RB Jonathan Stewart
August 26, 2018
Q: Obviously a lot has been made about your numbers in the preseason games. What makes you confident thatís not a reflection of what youíll be able to bring to this team?
A: I think this is a time, obviously, where you have an opportunity to work on your craft whether itís practice, preseason games. Getting to gel with the first teams, whatever teams youíre a part of, making the most of your opportunities. Also learn how not to dwell on certain things. At the end of day, goldfish memory because once something bad goes wrong, you have to learn how to bounce back and more forward to the next play because time is going to continue to tick.
Q: The play that everyone saw the other day was the fumble. What happened on the play?
A: I just didnít hold on to the ball. Just a minor error, major mess up. Thatís our job as an offense, to hold on to the ball and make the right reads. Something out there, just chalk it up and wait for the next down.
Q: Do you feel at all that you have to fight for a position here or do you know fully well that youíve been in this league for quite a long period of time and the game is eventually going to come for you?
A: Age has its lows, but it also has its strengths. Every year youíre working for a spot, no matter how old you are, no matter if youíre a rookie, youíre always working for a spot because everyone is working.
Q: Do you need to have success on the field Thursday, assuming youíll play, just for your own peace of mind going forward?
A: Every time Iím on the field, Iím just trying to put my best foot forward, so no matter what happens if Iím out there, Iím going to try to give it my all.
Q: How do you self-scout your own summer? Not just talking about the preseason, but including the training campÖ
A: I think it has been good. A lot of my practice reps, a lot of things that Iíve been putting out on film for preseason, I felt like Iíve been doing everything Iíve supposed to have been doing. Again, itís still time to learn the chemistry of our whole offense as a whole and thereís a lot of things that weíre working on during practice and the walk-throughs and the meeting rooms. All that stuff is Ė itís the time to work out those kinks and be ready for week one.
Q: How close do you feel you are to be ready for the opening game?
A: I think as a whole offense, I think if we had to play next week or this coming week, I think weíll be ready. The guys on our team, their work ethic is very heavy. You see guys like Odell (Beckham Jr.), (Sterling) Shep, Evan (Engram), theyíre always out there catching balls after practice, guys like the running backs getting our extra conditioning in. Weíre preparing every week like itís a game every week because I think preseason games are games.
Q: Whatís your reaction when you look at the numbers? I know itís the preseason, they donít matter, but when you look at your numbers this preseason.
A: Like I said, you canít dwell on the past, you just got to learn to move forward. Everything is not going to go your way perfectly and youíre going to have good days and youíre going to have bad days. Youíre going to have a couple good reps here and there and things arenít going to go your way because youíre playing against professional athletes on that side of the ball.
Q: Physically, how do you feel?
A: I feel good. Health-wise, Iím maintained pretty well. Itís been a good offseason for me. Iíve just been working on my health, staying active and staying in shape.
Q: What do you see when you watch (Saquon) Barkley in practice and in workouts? Do you sit there and say Ďwow, thatís a real special talent?í Does that make you work harder now because heís going to taking away some snaps?
A: Oh, for sure. Heís a very talented guy, physical specimen. Of course, we have a guy with that caliber and with his youth and just with all the guys in the backfield, theyíre all great and have good talents of their own. Youíre always trying to learn and youíre always trying to better yourself and trying to mimic certain things that other guys are doing to add to your repertoire.
Q: That kid (Barkley), especially, is he something you have never seen in the NFL?
Q: How tricky are hamstrings for running backs? Perhaps maybe even more so than most positions? To see him back out there practicing and looking quick is obviously a good sign.
A: Yeah, itís a great sign. Heís a workaholic. A lot of people donít see the behind the scenes stuff that goes on and that kid, since the moment he got hurt, it was almost kind of like he was working to get back immediately, so heís recovered pretty well.