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Sunday Media Transcript: S Jabrill Peppers

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/11/2019 2:24 pm
S Jabrill Peppers -- August 11, 2019

Q: How are you feeling? Did you bang your wrist up or something?
A: Iím good, just fell on it weird.

Q: According to the tape, what did you think about how the defense played in the first preseason game?
A: I think we played well. Some communication issues where we gave up big plays, but other than that, I think we did a pretty good job.

Q: Whatís different for you? What are they asking differently from you than maybe you were asked to do in the first two years?
A: Different coverages. Iím moving around a lot more. Other than that, itís pretty much all the same. Iím in my same position, just playing a different coverage, so Iím doing a different job than Iím normally used to.

Q: Do you like that? It seems like they also bring you up to the line of scrimmage against the run.
A: I love it. It keeps them guessing, keeps you in position to make plays to have an impact on the game.

Q: What does that say about how they feel about you, that they trust you in all those different areas?
A: They threw a lot at me when I first got here, I guess they wanted to see how I could handle it. I think I handled it pretty well, so Iím gracious because they see that I can receive and put forth information that Iím receiving. So, it definitely means that they definitely have a lot of trust in me. Iíve just got to make them right and go out there and play good, and make the plays Iím supposed to make.

Q: How much is it more new, the line of scrimmage, than maybe it was in previous years?
A: Well, my second year I was around the line of scrimmage a great deal, but definitely more this year still than I was last year, and definitely way more than my rookie year.

Q: You were probably deep, right?
A: Yes.

Q: Does that benefit you at all, because obviously thatís probably not what youíre--
A: It definitely benefitted me being back there because Iím still going to be back there sometimes. But, just working on my angles, seeing the game from that angle back there, seeing how the routes develop, reading quarterbacksí front hip, things like that that you need in-game reps to be good in the game at.

Q: On the first pass play of the game vs. the Jets.
A: Yeah, I actually didnít think he was going to throw that, but youíve got to stay ready. But, plays like that, definitely, even though thatís more underneath coverage, but the angle that Iím exiting out of, definitely.

Q: Was that a zone that you were playing that you dropped into, or did you just kind of see him do that and just sprinted upfield?
A: It was a little bit of both, it was probably the scheme, and I kind of saw his shoulders open up like as a three-step, so I tried to get out there real fast thinking heís not going to throw it, but he still threw it, so Iíve definitely got to make that play.

Q: How tough is it when you have guys going down in the secondary with injuries?
A: Thatís how this league is, next man up. Whether itís preseason or the regular season. I think itís good now that our young guys are getting a lot of reps, in the unfortunate event where somebody does go down there wonít be any drop off.

Q: How has Ryan Connelly been, he got some first team reps today?
A: Ryanís been having a great camp, he competes, practices hard, heís working on his route running. He catches the ball at a high level, itís definitely good to see him in there.

Q: What do you see in the secondary when you look around and see the pieces that are there?
A: I think we can be good. I think once we put it all together and everybody plays on one accord and we really get a feel for the next man on how he plays, how he sees one route versus how another guy sees it and the better we can play off of each other, the sky is the limit for us, we definitely have potential.

Q: How are things going with you and (Antoine) Bethea?
A: Thatís a great dynamic. We kind of hit it off from the jump, I bounce stuff off of him all the time. He has played in this system before but now things are really starting to slow down for me so Iím not asking him as many questions as I was. Itís definitely good having a veteran guy back there to tell you watch this and that before the play so you keep it in the back of your mind, and it gives you a chance to make some big time plays.

Q: Is it better to have communication issues as opposed to physical ones?
A: Absolutely. You can coach the ĎI thought you were cutting that guy instead of that guyí. But the other stuff you canít coach and then you have problems. Right now, Iím not really worried about it.

Q: What have you seen from TJ Jones?
A: Ever since he has got to practice we like to call him ďfresh legs.Ē Heís out there running past everybody. He catches the ball well, heís a great route runner, fast, quick and he can help in the return game as well. He made a big time play in the game so you know heís doing really well for himself.

Q: How impressed are you with how far Corey Ballentine has come?
A: Ever since he has gotten here he has made plays. Heís been the leader in production, he has five turnover trophies. That stuff you guys saw in the game, heís been doing that all camp. Iím just happy that guys can finally buy into how you practice is how you are going to play. If you practice at a high level, you are going to play at a high level. He played at a high level, minus the little rinky-dink pass interference call. Other than that, he did a real good job.

Q: Whatís the turnover trophy?
A: You get a little trophy when you get a turnover in practice, heís leading, he has five of them.

Q: Who came up with that?
A: It was kind of a room thing.

Q: A new one every day or the same one gets passed around?
A: A new one every day.

Q: So, you go to a trophy shop for little leaguers?
A: Yes, it makes you compete and want to go out there and cause turnovers. Itís just a good little thing.

Q: Is that a coaches thing, or you guys come up with it?
A: A little bit of both.
Ryan Connely  
AnskyJK : 8/11/2019 8:42 pm : link
Needs to introduce himself to Jabrill it seems
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