S Brandon Meriweather
August 17, 2015
Q: So what made the Giants the right fit for you?
A: The organization. Plus, I know a lot of people that were already on the team. Everything I ever heard about the organization has been positive, so I wanted to see what it was like.
Q: Was Jon Beason a lot of influence on that?
A: Yes, yes. Beason is a very outspoken guy, and he pretty much says whatís on his mind, and he tells you the truth. Me knowing that he was here was part of the fit that I wanted to see.
Q: He said that you could make an immediate impact. Do you feel like you will come in here and do that?
A: I think every player can make an immediate impact. What your impact is, is depending on you, and depending on the coaching staff and what they expect from you.
Q: How much have you been doing? Guys have been in training camp, so what have you been doing this offseason?
A: Working out. Doing basically the same thing theyíve been doing, just not with the pads and the coaches going over details.
Q: Did you get antsy waiting for a call, and how much interest have you had?
A: I had a little bit of interest. I had a couple teams call early, but my agent and I thought it wasnít a good fit, so--.
Q: How do you think you fit with this defensive system?
A: I donít know yet, I donít know yet. Iím physical. The great defenses of the Giants have always been physical, so Iím thinking it may be a great fit.
Q: That physicality has gotten you fined a couple times here and there.
A: How did I know that was coming up? Can we get them out the way now? Go ahead, so we can leave them alone for the rest of the year.
Q: Do you need to adjust to the way the game is played or do you need to tone it back?
A: I think every player you ever asked will say, you play your game the way you play your game. Do you play within the rules? Yes. When they make new rules, do you have to adjust a little bit? Yes. So Iím going to play my game the way I play my game, but Iím also going to respect the rules.
Q: Coach mentioned that you had a toe issue. Is that behind you now, or do you have to do anything special as far as maintenance, orthotics or anything like that?
A: Iím older in the game now. Itís all a part of taking care of your body, just like anything else. Youíre going to have to take care of it, and thatís what it is. Iím just going to take care of my body and continue to do the things Iíve been doing.
Q: Aside from just having hard hitting defenses of the Giants of past, what makes this system perfect for you?
A: The coaches. The coaches, so far, theyíve been very hands-on. Theyíve been helping me with everything. The players have been very helpful. Iím just thinking a good chemistry and all will be a great thing for the defense.
Q: Thereís not a lot of experience in the secondary. How much do you think your experience will make a difference?
A: Weíll see. I canít answer that question until we actually get in there together and we actually play a game together.
Q: How quickly can you get up to speed on this defense?
A: Weíll see. Thatís something thatís soon to be told.
Q: Were you surprised you jumped in there pretty quick yesterday?
A: I was surprised.
Q: You guys are playing the Jets in a couple weeks. Did you ever have contact with Brandon Marshall in the wake of those comments with the back and forth between you guys a while back?
A: Listen man, thatís in the past. Iím not one of those guys to hold grudges, I let things go. Thatís in the past. He might be holding that grudge, I donít know, I havenít spoken to him. But no, Iím not. I forgot about that a long time ago.
Q: Jon Beason mentioned that since youíve been in the game so long, this stuff will come back to you but the language is probably the biggest barrier for you. What do you plan to do to expedite it? Is it a matter of studying or is there something else you can do to expedite it?
A: No, itís just like being a DB. You have to forget everything that you did, and learn it all over again. When it comes to verbiage and terminology, you just pretty much forget everything that you were taught and learn whatever the new teamís verbiage is.
Q: How much have you seen of Landon Collins?
A: I donít know, I havenít seen much. Heís a big guy, though. When I saw him from film and watching him in college, I didnít think he was that big, but heís a big guy.
Q: From what youíve seen on film, do you think your game blends with his?
A: You tell me. What do you think?
Q: Do you feel that youíre coming here with a chip on your shoulder and have something to prove?
A: I feel like Iím coming to be a New York Giant. I feel like Iím coming to be an addition to the team. I feel like Iím coming to play football, and Iím coming to help us win.
Now I'm rooting for the guy :)
He sounds like he's learned from the past and knows this is a great opportunity for a FA DB on the backside of his career. But more important is, here's a player that fills a need who has literally played on a Pro Bowl level. We could have done worse.