Editor's note: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, selected in the first round of this year's NFL draft by the New York Jets, will chronicle his rookie experiences in a weekly diary for ESPN.com starting during training camp and running through the regular season.
I thought I played pretty well in the game. The nickel package started the game and I was actually surprised that the nickel was out there for so long.
It was really fun to play against a team with guys like Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James and Reggie Wayne. I've been watching those guys on TV for the last four years and now I'm on the field playing against them.
I got to say hello to Manning and James after the game. I knew James (and Wayne) from Miami. He comes back to school a couple of times a year, but it was different being on the field and playing against him.
Manning does some amazing things on the field. With all the checks that he makes at the line you just have to worry about what you're doing on defense and not worry too much about him. If you execute the way you're supposed to, you'll be fine. After the game he congratulated me on making it this far and getting into the league.
I think the defense is really starting to click. We're learning a new system and I think we're just starting to see glimpses of how good we can be. As the weeks go along you just want to keep improving and not take any steps back.
Personally, the biggest thing at this point for me is just continuing to take it all in and trying to understand everything. At practice you're constantly working on your technique and trying to improve in that area, but the most important thing is just getting used to the NFL and understanding what we're trying to do.
Well, this week is the last week of training camp and we're just going to get at it and get ready for the Giants this weekend (Friday, 8 p.m. ET). I treat all these preseason games like real games, but you still know that they don't count in the standings, so I'm definitely looking forward to the regular season starting (the Jets open at home against the Bengals).