QB Davis Webb
August 4, 2017
Q: Howís camp so far?
A: Until 9:30 at night, youíre in football mode. Thereís a ton of learning, thereís a ton of growing. Iím in quarterback school every day, so Iím really trying to perfect my technique, my craft, and my ability to understand this offense at an efficient and quick pace. So, Iíve gotten better every day. Thatís our teamís goal Ė to get one percent better every day and I feel like Iíve done that so far. I got a lot of reps today and the chance to do all the jog thru reps, two sets of those, so that was a lot of fun to just keep growing as a quarterback.
Q: Howís Eli Manningís play calling?
A: Itís good. He is good. It was kind of fun to hear him on the headset today. He did a good job.
Q: Is there anything youíd say is the biggest challenge for you?
A: Not really, itís just about getting better in every aspect. I feel like my footwork has tremendously improved from spring to now. I feel like Iím efficient, Iím moving quickly, I have correct mechanics in the drops and through my footwork and throwing the football. At the same time, I can still get better in the huddle, Iíve gotten better at that. We do a lot of no-huddle things too and I feel pretty comfortable doing those type of things. Itís just again, continue to grow and understand this offense. You know, thereís about ten installs, so you want to make sure that you just keep getting one percent better each and every day and I think Iíve done that.
Q: So you donít know what the plan is yet for the preseason, how ready are you to get into action if called upon?
A: Iím ready. I prepare that way, and those arenít my calls. Itís up to Coach McAdoo and my job is to be ready. I feel good and I feel comfortable in this offense to run some plays, and hopefully get a couple touchdowns in.
Q: Has he discussed any preseason playing time?
A: Not yet, weíre still on install. Weíre still installing, weíre getting ready for the season. Once Pittsburgh week comes up, which comes up pretty soon in a couple days, then weíll start talking about that. Weíll talk about game week. You know, preparation starts by Monday for us. So, weíll start talking about that next week, but right now thatís Coach McAdooís decision, youíll have to ask him. But I feel good, I feel ready, and itís my job to prepare.
Q: How do you view that 7-on-7 opportunity?
A: Opportunity 7-on-7 is a great chance for me to maximize my reps. I do a lot of mental reps throughout practice mostly. Right now weíve got four quarterbacks, everybodyís getting evaluated on everything we do. So, opportunity 7-on-7 is really just for me to get reps, steal some reps, and really take advantage of my footwork, things Iíve been learning throughout the day watching Eli go through his reps, Josh and Geno. Just kind of put it all together and get about seven or eight plays in. You try to get mental reps through the eyes of others, then itís your job to kind of get your reps through your eyes. So thatís kind of what I do, and opportunity 7-on-7 has been really helpful for me and I love that period.
Q: Do you ever see anything like it? Did you know it was coming?
A: No, I didnít know it was coming. I knew it was coming when I did it in the spring a little bit.
Q: They had a special opportunity period?
A: Yeah, we did it in the spring a little bit. Weíve been doing it so far in fall camp, and again, I feel like Iíve gotten better just about every play and every time we do opportunity 7-on-7. I think the last couple days I had a really good opportunity 7-on-7, a lot of completions and a couple touchdowns. The receivers are running good routes and weíre feeling more and more comfortable with the install. Weíre going through it again, itís kind of a repeat from the spring. So, I think weíre all playing a little faster. Travis Rudolph has played really well in opportunity 7-on-7, one of those guys. And Mark [Herzlich] Markís catching the football good.
Q: Have you improved your relationship with Evan Engram on the field?
A: Yeah, weíre back to being roommates again. Weíre roommates right now for training camp. We hung out just about every day this summer. We threw a bunch at Weehawken High school, and we saw some one-on-oneís. Every time I got to him, I feel we have a pretty good connection. I know where he wants to be. Weíve talked about it almost every day this summer, about routes and concepts and signals, so we feel good about it. Again, weíre just trying to get better every day. One percent better, I think Evanís done that. I think heís had a heck of a fall camp so far, and hopefully that leads up to a good preseason and off to the regular season because heís a great player.
Q: Whatís going through your head when youíre trying to get mental reps?
A: Thereís a lot of things. First of all, you just want to go through the progression of being a quarterback while youíre in that play. So, youíve got to see the play clock, youíve got to see the defense in front, the coverage, our offense personnel, make sure youíre in the right position and everybodyís in the right position, our scheme, thereís checks and adjustments. So, you just go through all of that. When the play snaps, you just play the game as if you were the quarterback. If we have a pass call, go through your reads, and is a check necessary? Maybe kind of go through it in your head, maybe say it out loud because youíre fifteen yards behind the huddle so you can kind of say a little bit out loud. Just kind of go through that process. My goal every day, I write down three things: finish all my throws, get every single mental rep possible, and number three, keep continuing to get better when it comes to footwork. When it comes to mid line footwork, you know, outside zone, inside zone, three, five, seven step drops. Those are three goals I really have every day and just continue to get better, one percent better, and thatís what I think Iíve done so far. Iím going to continue to get better, itís my first training camp, and I think Iíve done a good job. Iíve got a long way to go though.
Q: Is it hard to tell that Mark Herzlich isnít a traditional tight end?
A: Markís just a great athlete. Heís a great human being. Heís one of our leaders on our team. Heís one of the first people to introduce himself when I arrived here in East Rutherford. Markís done a great job having knowledge of both sides of the ball. He has a really good understanding of what tight ends do, as well as defense obviously.
Q: What does it mean to have him as a leader?
A: Itís the same thing with Eli in there. You just respect those guys because theyíve done it and theyíve been in your shoes, and theyíve done what we all want to strive to be. For me, Eli, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, Mark who played in the Super Bowl and had a great career at Boston College, great football player and well respected everywhere. I have no bad things to say about Mark, none of us do, heís a great person. Theyíre the kind of people we want to be around and itís really helpful to have him in the huddle because heís kind of a leader and kind of picks up the energy in the group.