Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- August 11, 2019
Q: What do you think about the Mets?
A: The Mets? Itís awesome. 14 out of 15, right? Heck of a run. Iím happy for Mickey (Callaway) and the team. I like to see all of the New York teams playing well. Anyways, Iíll try to answer your questions.
Q: Do you have a relationship with any of the other New York coaches?
A: A little bit, on the phone. With some of them.
Q: Do you know what happened to (DeAndre) Baker?
A: Yeah, just in his individual warmup type stuff, something with his knee. Weíre just checking it out (with) an MRI. I have no information on that right now. (It happened) just kind of in the warmup drills. He just felt something so heís getting that checked out.
Q: Corey Ballentine is getting some run with the first team defense on the outside. He had the pick the other night. What have you seen from him so far?
A: Iíve said it all along heís a very competitive, tough guy, and because thatís his nature, when weíre playing the uncontrolled game of football, he shows up. Thatís why heís out there. Heís done a good job to this point. Weíre hopeful that heíll stay on the same track and keep getting better.
Q: What did you think of what TJ Jones did on Thursday?
A: He did a very nice job. Heís a young player but experienced. When he was out there playing, it was obvious that he knew what to do. He obviously has the ability to make plays.
Q: Before you signed him, what stood out about him when he was here?
A: We worked him out, and we certainly had a good grade on him in our pro system. So, when we worked him out, and at that point we were needy at wideout because we had some injuries, we brought him in.
Q: What did you think about how Eli (Manning) played today?
A: I thought he did a great job. I think heís practiced well throughout (training camp). Now, after Iíve watched him (during) this three-week stretch, I think heís throwing the ball better than he did last summer. Heís got a real good grasp of what we want to do offensively. He had another good day out there.
Q: Is it a change for you guys not having joint practices? Do you lose anything without having that competitive environment?
A: I donít know. I think weíre pretty competitive out here. It just didnít work out that way this year. It just so happens that we had three teams in the preseason that weíre going to play during the regular season. Weíre a young enough team. I just felt like us being able to practice against each other, that outweighed (the advantages of) working with another team.
Q: Why just two quarterbacks today in the team drills?
A: I just didnít work the third group. We were short some numbers, so I just didnít work the threes. Thatís less about the quarterbacks and more about the guys that werenít practicing in the other positions. Very observant.
Q: Because youíre playing on Friday this week, do you view it as a game week? Is it an extra day to play, or is it still training camp?
A: I sort of feel like this is still training camp. We started to do carded periods last week, which you saw, which feels more like a game week, but itís sort of a quasi-game week because we still are in training camp.
Q: It seems like throughout camp, Eli and Cody Latimer have been on the same page and seem to be developing some chemistry. What have you seen from them, and what have you seen from Cody so far?
A: Cody is probably one of our most veteran receivers. I think he shows that out there. He knows how to practice. He knows how to compete. He has a unique ability to make a play down the field. I think he does a good jobÖ there are times when he can get behind the (corner) and heís open. But then there are other times when heís in a contested situation where he can make a play on the ball. Thatís hugely valuable when youíre a wideout.
Q: How tough is it for (Nick) Gates, to bump out to tackle after so much work at guard, and how much can that help him if he shows you something there?
A: Obviously, he had the two holding calls. Those of us that watched, there were a lot of holds called all weekend. I donít know if it was obvious, so maybe that was a theme. And he had the false start. But I think for the most part, he did a really nice job out there. Yeah, him being able to do that certainly creates more value for him.
Q: How close is Ryan (Connelly) to stepping in for Alec (Ogletree) in situations where Alec is on the sidelines?
A: He played well the other night. If you have a starter thatís going to not be in there for a couple of days, then heíll just step right in. I think heís ready to do it.