QB Davis Webb
May 12, 2017
Q: How did your first practice go for you?
A: Yeah, it was a lot of fun. We got the playbook last night and Evan [Engram] is my roommate out here, so we were kind of just getting after it last night, making flashcards and quizzing each other. So it is the first day and everybodyís heads are kind of spinning and, as the quarterback, you have to be able to calm everybody down to tell them the right play and right protection and right footwork and just complete the pass and execute it, so I think I did a decent job. But it is the first day, I am going to get better and I was really just fortunate to be around Coach McAdoo, Coach Sullivan and Coach Cignetti and learn from those guys.
Q: Whose idea was it to do the flashcards?
A: That is what I have always done. I have been at two different high schools and two different colleges, so I have learned some new playbooks and that has always helped me.
Q: How important is it for you rooming with Evan and developing chemistry?
A: Yeah, it is funny because Evan was my favorite player at the Senior Bowl and I told him that there and a couple months later we are on the same team, so that is really cool. Evan is a great player, he works his butt off, he did a great job today with his assignments and he was coached very well. We have a good relationship off the field and hopefully that translates to a good relationship on the field.
Q: Have you talked with Evan a lot through this process?
A: Yeah, we have texted throughout the process. He was one of my favorite players that I watched at Ole Miss over the years, watching different teams on film, and I am glad he is a Giant.
Q: How did you do with your assignments today?
A: I think I did a good job. It is the first day and I have a long way to go, but I think I have a good foundation to teach off of, and I will continue to get better because this is important to me and I will work my butt off to get there.
Q: How did you like the wind?
A: It is normal to me. That is how it is in Lubbock, Texas and you have to spin right through.
Q: What was it about Engramís game that you liked so much at the Senior Bowl?
A: To me, I thought he was the best tight end there. He was very physical. A lot of people knocked on him because they didnít block as much at Ole Miss, but you can split him out and he was one of the fastest guys in the draft overall. He is a competitor, he works hard, you can tell - he dived into the playbook at the Senior Bowl, learned it very quickly there and he has done that last night. Hopefully we continue to get better, but it is only the first day.
Q: What was the correspondence like between you two?
A: Yeah, when he got drafted in the 1st round I was pumped for him. I was about to text him, but I was kind of waiting to see what team I went to and it ended up being the same team. So we immediately texted each other and talked about when we get up here, and when we are going to get our playbooks and stuff like that. We have a good relationship so far and it translated into a good first practice.
Q: Is that your choice that you guys are rooming together?
A: No, it just kind of happened that way.
Q: What was it like meeting your coach today? You probably havenít done that until this week.
A: Exactly. I met Mr. Reese and Coach McAdoo yesterday right when I got in and Coach Sullivan and Coach Cignetti. It is just a great room, great people, very detail-oriented and Iíll get better. It is the first day and I have a lot of room for improvement, but I am going to work very hard to get as good as I can be.
Q: Is it strange to finally come in and meet these guys?
A: Yeah, I am just excited to be here in this area and be around new teammates. Try to be a great team first, and work really hard at my craft because I have a ways to go because of coming from a different system, but I am going to get there because I am going to work very hard at it.
Q: What did you do the last two weeks?
A: I worked out on my own and was at my dadís high school and had guys running west coast type routes because I didnít know the verbiage we were going to run there. But just watching stuff on YouTube and trying to find different ways to get better. I had Jim Zorn, I went out to Seattle and kind of meshed my craft when it comes to west coast offenses and defensive fronts and schemes.
Q: Is the west coast system the biggest thing you took from Jim Zorn?
A: I would say so. There were a lot of things that I took from him Ė just how detail-oriented the NFL is and how much work and time and effort you have to put into this position, so I am going to do that and we will see what happens.
Q: So you went down to Seattle after the draft?
A: Yes, I was down there for four or five days.
Q: How different is the timing based offense?
A: Yeah, it is just different rhythm. You are in progression reads, or there are so many different types of reads we have here, about four or five that are simulated from a starting point to an ending point and they can vary, so it all ties into your feet. That is something that I have to work on because I havenít taken many five or seven step drops in my college career, but that is every quarterback coming in from a spread system. We are all in the same foundation, but I am here now, I am New York Giant and now I have to get better and get up to speed with the rest of the guys because the rest of the quarterback room is really good.
Q: What was your first impression when you saw the playbook?
A: Letís get after it. I want to make it like my baby. I want to make sure that this is my thing, I want to treat this right and I want this to be my only part of life that I am focusing on, and really dive in and get focused with it and learn it like it is the back of my hand, because that is the most important thing for a quarterback.
Q: Were the concepts what you were expecting?
A: There are some different verbiages obviously. Every system has their own system, but I think I have a relatively good foundation working with Coach Zorn and I am just looking forward to being around great coaches and obviously a great quarterback.
Q: Have you talked to Eli since he called you?
A: I sent him a couple texts just asking him some offensive stuff and what they like to do and what they do in certain situations. But he has been responsive and it has been a good relationship. I havenít said Ďsirí.
Q: What are you looking to get out of that relationship?
A: I am just going to be myself and obviously he is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game, so I want to be a sponge around him. I donít want to nag him and be that little rookie, but at the same time, if I have a question that can be asked, I am going to ask it. Whenever he is just doing stuff, taking 7-on-7, taking mental notes and trying to put his game to mind and try to get better.
Q: Have you talked to Jerry Reese or Ben [McAdoo] about your role?
A: Yeah, I just have to be a great teammate first. It is the first day and I donít know the offense yet, so I have a long way to go. Right now I just have to be a great teammate and learn the playbook as fast as you can, as efficiently as you can and we will go from here.
Q: Do you see yourself as the heir apparent or do you see yourself as the rookie that is just starting?
A: That is not my job. I donít pick who has playing time or anything like that. It is just my job to be the best player I can be and let the coaches handle that. I am just worrying about being a good quarterback first and being a great teammate.
Q: Did going to Cal and acclimating and getting the captaincy so quickly, help you in getting in right away and establishing yourself?
A: Yeah, I moved around. My dad is a coach, so we moved around a little bit growing up. I went to Texas Tech and was a captain there and then moved up to Cal and after eight weeks I was voted a captain there, so I like that. You are around new friends, new teammates and a new system and you have to get after it and you kind of have to be all gas and no breaks because it is coming and that is the kind of situation I am in right now. I just got the playbook last night and I have a long way to go to master that and try to be the best quarterback I can be for the Giants.