One scout predicted that Te'o's leadership qualities would be neutralized because he's going to be a "target" in the locker room. Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said Te'o would be the butt of every joke for "at least two, three years" if he landed on the Texans. According to Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller, Te'o's teasing would be "light" and "fun," just as the other players who get razzed in the locker room.
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"I don't think there will be anything like hazing," McClain said. "The guy came in, and he's been working since he stepped on the field, stepped in the weight room. He's caught everybody's eye to see that he's a great player."
Like any rookie, Te'o is sure to be the object of his fair share of ribbing this summer. At this point, though, it's his play on the field that will determine whether he gains the veterans' respect. He's off to a good start in organized team activities.
"The sky's the limit for him," McClain added. "I'm looking forward to seeing him on Sundays."