QB Daniel Jones -- May 28, 2019
Q: How has it been going for you since rookie minicamp?
A: Itís been going well. Itís a daily process of learning and trying to improve every day. Itís going well, itís been good to get with the team and try to learn as much as I can. I think itís been a good start and I have certainly enjoyed it. Iím looking forward to, like I said, improving every day.
Q: Can things slow down for you now, even though you are not running with pads on, you are not running in game speed?
A: I think maybe to some extent. Iím still pretty early in the process and still learning a whole lot every day. Iím not sure Iím there yet, I donít know when that happens. There is still a lot to learn, a lot to work on, and a lot to improve on. Itís been good so far.
Q: What have you been able to pick on just from watching Eli?
A: I think you can learn a lot from him on the field obviously, just from a scheme standpoint. Obviously, he has done it for a long time, he knows that stuff. To me a lot of it is in his routine and his daily preparation and how he prepares for practice, how he reviews practice and learns from practice. I think just that routine and just learning from that, being able to watch him every day to me has been the most helpful.
Q: What about that routine has impressed you?
A: Itís consistent, I think. He does the same thing. The way heíll prepare with the script, the way heíll go through all his assignments and the way heíll will draw it out. After practice reviewing it, watching the film and just learning from it. I think all that stuff but just his routine is helpful.
Q: How would you describe your relationship with Eli thus far?
A: I think itís been great. I think weíve got a great room and a great group of guys in there. Heís been very helpful for me and Iíve certainly learned a lot. I think weíve got a great relationship throughout the room with Alex (Tanney) and Kyle (Lauletta) as well, I think weíve got a great room, a lot of guys helping each other so itís0 been good.
Q: Itís early in the process, but do you feel like you are progressing?
A: I think so, I think I am. Thatís the goal, to progress every day. I think I am. Iíve learned a lot and we are installing just about every day. The challenge is to progress every day and I think I have done that.
Q: Whatís different about the routine youíre studying and observing from Eli?
A: Well you donít have to go to class. I think the time is probably the biggest thing. You can be in the building all day and you can focus on what you need to focus on and the time constraint isnít as restrictive. Itís just more, everything is a lot more. We are installing more and as a rookie its more, it takes time. Itís all been good and I feel like Iím learning a lot.
Q: Have you had any awkwardness at all about being the starting quarterback here one day and replacing Eli?
A: ďI really haven't, to be honest. I think it's been, like I said, we've got a good room, and a lot of really good guys.Ē We're certainly focused on every day here, making sure we're practicing at the highest level possible. That's the goal, and it's been good so far.Ē
Q: You mentioned that you've learned a lot. Is there one thing that stands out that's different from being the quarterback at Duke? Or, any difference in your preparation through OTAs?"
A: ďYeah, I think what you do with the script before practice, I think is something different. Really studying that and preparing for your reps. You really want to have an awareness of what everyone is doing. Just getting the script beforehand and understanding that, preparing for that I think is different. I didn't really do that a whole lot at Duke. Just kind of get out and run the play, but here, you're preparing for that, you're focusing your preparation based off the script.Ē
Q: When you first came in, was it what you expected? Was it the learning curve harder? Were your abilities and expectations below where you thought you were going to be?
A: ďI think every day is different -- when you're putting in new plays, and you're getting a new look from the defense. That causes you to adjust and to kind of learn on the fly. I think coming in, I didn't have too specific expectations as to how it would play out. I think for the most part, we've done well as a young group, learning with the younger guys. Just trying to improve it every day. Trying to make it look a little better, execute a little bit sharper every day."
Q: Coach Shurmur said that he wants you to be ready by Week 1. How do you balance letting things develop organically versus pushing the envelope to get yourself ready?
A: ďI think all of our jobs are to be ready Week 1, whatever the circumstances are. We're taking it one day at a time, in that we're trying to practice the best we can here in OTAs, and with the season in mind and trying to all prepare ourselves for that first game. Like I said, we're focused on what we're doing here, making sure tomorrow's practice is as sharp as it can be and through the summer. It's been good so far and Iím looking forward to finishing strong."