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Wednesday Media Transcript: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/23/2017 4:13 pm
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

August 23, 2017

Q: Back in Cleveland you were getting some safety work, what was that like for you?

A: It was different, but you can see that field much better. It just comes with a lot of responsibility back there.

Q: Do you see this as something that will continue on into the season?

A: No, it was probably just a one-time thing. Weíre just getting looks everywhere, seeing what kind of packages we could use, but I definitely donít think Iíd be back there like that.

Q: Have you had to work at safety before in your career?

A: No, first time.

Q: Is that something that could extend years onto your career?

A: Easily, but Iím not even thinking about that. Not yet.

Q: Being able to watch the quarterback from that spot, can you see how it might be easier to get interceptions?

A: Easy. Especially if you get some of the younger quarterbacks that like to stare down their target a little bit. Seeing it from back there, you can put that foot in the ground and go get it. Also, I know youíve got to be disciplined back there, you donít just abandon the middle field, so that would be kind of tough.

Q: Do you go into Saturday with a certain mindset in terms of what you need to get out of this game?

A: Yes, I think your third game is your most important game. Itís the closest thing youíre going to get to a real game, youíre going to play a lot. I just think the workload is heavy in the third game. So, you go out there, and every preseason game matters, but I think the third game matters the most because the fourth game youíre probably resting a little bit, so you want to go out there and really get it.

Q: Whatís the mood of this team today with WR Odell Beckham Jr. and WR Brandon Marshall on the sideline?

A: You kind of donít want to think about that. Youíve got Odell and Marshall thatís out, you know, thatís definitely a big part of our offense, but you donít want to put your mind on that. As long as you see the guys walking around the locker room like thereís not a problem, youíre happy about that. Now if he was someone just lying on the table or something, thatís different.

Q: You see Odell walking around?

A: Yes.

Q: S Landon Collins wasnít happy after the game about the hit.

A: No. I had to calm him down a little bit on the sideline, but thatís the kind of player he is. Heís a team guy like that, he thought it was a cheap hit and heís going to let you know about it.

Q: What did you think?

A: I mean, itís a football play. He definitely could have avoided that. It looked like he was going for it on purpose, but I try not to get into that. No, Iím not going to get into that. Iíve got attitude like Landon a little bit, so Iíll leave that where itís at.

Q: Youíre a guy that takes pride in covering people, what do you think of the way DE Olivier Vernon covers people?

A: Man, that was nice. I was at the safety at that, I saw the quarterback scrambling a little bit, seeing the guy coming from the other side of the field, then somebody running with him and knocked it down. I definitely didnít think it was OV, then I see everybody slapping his hand on the sideline, I was lost. Then I looked back on film and I was like thatís nice. You wouldnít expect an end to do that.

Q: Youíd think when a quarterback looks up and sees 54 (DE Olivier Vernon), 260 lbs running at him, youíve got him?

A: Definitely.

Q: Is that surprising that he could do that athletically?

A: No. Itís surprising the effort he put into it, but you know, thatís just how he is. He doesnít say much, he just goes out and plays ball.

Q: Are you going to try to get him some snaps in the slot?

A: No, leave him where heís at. Let him rush that pass.

Q: Heíll take care of the back stuff?

A: Yes sir. Weíve got that back, though.
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