G Will Hernandez -- August 12, 2019
Q: How was it getting on the field and hitting for the first time the other night?
A: It was great, thatís when football really starts getting fun. All the guys go out there excited, and we get to actually show what we have been working on all offseason. A lot of guys work hard, a lot of guys lift weights, get stronger, faster, bigger, and itís the first chance you get to go out there and show what you did the whole time.
Q: Was that a holding penalty or no?
A: Iím going to let you watch the tape. I bet you wonít ask me that question after watching it.
Q: As a five-man starting unit, what are you most curious about seeing out of the rest of the preseason games?
A: Honestly, Iím not too curious. Iím very confident in what this offensive line can do. I feel like this offensive line can be really, really good. Iím learning a lot from these guys, these guys come out every day and want to work, want to get after it. They hate to lose and want to win and itís contagious. Some things kind of take time to develop and some of the chemistry to develop and that just comes with games and snaps. As far as curiosity, I know what we can do. I know we can do a lot and really help out our team.
Q: You were probably pretty confident in the starting five last year, whatís the biggest difference?
A: Well, I have a whole year under my belt, everybody got another year better. Wherever they were, everybody got more experience, more time to see film, more time to do a lot of things and just get better as an individual. When we all come together as five, you can really see the difference. One example was me and Nate, we started off a little slow and then we picked it up the rest of the season, and then we picked up right where we left off once we came back for OTAís. We have just been building and building off of that. We also have Remmers and Zeitler on the other side, and the center position is just crazy. Both of these guys just come out everyday and work. Coaches are going to have a really hard decision to make. At the end of the day, we have five guys that got better from last year and we are just building off of it.
Q: You talked about how you and Nate had to get on the same page, are Zeitler and Remmers going to have to experience that, too, or no because they are both older?
A: I donít think so. I think they are going to handle it better than me and Nate did. Especially since they donít have to deal with a rookie coming in. I think Remmers and Zeitler are on a whole different level, on the same page. From what Iíve seen already, they have been meshing really good together.
Q: What does Zeitler bring to you guys?
A: Zeitler just brings that attitude of, ĎI donít care how many reps I have to take, but Iím going to get this specific detail right.í Heís just very detail-oriented, and I think thatís what makes him a great offensive lineman. He pays attention to every single little thing, and itís contagious, too. Sometimes heís just working on this one little thing that we talked about in meetings and some of the other guys will be like, ĎOh, thatís right, we have to do that,í or ĎOh, thatís right.í Itís contagious. He doesnít care if he has to do a thousand reps of something, but heís going to get it right, and when it comes down to it, heís going to execute. Like I said, it passes on to the rest of the offensive line, and it really helps us out, and we learn a lot from him, too.
Q: Everybody says heís the most focused, all-football guy. Do you ever see him laugh or smile?
A: Oh yeah. Iím just saying that when it comes to football, thatís how he is, but outside of football, too, awesome guy. Really cool to hang out with, heís funny, and heís just a really good teammate.
Q: Are you guys giving Saquon dreams of taking the preseason off?
A: (Laughter) No, we miss him out there, but we understand. Either way, weíre going to go out there and do our job no matter whoís back there. We know that when the time comes down to it, heís going to be there, and heís going to be 100 percent.
Q: Do you need to see him behind you, or are you just blocking away and it doesnít make a difference if heís playing?
A: No, we come out there and we block the way we block no matter whoís back there. We always come out and we give it our all, it doesnít matter what back weíve got back there. Obviously, Saquon makes things a little bit easier sometimes, but we come out there, same mentality, same focus.
Q: Itís only your second year in the NFL, but how much of a problem is Dexter Lawrence going to be for offensive linemen?
A: Yeah, definitely a great pick. He came out there from day one, he came out and worked hard, and showed exactly why he was picked where he was picked, and Iím excited to have him on our team. He gets the offensive line better, heís getting his fellow D-linemen better, and I feel heís really going to be a problem for teams this season.
Q: Any update from El Paso?
A: Thereís been a lot of little gatherings that theyíve had. They had a few of them at the Cielo Vista Mall itself, and people are just showing respect, paying respects to all those families that were lost, all those people that were lost, families out there, friends. Thatís mainly what that culture is all about, itís all about respect and honoring, and thatís what theyíre doing now, and I know theyíre going to rally, and theyíll be fine.
Q: What did it mean for you guys to see Daniel Jones have such success?
A: It was awesome to see him go out there and execute the way he did. I told the media before, he didnít seem like a rookie quarterback to me. He came out there sure of himself, handled the huddle really well, was loud, projected everything he wanted to say the whole play. Usually when weíve had guys go in there, they kind of mumble the play a little here and there, and he came out and didnít have any of those issues, and he came out and executed and did exactly what he needed to do. So, Iím very excited to have him as a teammate, great guy.Obviously, a great quarterback.