QB Daniel Jones -- November 20, 2019
Q: For your first time coming out of a bye week, what is your mindset and approach to these final six weeks after having a week off?
A: I think, as a team, I feel like we were able to recharge a little bit. I think our mindset this week is to attack it and do what weíve been doing, do it better and more consistently. So, we had some good practices last week on the bye week and a little time to rest up and get ready for this last stretch. I think weíre enthused and ready to go.
Q: What did you do, anything different as far as preparation, anything being able to have that weekend off?
A: Yeah, I mean I think I went home and saw my family for a little bit, but thinking about what we need to do, what I need to do, and using it as some time to get ahead for this week, some time to get ahead for Chicago. So, I think it was a productive week.
Q: This Chicago defense with Khalil Mack, not quite the player he has been so far this season, but how are you preparing and what are you expecting?
A: Yeah, heís a good player, one of the top pass rushers in the league, so weíll have a plan for that. Theyíre a good group on defense, and like I said, weíll have a good plan for it. I think we had a good start to it today and weíll keep building off of it. Itís about what we do, itís about how we execute that plan and us being ready to go. So, theyíre a good defense, but weíll be ready for them.
Q: The way you hooked up with (Darius) Slayton the other day, 10 catches for over 100 yards, is that something we realistically can expect to continue to see as the season closes?
A: Yeah, I think so. Heís a really good player and youíre able to see all the different things he can do on the field. So, I think heíll continue to step up and make plays, and Iíve just got to make sure to get him the ball. I think heís done a really good job so far.
Q: Is it a good time for guys, especially the offensive line, just guys coming back from injury, to enable you to have a full line out there?
A: Yeah, I think we had guys step up and play well, and a lot of trust in all those guys, but the bye week gave us a chance to get a little bit healthier and get some guys back out there. So, yeah, I think weíll be ready to go.
Q: When was the last time you played in a cold weather game?
A: Iím not sure, a while ago probably. But we played Pitt in college, there was snow toward the end of the game, but I think it usually didnít get too cold in Durham.
Q: Does it bother you?
A: I donít think so. I think weíll stay warm and have ways to stay warm. I donít think itís a huge factor on me.
Q: How much do you factor in the wind, though, with your passing game?
A: Yeah, thatís something that fortunately we deal with at practice. Just about every day we get some good practice with that. So, Iíve heard thatíll be a factor in Chicago, and I think luckily, weíll be ready for it.
Q: Whatís the benefit of a week where you didnít have to game plan and worry about the next opponent? Did you allow yourself to kind of let things wash over you and just thought through some things that the benefit of time allowed you to do that was helpful?
A: Yeah, I think so. We kind of have some time to look back over the 10 games weíve played and what weíve done well, what we havenít done well. So, I think the bye week gives you a little bit of a chance to do that, and then also I did spend some time trying to get ahead this week and focus on that. But like you said, I think as a team, as an offense, weíve been able to look back at some of that stuff and take a closer look at what weíve done well and what we havenít.
Q: Did anything click for you that maybe you hadnít realized earlier on? Certain plays?
A: I donít know if anything necessarily in particular really popped out that was different than what weíve been focusing on. But I think you just get a little bit more time to see some of that stuff, and revisiting some of the mistakes, some of the turnovers in particular, and ways I can work on that. So, I think the bye week gave us the opportunity to do that.
Q: The fumbles, there hasnít been a common denominator, many of them have been in certain circumstances and what not. But as theyíve mounted a little bit, does it become a psychological thing? Obviously, ball protection is the first thing youíre probably thinking about, but can it get to the point where youíre thinking maybe a little too much about it and it gets into your head a little bit?
A: I donít think so. I think itís something that I need to be mindful of constantly. Itís not like a golf swing or something where youóitís about being mindful of it and being aware in the pocket, protecting it and getting the ball out on time. I think all those things are important for me to stay mindful of.
Q: Do you feel personally that maybe thatís the one thing thatís been holding you back more than anything?
A: Thereís certainly a number of things that I need to work on, but yeah, thatís definitely one of them, and it probably is the most critical thing that I need to correct, so Iíll work on that.
Q: Is there something technical that you can kind of narrow down and that youíve worked on, as simple as just making sure to keep two hands on the ball?
A: Yeah, I think thatís part of it, and just getting the ball out on time and not holding it. Like you said, I think it is pretty fundamental in that holding the ball with two hands is going to be more secure than not. So, making sure Iím doing that and getting the ball out on time.
Q: Has there been anybody who has particularly helped you with that, whether itís Alex (Tanney) or Eli (Manning), or anybody youíve talked to and gone over stuff with?
A: Yeah, weíve talked about it and those guys say the same thing. I donít think itís necessarily a complex problem to fix. I think it is as simple as keeping two hands on the ball and getting it out on time. So, Iíve talked to all those guys, Coach Shula, Coach Shurmur. I think I definitely need to work on that.
Q: Is there anything in practice you do thatís maybe a little more unorthodox to try and help that at all?
A: Not really, just trying to stay mindful of it and keeping two hands on the ball. Just continue to focus on that.
Q: Years ago, there was a running back here named Tiki Barber and he had a fumbling problem and (Tom) Coughlin made him go home and just hold the ball in his hand for like weeks at a time. Is there anything drill-wise that you have changed in the recent days?
A: I havenít done that, and Iím not sure I will.
Q: Itís different for a running back, they need it to be high and tight.
A: Yeah, I think for me, itís in the pocket a lot and keeping two hands on the ball in the pocket. So, whether weíre doing drills in practice, whether weíre doing seven on seven or anything like that, I need to continue to focus on that.
Q: What do you think is the overall theme here with six games to go, for you and the team?
A: I think to keep pushing. As a team, weíve done things well at times, and obviously havenítí been consistent enough with those things. I think the mindset is to realize that we can do it and we have done it, we just need to avoid the negative plays, avoid mistakes, and do the things that we can do more consistently. I think thatís the focus and we have an opportunity here with six games to get back on track and finish strong.
Q: How important is it for you personally to have a chance to continue to develop here in your first year?
A: Yeah, I think itís important. Like you said, itís an opportunity for the team, itís an opportunity for me to keep improving. I think weíre all approaching it in that way. Certainly, aiming on finishing strong.
Q: Does this team look re-energized to you?
A: I think so, yeah. I think through the last few weeks, and particularly this last week with our two practices, I think weíve come to practice ready to work. Weíve practiced hard, I think youíve seen guysí focus remain consistent. I think weíre ready to go and ready to finish strong.
Q: Are you allowed to share kind words with Trubisky or are you not allowed?
A: (laughter) Yeah, I kind of have gotten to know him over the years a little bit. Yeah, thereís that (Duke-UNC) rivalry. Heís a good guy. Itís been fun getting to know him.
Q: Just from the rivalry is how you got to know him?
A: Yeah, the coach at Duke was buddies with him growing up, so I kind of got to know him through him and spend a little bit of time together. Itís been cool to get to know him. But like you said, there will always be that rivalry there (laughter).
Q: The coach at Duke meaning your head coach?
A: An assistant coach (Graduate Assistant Coach/Defense Joe Kasper).