They call him LDT because his French-Canadian name barely fits on the back of his jersey. Or maybe because those are his initials.
Rookie offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif expected to play in the CFL, but now he has a chance to make an impact in the NFL.
I stopped him after camp Monday and we talked football, medical school and, of course, hockey.
Have you been working on anything specific?
LDT: As a guard you have less space to maneuver. I need to be able to punch inside and take smaller steps. I'm getting better at it and it's just a question of time before I'm going to be ready to play ball.
What goal do you have for this year? And where do you see yourself in three years?
LDT: Right now I want to make the team. After that a lot of things can happen. In three years, I would love to be a starter for the Chiefs. That would be my dream.
You are also a third-year med student. How have you been working through your fourth year?
LDT: They are going to give me four years to complete my last year of med school. So I am going to be able to do two or three months during the offseason back in Montreal in the hospital, and I'm going to be able to graduate in 2018 if everything goes well.
Let's talk hockey. It has to be tough not being around a team. Have you been able to talk hockey with any of the guys on the team?
LDT: Not that much, but when you're from Montreal, hockey is a big deal. Right now there is no more hockey so I can focus on football. And that's what I'm going to do for the next year.
How are your Montreal Canadiens looking this year?
LDT: They're going to do great. They've got a couple of guys with experience coming back this year and they were great in the playoffs. I think we're going to be fine.
Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby?
LDT: [laughter] Crosby for sure.
LDT: He's just more athletic. He's better with his hands. Of course he's been injured over the last couple of years but I think he is tremendously athletic and a good hockey player.
Are you having a fun time out here at camp?
LDT: Yeah, the guys are awesome. The vets are great. It's really competitive, but at the same time everybody is trying to win football games. I've gotten a lot of coaching and I can't wait for the first game.