Head Coach Pat Shurmur
August 15, 2018
Joint Practice with Detroit
Opening Remarks: Alright, day two here. Competitive. You could tell the guys were grinding through that, but again, we didnít have any injuries to speak of, a couple nagging things Iím sure, but for the most part I was proud of the professionalism that our guys showed. It gets a little chippy sometimes. Detroit did a great job and I think because we set the ground rules for this thing at least until this point, really both teams have gotten a lot of really good work. I think thatís part of being a pro, is being able to do things in different settings and get a lot out of it. With that, Iíll take your questions.
Q: What do you think of the training camp Janoris Jenkins has had?
A:† I donít know about the training camp, but I think heís competed well. Heís an outstanding football player and heís so competitive. Itís hard for him not to become one of your favorite guys because heís tough, heís competitive, he loves to compete, and I just think heís a really good player.
Q: It seems like he was barely targeted in these two days. How much of an impact does having your corner kind of just lock down like that (have)?
A: I wouldnít read too much into that in practice. Those matchups, who gets thrown at and who doesnít get thrown at, that happens more in games. Heís on the left side of the offense most of the time, and sometimes offenses become right-handed. I would guess that Detroit wasnít working matchups, they were working schemes and trying to see what their players could do.
Q:† From our perspective, a lot of passes were caught against Eli Apple, and then he makes an interception here today. What do you take from that?
A: Again, I think itís competitive. Thereís times when you compete all the way to the end, and when youíre competing and youíre out there one on one, every once in a while youíre going to give up a play. But for him to make a game-changing play like he did in a most critical situation is good.††
Q:†How valuable was it to see a guy like Odell (Beckham) go up against Darius Slay, whoís an all-pro? Kind of two of the greats on the field together.
A: Again, I think they approach their work the right way. Youíre right Ė Darius is an outstanding player. I got to see him way too much the last few years, and for him and Odell to be able to compete against one another, it says a lot about their makeup.†
Q:† What goes into your decision to have injured players still out there in uniform watching and staying around the team? Not every team does that.
A:† I think whatís important about practice is we talk often about mental reps, and just because you donít get the rep doesnít mean youíre not responsible for seeing what happened and try to visualize what youíd do if you were out there, so thereís plenty time in a day. As long as they can defend themselves and itís not a lower leg injury of some sort or something where they need immediate attention, I think itís important for them to be out there.†
Q: How far do those guys fall behind, some of the guys who havenít been out there for a week or so in actual practices?
A: Well, itís always better to be there. To varying degrees, I would imagine, if youíre not there. But guys that are there, whether theyíre playing or not, theyíre having a chance to improve.†
Q: How close are Donte Deayon and Darian Thompson to getting back on the field?
A: Iím loving saying this to you - day to day. I donít know.††
Q: Are they making progress?
A: Oh yeah, theyíre making progress. For sure.
Q: Because Deayon, itís kind of been almost two weeks.
A: Again, itís hard to say. Thatís a line now Ė itís hard to say, but heís day to day.†
Q: You put Davis (Webb) into the two-minute drill with the starters. (Inaudible Ė maybe, What are the benefits of that?)
A: He did some good things in that drill, and thereís a lot to be learned from those uncontrolled settings. Matt (Patricia) and I both Ė (Matthew) Stafford didnít do it, and Eli (Manning) didnít do it Ė we were both trying to use this opportunity for our backups to get reps.
Q: At the start of practice before stretching, Saquon (Barkley) was standing there on his bad leg dribbling a soccer ball. Are you confident itís a minor injury? The way heís acting, he does not look worried, but can you say itís minor?
A: I didnít see that. I didnít see what youíre saying. Heís day to day, and heís working his way back. He tweaked it, and yeah, Iím confident heíll be back.†
Q: Some of the bigger picture questions Ė how much input do you have on the defense? Obviously youíre an offensive guy, but how much input do you have on that day to day?
A: Iím involved. I watch it and I have ideas about how we should approach things and whether weíre playing man or zone or pressuring, so I have those conversations with James (Bettcher). I do trust the coordinators, though. I really do. I trust James, I trust Mike (Shula). Mike called all the stuff while we were here so I could kind of keep a top-down view of things, and I trust our guys. I have input as to how I see things, but I trust them to implement what we want to do.†
Q: What will you do tomorrow?
A: Weíre going to come in tomorrow. It (wonít be) very competitive, but weíre just going to work together and itíll be a practice setting where we just kind of work through situations.†
Q: Back to Davis (Webb) for a second. You didnít see it much today, but when heís missed yesterday or even in a preseason game, itís usually been high. Is there anything youíre working on with him? I know you were a quarterback coach. Is there something other than being amped that youíre working on him with in that regard?
A: Yeah, thereís fundamentals tied to throwing the ball high and we keep working on correcting them.†
Q: When was the last time you had your mom present for practice?
A: Itís been a long time, but she showed up today, which was nice. She only lives a couple miles away. She lives out in Canton now, and my brotherís here. My sister lives in Chicago so she wonít be here for practice, but yeah, my brotherís here and my mom, so it was good to see them.