LB Connor Barwin
September 6, 2018
Q: Are you ready to go (with the knee)?
A:†Yeah, Iím ready to go. I feel good. Like you said, itís time to go. This is the real Week 1, so Iím ready to go. Iím excited about playing.
Q: How much do you look at it as you and (Lorenzo Carter) sort of combining to take those snaps from (Olivier Vernon)?
A: I donít look at it that much. A lot of people are going to get reps, and me and (Lorenzo) are going to play. Iím excited to see what Zo does, and Iím excited to see what I can do, and weíre going to help each other throughout the game.
Q:† I assume after so many years, missing training camp isnít a major loss. Youíre well-prepared?†
A: Yeah. Iíve played in a lot of NFL football games. You can say my legs are little fresh going into this week, because I had about a week and a half off of training camp, so it worked out. I did everything I had to do when I was down for those days. I feel prepared, I know what Iím supposed to do, and again, my legs are fresh going into Sunday.†
Q:†Jacksonville is a good run team, and they also throw in that screen that keeps you guys awake. What else do you see from them?†
A: They do obviously run the ball well, and then like you said, theyíre going to throw in a lot of screens, boots, kind of misdirection type stuff to try to slow down your rush. Itíll be a big challenge for us up front to stop that run, and then get out of the box and run down those screens and those sort of plays.†
Q: Can you talk about (Leonard Fournette), what youíve seen from him?††
A: Yeah, I got to play him last year, a big running back. They give him the ball a bunch throughout the game Ė downhill runner, has the ability to breakaway and take runs the distance, so weíll have to gang tackle him and, like I said, itíll be a big challenge for us.†
Q:† You guys have been very good about the run in the preseason. That bodes well?††††
A:† I donít put much credit into the preseason, but yeah, something we pride ourselves in throughout camp with (Coach Bettcher) and what he talks about a lot is you have to stop the run. We put a lot of focus on it and it starts this week.
Q: One of the things that Gettleman said when you came here was that as guys get older, itís more about quality snaps than quantity of snaps. Iím sure you feel like you can give them quality snaps, can you still give them the quantity of snaps that they may be needing if (Olivier Vernon) canít play?†
A: Yeah, Iím ready to go. My body feels good. Itís funny when people talk about Lorenzo and me, Iím obviously closer to the end of my career and heís right at the beginning of his, but majority of my career Iíve played maybe 90% of the snaps for every season, so Iím used to getting a lot of snaps. However things unfold here, whatever they ask me to do, Iím confident Iíll be able to do it, whether itís all those snaps like Iíve done in the past, or a little bit less.††††
Q: You got here a little later, you played the run game, and then you had to take some time off. Was that something that concerned you, or did you foresee that might happen?
A: No, I think that was just us being smart about getting ready for the season. That was us, again, looking forward to a 16-week season and making sure I was ready for that.
On not playing much throughout the preseason:
A: Yeah, it was just us being smart and getting ready for Week 1 of the season.†
Q: How much do you look at opening day differently than you did earlier in your career? Do the emotions still pop?
A: Honestly, itís not that much different. Maybe other than my rookie year when I was just extremely nervous about my first NFL game, but after that, itís still the same excitement. Being here in New York, Iím excited to have my first game here and then the start of a new season, what everybody looks forward to when a season ends the year before and you donít win the Super Bowl. Iím excited to get this journey started this Sunday.††
On New York fans not cheering for you in MetLife in the past:
A: Iíve had a lot of good games in MetLife Stadium, and I expect to keep that going. Just with the right jersey on now.†
Q:† They werenít happy when you were having good games, though. Right?
A: No, New York wasnít. But weíre going to turn that around now this Sunday.†
Q: Are you anxious to have some good games and have this home crowd rooting for you a little bit?
A: Yeah, Iím excited to see what MetLife is like being the home team here. Itís going to be fun.†
Q: Has Coach Bettcher leaned on you and (Alec Ogletree) a little bit because you played them, as far as attacking the Jaguars?
A: No, not really. Heís got it under control. We played them last year, and we won the game. I went back and watched the film. We did alright, but they ran the ball a little bit on us. Thatís in the past, and weíre prepared this week for what the Giants defense is going to do and hopefully be a little bit better.