NYG Postgame (vs. Jets) Transcripts: LB Jake Carlock -- August 8, 2019
Q: You were saying a couple days ago you had two busloads of family coming to the game. What was it like playing in front of them and then making that play?
A: I heard them chanting my name throughout the game and I kind of caught eyes with them, I think it was after the pick-six and I was pointing to them so I was just smiling and I was happy as could be.
Q: For undrafted free agents it kind of takes a little while to get into the game, and then the weather delay happened on top of that, given the fact youíre a Giants fan and this is your first game did you have a little extra anxiety with that?
A: It kind of calmed me down and then at the same time I was like, Iím kind of too calm right now, I have to play a game. But right when we got out there we started stretching again I heard my family and friends screaming and then it kind of took care of itself.
Q: Having a game like this is something big for an undrafted free agent, both the pick-six and the sack. Talk about what kind of a big night that means for someone like you.
A: I think for me, it's all about effort. I'm not the biggest. I'm not the strongest. I'm not the fastest, but I can only control how fast I can go. So, every play, I'm going to give it 100 percent.
Q: What did you see on that play?
A: On that play, I was just trying to get the tackle and make a play. I saw, I think it was (Jets QB Davis) Webb, drop back. I saw his eye. I saw when the ball left his hands and I just got my hands on it and tracked it in. I took off running and tried not to get caught.
Q: Coach (Pat Shurmur) was talking before about earlier in camp when a lot of guys were dinged up and you got a ton of reps. Do you think that's helping you grasp everything else on the actual playing field?
A: Yes, certainly. You have to take advantage of your opportunities. As an undrafted free agent, you don't get many. Once those guys went down, it was time for me to step up and try my best to make some plays, and I did.
Q: What was that? You got a bat, an interception and a return. What was the thing you liked best about the whole thing?
A: Probably celebrating with the guys after. I looked at the sideline and saw everyone going nuts after, so I had to join them.
Q: Is there a point when you realized what was--I mean, you have the ball in your hand and you thought, 'Hey, I could score a touchdown here.í
A: I know as a defender, once you get a pick, you never want to get hawked down from behind. So, I was running as fast as I could. After I scored and was celebrating, I couldn't even catch my breath. It was a good time.
Q: Coach made you go out there on special teams right after that, right?
A: Yes, I mean, that's my job, so I can't miss that.
Q: Where's the (interception) ball?
A: That's a good question. I don't know. The equipment manager came up to me after and I think I dropped it after I scored. I was too excited.
Q: That's your first touchdown in the NFL? Is that correct?
A: Yes, that's correct. I have to find that one. I need to keep it.
Q: You had a sack later in the game?
A: Yes. I think it was the third or fourth quarter. I was just trying to make some plays and run around. Thankfully, I got a sack toward the end of the game.
Q: How has the adjustment been for you from defensive back to playing an outside rush linebacker to edge rusher? How has that adjustment been?
A: I enjoy it. It's a challenge, but these guys, these veterans and coaches--Coach (Mike) Dawson--the vets, they really helped me out and taught me so many things. I'm enjoying the role.
Q: Did you hear any of your local fans when you were running out there?
A: Yes, I had a bunch of family and friends. I heard them the whole game and that kind of got me hyped up a little bit.
Q: Guys in your position don't get touchdowns a lot. Is it almost surreal that you scored a touchdown?
A: Yes, it hasn't hit me yet, for sure. Maybe I'll watch it on my phone later and get some goosebumps, but right now I'm excited to go hang out with the guys, family and