CB Eli Apple
August 14, 2016
Q: How do you feel physically?
A: I feel good. I feel good.
Q: How are you adapting to the speed and routine of the NFL?
A: I think I am doing well with it. It is just a matter of getting the reps and just getting experience. I was talking to the vets and watching film with them. We watched a lot of film on the last game, of course. We just watched it really closely and we are definitely going to fix a lot of things, for sure.
Q: Has Jonathan Hankins been a mentor to you?
A: Yeah, he is kind of like a big brother. He is a guy who likes to keep things light, so he is going to joke around with me and keep me humble, kind of just always remind me where I came from.
Q: What have they told you about your knee?
A: That it is fine. It is going to be fine and it is a matter of just taking it day by day.
Q: When you left the stadium on Friday, did you know you were going to be taking tests?
A: It was just part of the process that you go through.
Q: Was it concerning at all to have to sit there and go through all those tests?
A: I didnít think it was.
Q: Was it because of swelling that you had?
A: No, I am fine. It was just an uncomfortable feeling. I just wanted to make sure to do what you have to do to get back to 100 percent.
Q: Do you think you will be back on the field practicing this week?
A: We will see. We just have to take it day by day right now.
Q: What have you learned from Leon Hall so far?
A: He is just really helping me with my note taking. He is very good with that and he just helps you with little things, the details of the game so far, so I am just trying to lean on him as much as possible.
Q: It is the first time that you have had to watch the team practice. You have been full go all year. Is it weird to watch practice from the side?
A: It was a little strange because you have been out there a lot and you want to be out there, of course, and it is just a lot different having to watch. It is not something you want to be doing too many times.
Q: How do you go about keeping your progress going forward?
A: Just staying with the trainers. Being patient with them and doing everything that they are telling you to do and when it is time, ease your way back into it, but at the same time you have to make sure you are ready.
Q: I meant in terms of learning.
A: Well, you have to take mental reps and you still have to watch on the sidelines, be close to the coaches, call out some of the plays and do stuff like that.
Q: Were you doing that today?
Q: Do you feel any pressure right now?
A: No. No pressure at all.
Q: Sterling said that people shouldnít freak out about you and him getting a little dinged up. Was it weird that fans were more concerned with how you are feeling than you are?
A: I guess so. I donít try to focus on stuff like that. I know how I feel and I know I will be able to get out there soon, so I am not really worried about it.
Q: Is part of you anxious to get out there as soon as possible?
A: Of course.
Q: I know you have been focusing a lot on technique. Is this one of those situations where you want to get back to 100 percent physically, but you also donít want to get back into those bad habits that you have been working on breaking?
A: Yeah, that is why I am watching very closely to everything and trying to make sure I am not losing any mental reps. I am just keeping an eye on everything.
Q: After watching the film, how do you think you played on Friday night?
A: It was up and down. There were a lot of areas that I can fix some things and just making sure that I notice some things a little faster instead of reacting late. It just comes down to learning from it, watching film and making the necessary adjustments.