Chicago Bears right tackle Jordan Mills, like many other players on the team, struggled through the 2014 season. A surgically repaired left foot was partially to blame for Mills' poor performance.
Now heading into the 2015 season and focusing on improvement, Mills is blocking out anything that's said by anyone other than one of his coaches.
"I don't care about what people have to say," Mills said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. "All I worry about is what my coaches say. … If it didn't come from a coach and it's written -- and a coach didn't say it -- it's nothing to me. I'm not paying attention to it."
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Mills has learned from some of the mistakes he made last season. He's also using them as motivation moving forward.
"[Last season] bothered me a lot," said Mills, per the Sun-Tribune. "I didn't know how to approach it the right way and take time off. I was always doing something and pounding on [my foot] and everything like that instead of taking time and easing back into it. Right now, I'm more patient. I've learned from that.
"I'm a stubborn guy. Even when I'm supposed to be taking it easy, I'm always going hard. That's something I had to learn."
Mills, 24, is a former fifth-round pick and may still have a bright future ahead of him, if he can overcome last year's disappointing season. He claims to be "100 percent" healthy now, according to the Sun-Tribune.
(h/t Chicago Sun-Times)
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