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Friday Media Transcript: G Will Hernandez

Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/11/2018 2:42 pm
G Will Hernandez
May 11, 2018

Q: Has this experience hit you yet? Or do you have to get on the field for this whole experience to hit you?
A: It definitely hit me as soon as I landed in New York. Right away the city took me by surprise and how cool it is around here, how nice everybody is. As soon as I got into the actual facilities and I got people telling me where to go and what to do and itís like, ĎAlright Iím back. Itís football time again.í Iím definitely excited.

Q: Coach talked about right from the beginning, please and thank youís, push your chair in and stuff like that. What does that say about the atmosphere around here?
A: It just speaks so much about the program. When you have attention to detail, a lot of things are going to go really, really smooth and I like how there is attention to detail and they like us all doing the same thing and everybody doing things right. I think thatís part of the structure that you need to win games and Iím all about it. I love it.

Q: Do you have an preference between left guard or right guard?
A: No preference. Iíll play wherever the coaches want me to play. Iím here to help out the team in any way. If they want to put me at kicker, Iíll kick the ball Ė I did play soccer a little bit so I can help there (laughs). But no, wherever the coaches want me, thatís where Iíll be.

Q: Have you had the opportunity to meet any of your teammates yet and if so have they given you any advice on what to expect?
A: I havenít met any actual vets yet, but all the rookies that are here, yeah Iíve gotten to know a few guys. Some of them I already knew from the Senior Bowl and even the Combine, but yeah we clicked here right away. I feel really comfortable already and this is my first day. A lot of the guys here are on the same page with the same goals and the same mindset as me, so it makes it real easy to get along and weíre having fun with it already.

Q: Have you heard about Chris Snee or do you know anything about him?
A: Iíve definitely heard about him. Iím trying as much as I can to fill any kind of shoes that Iím expected to. I know that I have a lot of expectations here and I want to fulfill it to 100 percent and the best that I can do.

Q: What can you show the coaches in terms of not actually hitting?
A: The first thing is that youíre adaptable. Youíre adaptable to going from what you know and what youíve been taught for the past five years, four years and being able to transition. Even though itís still the sport of football, there is still a lot of details that you need to be able to adjust to and the style of coaching that the coaches do here and the way they want you to do things. I think thatís most important and then after that I think itís just showing the same person you were for the reason of why they brought you down here. Show that youíre still that guy that gives all out effort, that wants to play, that has passion for the sport and show them that and improve day-by-day too, which shows your coachability.

Q: Iím sure youíve met Saquon already. Is that the first time that you met him?
A: No, the first time I met him was at the Combine actually and I saw him again here. We recognized each other right away and he has already reached out to me before I even landed in New York, so that was pretty cool.

Q: Do you kind of walk in front of him all the time?
A: Yeah you see I just try to tell him to follow me wherever I go. Iíll wait for him to get his food and then heíll walk behind me. Yeah, Iím trying to get used to it.

Q: So if I try to go talk to Saquon alone.
A: He would have to talk to you behind me. Yeah, just walk across.

Q: You have a reputation for playing with and edge on the field. Do you consider yourself a nasty guard?
A: Yeah of course. I think every player should be referred to as that. If youíre a football player you should be referred to a nasty, on the edge player. I think thatís how everyone should play. I think thatís the reason why this sport is so popular and yeah, I definitely consider myself that and I think that everybody should be exactly that.

Q: Is that hard when they tell you that the please and thank youís have to come right away and then get on the field and beat up some other guy?
A: No itís not hard at all. Itís kind of a split personality deal. I donít purposely try and change, but just as soon as that helmet comes on itís just a completely different mindset. I can say please and thank you on the field too, maybe after Iíve done my job, but there is definitely a difference there.

Q: What was it like putting that helmet on? You got to try it on yesterday.
A: Yeah, I got to try it on yesterday. Well first I started looking at it for a little while because it was the first NFL helmet that I every held in my hand, so that was pretty cool. As soon as it came off, same thing. Nothing has changed Ė come out here and play with the same intensity that I always did.

Q: The view from the inside is the same I think?
A: Yeah same thing. I think the facemask color was different from UTEP, but the same thing.

Have you heard about Chris Snee??  
Jimmy Googs : 5/11/2018 3:25 pm : link
Boy, have we sucked on the O-line for a while if a question like that comes up...
RE: Have you heard about Chris Snee??  
Gatorade Dunk : 5/11/2018 4:00 pm : link
In comment 13961256 Jimmy Googs said:
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Boy, have we sucked on the O-line for a while if a question like that comes up...

In fairness, they're both guards who were picked #34 overall. So there could be that angle too.
I want to see Will  
Diver_Down : 5/11/2018 4:04 pm : link
kick the ball once. Before practice or after - Just want to see the bull line up and kick the shit out of the ball.
"Chris Snee?"  
Pete in MD : 5/11/2018 4:27 pm : link
"Are you talking about that skinny gut who scouts for the Jaguars?"
I had forgotten that Snee was also the 2nd pick in the 2nd round in  
Ira : 5/11/2018 4:30 pm : link
2004. Interesting coincidence. Two big tough ol picked after the Giants drafted a star player at a skill position. Also two very fine young men - good team players.
RE: RE: Have you heard about Chris Snee??  
Jimmy Googs : 5/11/2018 4:41 pm : link
In comment 13961295 Gatorade Dunk said:
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In comment 13961256 Jimmy Googs said:


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Boy, have we sucked on the O-line for a while if a question like that comes up...


In fairness, they're both guards who were picked #34 overall. So there could be that angle too.


Agree, although that angle is far a bit obtuse...or is it acute?
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FStubbs : 5/11/2018 5:32 pm : link
In comment 13961317 Pete in MD said:
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"Are you talking about that skinny gut who scouts for the Jaguars?"


What happened to the rest of him?
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montanagiant : 5/12/2018 12:46 am : link
In comment 13961317 Pete in MD said:
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"Are you talking about that skinny gut who scouts for the Jaguars?"

He should be given immense kudos for being able to transition to normal life after years of bulking up...Amazing
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