Offensive Lineman D.J. Fluker
October 19, 2017
Q: How confident is the offensive line in their ability to run block?
A: Oh, we’re very confident. It may be tough right now sometimes, but other than that, I think we’re a very confident team in running the ball. We’re going to bring it to you, I know that. So, don’t expect us to just go sitting down and throw. We’re going to bring it to you. Just so you know.
Q: What has the difference been recently with the running game’s success?
A: I guess we really don’t have a choice but to run the ball. But we’ve done a great job with just maintaining – I mean, we have guys that we can pass the ball to, but we want to focus on the run, get that done. And when we have to pass it, we’re going to pass it, but we don’t want the guys to be like, ‘Oh, we’re the New York Giants, we’re just going to pass the ball.’ We don’t want to be that team, we want to be the guy on the team that’s going, ‘We’re going to bring it to you, first two plays, the third down happens, but we’re going to bring it to you because we’re going to wear you down.’ That’s our goal.
Q: How much confidence did last week’s win give the team?
A: Shoot, the mindset for us was going in to be 1-0. It starts at the beginning of the week, you have to win every day as a New York Giant. Every day we come in, we have to win today. Not tomorrow, but today. You can’t do anything else today. But today is all that matters. All the game plan that we put in today, that matters, that carries on each and every day. So, after that happens, we’re like, ‘Okay, cool.’ Everything we’re seeing in the game, we’re seeing at practice. It’s like, ‘We got this. We can go bring it to them.’ And that’s what we did, that’s how we beat Denver. They have a great run defense, but we just played harder. No disrespect to them, they’re great pass rushers, but coming to run, we had to bring it to them.
Q: Do you feel like you’ve hit your stride?
A: I haven’t arrived yet, so I can’t say that. But I am still learning, still grasping it. I have my time to turn, but it’s about being more consistent. I think I was doing a great job with that. It’s hard. In the NFL, everybody’s good, but you have to be better.