RB Jonathan Stewart
May 21, 2018
Q: So far, how are the Giants different than your time in Carolina?
A: Itís not too much different. The scheme is relatively the same, with [Offensive Coordinator Mike] Shula being here and Coach Shurm [Head Coach Pat Shurmur]. Everythingís been relatively the same. Iím going into my 11th year, Iím feeling good and [Running Backs] Coach Craig [Johnson] has been doing well with the snap counts for everybody and getting a lot of good work in. So, itís been a good offseason so far.
Q: Will you talk to running back Saquon Barkley about your longevity in this league?
A: Iíll share a little bit of my wisdom with all of the guys that have questions. The main thing is just take care of your body. I canít say it enough.
Q: Are you comfortable in the role of giving advice, as opposed to being on the receiving end of it?
A: Yeah, I think at some point, whether youíre a rookie, whether youíre an 11-year guy, thereís always time to learn, thereís always time to share advice and wisdom thatís gained through experience. Thereís younger guys that might experience things different than I have, so thereís always room for me to learn, too.
Q: Can you see what the Giants saw in Barkley when they drafted him?
A: Yeah, definitely. Heís a smart football player, he picks things up very fast. Heís explosive and heís really good in his route running. Actually, we talked about it today, thatís one of the things that heís really focused on, is his ability to run routes. And you can see that today, for sure.
Q: When you signed with the Giants, did you realize that they could pick a running back in the first round of the NFL Draft?
A: Yeah, absolutely.
Q: What was your reaction when the Giants did draft a running back?
A: Itís a good pick [laughs].
Q: What is your outlook for yourself for this season?
A: No different than any other season. I know they drafted Saquon in the first round, so you know heís got a lot of expectations and stuff like that. But as far as my preparation for this game, itís never going to change. Itís always prepare to be the starter because you never know when your nameís going to get called. Itís a team game. Itís a longer season and this team has a lot of talent, a lot of young guys that have a chance to be great, and thatís one of the things that I saw on this roster before signing here. I havenít won a Super Bowl yet, and thatís what I want to do.
Q: What is the one thing you would tell Barkley and the other young players, as far as being patient and letting it come to them?
A: Respect the process. When it comes to learning the offense, just give yourself some time and be dedicated to it. You only get what you put in. But the main thing is, respect the process and control what you can control.
Q: Do you feel like you can win a Super Bowl here?
A: Absolutely. Theyíve got Super Bowls already under this organization and the culture of winning, the expectation of winning, you can sense it in here and itís a good feeling. I think [General Manager Dave] Gettleman has been doing a good job this offseason to get guys in certain places and areas to make this locker room where it needs to be.†
Q: Is splitting carries something where you say, Ďthatís where my role isí?
A: Oh, for sure. Split time, whatever the game plan is for a week going into a game, youíve got to be prepared for it.
Q: Where would you say you are relative to your actual age and your actual wear and tear?
A: I mean, my age says Iím 31,but really, I feel Iím as productive as if Iím 26, 25. And thatís just as realistic as it gets.