S Jabrill Peppers -- July 25, 2019
Q: How much are you looking forward to that first day out there today?
A: Camp is different. You get to put on actual equipment instead of a t-shirt and underwear, and really get to compete at a high level with contact. The D-line and the O-line can get a good pop in there to work on their techniques and blocking. (Inaudible) just getting used to football again, so Iím definitely excited.
Q: This is the first time in a while that you have a chance for your family and friends to come watch you practice. Whatís that going to be like? Do you expect a big crowd?
A: Iím honestly not really worried about the crowd. I have a job to do. I think itís cool that the fans are involved and they get to be a part of our training camp, but at the end of the day you canít have a sloppy practice just because of the fans there. My main focus is focusing on execution, running to the ball, and honing in on the things I know I need to work on.
Q: Do you care to reveal those things that you need to hone in on and work on?
A: Not really (laughter). Not really.
Q: Alec (Ogletree) yesterday said this defense he thinks could be a top five to top ten defense in the league. A lot of moving parts, a lot of young guys out thereówhatís it been like for you guys?
A: Everybody has to do their jobódo their job as that one of the eleven. We have the talent and tools, we just have to put it all together. Everyone is starting 0-0, we have to stick to our identity, run to the ball, tackle, make the plays that come to us, and minimize explosive plays. I think you do that and any team can (inaudible)
Q: Youíre obviously in a new spot, coming over in trade, and could be starting a rookie at every levelóline, linebacker, secondary. How much harder is it to do that right away and start fast with so many new pieces?
A: Age doesnít really matter. Itís just how fast they can acclimate and pick up the playbook. You donít want to throw too much at the guys. You want them to play fast (inaudible), but if a rookie is good enough to play, heís going to come in here and play. The best eleven is going to be out there. Itís just about getting everyone up to speed, gelling together more as a team, and putting it all together.
Q: Whatís been the process for you to sort of acclimate yourself to a new teamóand I donít want to say and to prove yourself, but you know?
A: Itís just really getting to know the guys. Thatís really it. There was always a sense of comfort from my first day here. You just have to get to know the guys and your coaches. Iím from the area, so itís not like I have to get acclimated to a new area. The facilities here are top-notch, and football is football. Youíre going to go hard or youíre not.
Q: Whatís the adjustment been system-wise?
A: Just the terminologyóa couple of new coverages that I havenít played before that I think are exciting. Thatís really it. It really hasnít to much of a coaching shock or anything difficult. Itís just doing what I have to do.
Q: Is there a lesson you take into training camp this year having been through training camps the past couple yearsóhow you approach it, how you attack it?
A: Definitely. I think after your rookie season, once you actually go through it, everything kind of becomes more natural and just a little bit more comfortable for you. Just coming into every day with a positive attitude because some days your bodyís not going to feel good and youíre not going to want to do some things, but you have to fight through thatópick the guys up around me and just make the practices fun and competitive because when we are having fun competing, youíre getting better but you want to be out there. So, I think thatís one of the main things Iíve taken away from my two camps that Iíve been a part of.
Q: Pat Shurmur was just here and said that in his mind Daniel Jones has exceeded expectations in a lot of ways. What have you seen from him so far?
A: I havenít had a chance to go with him because he hasnít really run with the ones, but just from what Iíve seen, heís a very polished quarterback and a smart guy. Heís going to be great for us.
Q: Taking care of your body has always been something, going back to high school that youíve focused on. How has that changed for you where youíre at?
A: Technology is way more advanced, so they tell me things about myself that I didnít even know. Drawing blood, urine samplesówe work closely with Quest DiagnostisóI put a little sweat patch on to see what I need to drink after practice. Thatís definitely a good help, especially when youíre not in your head about going too hard so you donít cramp and things like that. Itís definitely nice.
Q: So thatís a big training difference for you. Does that lighten the mental load for you?
Q: One of the things that hurt this team last year was its ability to finish. Do the coaches at all talk about that?
A: Absolutely. Thatís actually been a big point of emphasis for us. Alpha and omegaósometimes they say omega to alpha because finishing was a huge part of who we were last year. So you just have to start fast, keep the moments from going, and finish the games. That comes with execution, attention to detail, and just competing at the highest level.
Q: What are your impressions of Saquon (Barkley)ósomeone you enjoy being around?
A: Saquon is a Big Ten kid. I went to Michigan so I already kind of knew him, but we already got together before I even got here. So I kind of knew the guy he was, but itís definitely different when youíre practicing against him and youíre seeing that athleticismóthe speed, quickness, power every day. It definitely helps us as a defense, especially with his cut-back ability, his ability to expand the plays. You really get to work on your ball pursuit, your angles, vice tackling, and things like that, so Iís definitely a huge help.
Q: If thereís any carry-over from the spring, I guess weíre going to see you and Evan (Engram) going head-to-head a lot?
A: Absolutely. We were already talking about that during the walk-through. Heís a competitive guy, Iím a competitive guy, and the goal is just to make each other as better as possible so when the season comes itís nothing.
Q: As a starter, do you want to be a return man too?
A: I want to do whatever I can to help this football team win games. If thatís me returningóIíve done it before, so whatever they need me to do, thatís what Iím going to do to the best of my ability.