Quarterback Davis Webb
August 7, 2018
Q: What are you hoping to show on Thursday night?
A: I think the biggest thing is just translating what Iím doing on the practice field to the games. Take what the defense gives me, not try to do too much. I have a habit of doing that sometimes. When Iím really feeling good and there is a tight window, I feel like I can make most of them. Sometimes it gets us in trouble. I just have to play smart and play the best I can. I think that will be plenty good enough.
Q: Do you have to alter your mindset, because of your arm strength?
A: I think just having the mindset of donít chase and be aggressively patient. Understand down and distance, the situation of the game. In practice, itís four reps or three reps and youíre trying to do the best you can for that play and itís on to the next one. You kind of just have to understand the flow of the game and the situation and again donít chase and take what the defense gives you.
Q: What is it like to finally get a pretty good chunk of playing time after a lot of practice?
A: I think all the quarterbacks are going to get playing time, Iím just excited to be one of them. Iím going to go out there and play as hard as I can and translate what Iíve been doing on the practice field to the game. I feel like Iím doing a lot of good things on the practice field, I feel like Iíve gotten better every day. I think itís easy to see from a year ago how much better I am, and how much better Iím going to get. Just take it day by day and continue to get better. Itís one preseason game, so just treat it as that and play the best I can. They are really good over there, they have a lot of guys drafted number one overall in Baker and Myles and the guys on defense. Greg Williams is one of the best in the business at what he does, thereís a lot of respect over there.
Q: Is this the longest you have ever gone without playing in a game?
A: Yeah, I guess, but it happens to a lot of people. If you are a second or third string quarterback in the NFL, you have to wait a little bit. The starter is playing good or hasnít gotten hurt, stuff like that. Hopefully Eli wonít get hurt and keeps playing well. Yeah, this is the longest I have gone without playing.
Q: Do you think there will be some game rust?
A: I donít think so. I think we are all excited to go against someone else other than ourselves. Iím excited to see Cleveland and see what they do defensively, pick up blitzes, communication with the center, breaking the huddle, getting to the line and playing football.
Q: Are you going to watch Hard Knocks tonight and get a scouting report?
A: I donít think so. I think Iím getting out of here a little late. We donít get Tivo at the hotel.
Q: How do you like the atmosphere of camp under Coach Shurmur compared to Coach McAdoo?
A: There is no real positive or negative, camp is camp. The weather is going to be hot and humid in East Rutherford and youíre going to get a lot of wind. The biggest thing - Coach Shurmur has done a great job of asking our opinions, if we like morning or afternoon practices better, really giving us time to get home at night so weíre able to get eight-plus hours of sleep so that we can recover to come back with 100 percent the next day and give it our best. Meetings have been great, every single position group has been learning a ton and you can see at practice Ė the linebacker group is getting better each day, the DBs are (too), the O-line has done a great job communicating and coming together as a unit. Itís a credit to Coach Shurmur and the coaching staff for bringing us all together.
Q: Do you like morning or afternoon practice better?
A: Whatever Coach Shurmur says.
Q: (Shurmur) talked about not trying to do too much, you donít want to use your arm too much to make a play that is not there, how do you balance that with wanting to make plays?
A: I think I do an okay job of it right now. Itís just at the same time, understanding the situation. If itís third and long, thereís nothing wrong with taking a check down and flipping the field position. You donít have to force anything downfield, just have to know the situation and be patient, donít chase Ė donít try and chase something that you want to be there but itís not there.
Q: How do you approach your job? Do you come in here saying, ďIím the backupĒ, or do you come in and say, ďIím just here and I have to be the best I canĒ, or what?
A: My job description, in my opinion, is to be the hardest working player on the team, be the best teammate on the team and to try to be the best I possibly can at quarterback. If thatís the backup, third string or maybe even the first guy, just do the best you can, be the best teammate you can and be the hardest worker. I donít make decisions like that, I just try to do those same three things each and every day.
Q: Youíre playing in your third offensive scheme in the last three years. Can that actually help you with getting prepared, since you have seen so much more?
A: Yeah, I think just the way Coach Shurmur and Coach Shula have taught the offense through OTAs and now training camp. This is now our second, third, fourth time through it. Our receivers, especially, are playing so much faster. You can kind of tell, Sterling Shepard, Hunter Sharp, Cody (Latimer) have really picked up their speed. They look like really dependable targets and Odell (Beckham Jr.) is Odell, I donít even know if he got hurt last year the way he works.
Q: Where did you learn the phrase ďaggressively patientĒ?
A: Thatís a Coach Shula phrase. Iím not going to take credit for that, I steal it from him. Iíve kind of elaborated on it a little bit, just kind of taking what the defense gives you and if thereís a chance to take a shot, you take a shot. If not, you go through your progressions and we are all coached great by two great quarterback minds and our job is just to be coachable and complete the ball to the open guy on time and accurately.