G Patrick Omameh
May 21, 2018
Q: What is the transition like playing from the left side to the right and is playing on the right side something you expect to stick to going forward?
A: You know, the transition is honestly because I have some background playing on the right side. Itís not completely starting from scratch. A few things that you need to get back that just comes with repetitions, but yeah, itís just a situation where the more you can do for the team, whatever Iím able to do, Iíll jump out there and do it.
Q: How is the communication and chemistry developing on the offensive line?
A: I think itís coming along great. Weíve got as group of guys who are eager to learn, eager to win most importantly. Putting in the work thatís necessary to learn everything that we need to do to learn the communication and develop that chemistry. So, when we go on the field, everything is crisp.
Q: How important is it to have tackle Ereck Flowers here?
A: I mean, itís huge. Like is said, the development of that chemistry is something that comes with familiarity, it comes with repetition. And being able to have the opportunity to work on that physically together in the same place, thereís no better way to do it. So, itís huge being able to do that.†
Q: The offensive one may consist of two guys on the right side that have spent the majority of their career on the left side. Have you not thought of that yet?
A: No, I mean, luckily weíre starting in May. So, get the repetitions in that we need and I donít foresee it being any type of issue moving forward.
Q: What kind of relationship do you have with Flowers? Do you feel comfortable helping him, or are you just trying to get comfortable yourself first?
A: I do feel comfortable helping him. I do have a few weeks under my belt. I gained some familiarity with this system and terminology, what to expect. Able to give him a couple pointers here and there and keep things running smooth when we get on the field.†
Q: Do you feel as though there is a lot of pressure on the offensive line to make immediate improvements?
A: Yeah, I mean, I feel like the expectations have been clear and theyíve been set. And to a man, everybody who is in that o-line room and everybody thatís going to be on that field playing offensive line, we understand what the job is and we feel that weíll be fully capable of getting that job done.
Q: Does it feel like a new start for you, not being the only newcomer on this offensive line?
A: Yeah, thereís a few guys who are experiencing things for the first time, the same way I am and if anything, itís just made it easier for guys to assimilate. Everybodyís on even footing and everybodyís helping everybody else out. So, I guess all the guys really feel like weíre all in this together. Thereís nobody whoís like an outsider trying to faze in. Everybodyís jumping in this head first together and trying to put the work in to get the product that we want on the field.
Q: When you come into a situation where there are so many new pieces, do you say to yourselves that there is an identity that you want to have, or do you let that develop organically?
A: I think itís a combination of both. We understand what the expectation is, we understand what we want to get done, we understand what we want it to look like. But at the same time, itís not necessarily something that you can force. It has to develop organically and that comes with time and familiarity and repetitions consistently. Just naturally, something that tends to build up amongst the group.
Q: What do you see in running back Saquon Barkley?
A: I mean, we picked Saquon where we picked him for a reason. Heís a guy that can play ball. Heís shown that at that college level and now heís going to get a chance to prove it at the pro level. Weíve got all the faith in the world in him. Very confident that he can get the job done and our team is going to be better for it.
Q: Do you expect Barkley to have a similar impact that Leonard Fournette had for Jacksonville as a rookie?
A: Absolutely. I mean, when it comes to offenses, football is a lot of parts that have to work together to have the success that you want, but Saquon is everything that you want in a back. It comes down to execution across the board and we feel we can get the results that weíre looking for.
Q: How much do you anticipate opposing defenses to stack the box because of Barkley?
A: I guess that really depends on what our threats really are as an offense. Defenses are going to do what they can to try to take away what we do best. And if thatís something that we are really hitting home with, is the running game, than we probably are going to have to anticipate a lot of stacked boxes, but I guess time will tell with that. Weíre going to see what weíve got moving forward.