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Jarryd Hayne discusses practicing at altitude, Tom Rathman, Peyton Manning

The San Francisco 49ers preseason star met with the media in Denver earlier this week. He talked about the benefits of practicing at altitude, getting to watch Peyton Manning, and the difficulty of keeping up with fast-talker Tom Rathman. Here's a transcript. You can also listen to audio here, and view video here.

On how practice in Denver went:

It was good. Obviously the altitude is one thing, going against a different defense. That worked in a different kind of mindset from yesterday to today. Some of our routes they were trying to jump them, try to change up the way they defended them. For us, it's good for us to be able to tweak us as well. And make sure we're getting those releases.

Highest previous altitude:

I'm not too sure. I played in Papa New Guinea once, that was pretty hot. Obviously you've heard the stories about how hard it's going to be, but I think it's a good opportunity for us to come here, and obviously from a fitness point of view as well. The four or five days that we're here, it's going to be good for us.

On adapting to the altitude already:

Yea, I think so. Especially with flying as well, having that first day. And I think today there was a little bit of difference, but still getting used to the altitude. We're excited to be here, and get our fitness up.

On trying to not let the big story be a big deal:

I just keep being me. I'm not writing articles, it's everybody else. I know what I'm doing here, I know why I'm here, so I think for me, it's always been the main focus, and always will be.

On understanding why it's so big:

I don't think about that. It's not my concern, it's not my job. My job's here to learn football and to get myself up to speed as fast and as accurate as I can.

On when he felt adjusted:

Hasn't happened yet. Still learning. It's still fresh. I've been training for about three or four months now, and it's still fresh. Learning everyday. I'm gonna make mistakes, and learn from my mistakes as well. I think to be comfortable you have to be doing it for a long, long time. Like I said, I've only been doing it for about four months.

On what he wants to accomplish Saturday:

It's like every game. Go out there and do my job. Obviously, special teams, listen to the schemes, know where I gotta be. As a running back, know what to do, know my protections and my routes.

On potential trend of more foreign-born players:

That's not my concern. I'm not even worried about that. I'm just worried about football and the rest will work out for itself.

On if he's discussed it with Okoye:

Nah, nah, we're in the middle of training camp. We're too busy to messing about those things. It's the third week in, and we're pretty much over the mountain, so just looking forward to the game, and worry about whatever may come.

On how he sees himself fitting (special teams, RB, etc):

I haven't thought about that. Like I said, I keep saying I'm just worried about learning football and doing the best that I can with the job at hand.

On if Broncos have said anything to him:

Yea [laugh]. When I had that run, and I think it was the safety, put a little bit extra in and he told me to get low, "get low 38." So that's good advice from the boys so I appreciate that.

On learning to get low:

Yea, like I said, it's still new to me, so I'm learning every day, and gotta get better at it. I still definitely gotta get lower, and that's just part of the transition. I know myself, when I run high and having to work on that technique, and getting low, being 6'2 is a disadvantage for me, being a taller running back.

On any concern it's too much to learn:

[Laugh]. Probably the first two weeks. I was like, what's going on? Everything was pretty much in one ear, out the other. There was so much going on, and I think anyone that's been coached by Tom Rathman, you know he does speak pretty fast, and he's very passionate about what he does. It took a bit of adjusting to understand him and get the concepts. But it's like anything, I just hung in there, and my faith has been at the center of all this. There's no way I was leaving. I was always going to fight those battles, and I did. There's been better days.

On the 49ers off-field issues, if it has opened his eyes:

No, like I said, I'm here to learn football and focus on that. I think I've got a lot on my plate to be worrying about anything else.

On if Peyton Manning is a big deal in Australia:

Well for me, in my book, definitely. It's been great just being in his presence. I think he'll go down as one of the greatest of all time, and I caught one of his passes, I watched it, sorry, and just the finesse on it was unbelievable. The way he can read a defense and, our defense as well has been working hard, to come up with different looks to put him off. I think it's great when you got a great defense vs. a great offense, and one of the best of all time running it.