two steaks, three steaks, take them home with you. I guess that’s how I kind of gained a lot of weight, eating nice steaks and thick salads and things like that.
Q: What was your top weight at Notre Dame?