QB Daniel Jones -- November 27, 2019
Q: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
A: I think I’m going to hang around here. I think I’m going to go over a teammate’s house and have a meal, so I’m looking forward to it.
Q: What are you thankful for this year?
A: I’m thankful to be here. I think just the opportunity to play football, continue to do it, to be here, to be part of this organization and with these teammates.
Q: Green Bay next. As you’re preparing, what do you see in their defense that will be a challenge?
A: They’re a good defense. They’ve got a few guys who can rush the passer. They like to mix up the looks and personnel in the back end, so we’ll be ready for that, but it’s a good unit and we’ll have a good plan.
Q: Now with (Golden) Tate in the concussion protocol, once again you lose a skill position player. It seems to happen each week. Do you ever feel that the burden is on you to either carry the offense or perform better? What do you sense as you go into a game with losing another player to injury?
A: I think we’re confident in the guys to step up. We’ve had guys go down, but I think every time someone’s gone down, someone’s stepped up and played well. So, I have a lot of confidence in those guys and I think we have chemistry across the board with a lot of different people. So, I have confidence in them and I know the team does, too, so we’ll be ready.
Q: Just four games left to go, and obviously the season will end with a losing record regardless, but what are you personally playing for?
A: I mean, we’re playing to win every game. I think that’s going to be our mindset. That’s been our mindset, so we’re going to continue to compete as hard as we can. Our goal is to win every game.
Q: Who’s hosting tomorrow?
A: I think I might go over to (Alex) Tanney’s spot.
Q: Any special requests that you want him to make?
A: I don’t think I’m in the position to make any requests (laughter). I’m just happy to be invited.
Q: Are you going to bake, cook, bring something over, bring it in?
A: I don’t know, I’m probably better off buying something (laughter). I don’t know, I probably need to think about that.
Q: Over the last four games, 11 touchdowns and only one interception. Those are very impressive numbers. What’s going right for you over the last month that allows you to put those kinds of numbers up?
A: I think it’s part of what we’re doing on offense, especially in the red zone. I think we’ve had a good plan for it and we’ve been able to get open, and you’re just trying to find the open guy. But I think we’ve got to continue to work on that and I think, like I said, guys have stepped up and made plays and gotten open, gotten behind people. I think kind of across the board, we’ve done a good job of preparing for it and then executing.
Q: What’s been the most challenging part of this losing streak?
A: I think, as a team, we’ve done a good job of coming to work every day. I think, through it, we’ve had good practices, we’ve had guys staying focused, we’ve had guys continue to work through things and improve, so I think that’s been good. But I think there’s a lot to learn and there’s a lot to improve on and that’s what we’ve got to stay focused on, that’s what I’m focused on, but like I said, I think we have the right guys, and I think the way we’ve responded to it has been the right way, and I think that’s going to give us an opportunity to bounce back.
Q: As a team, what can you guys do to get the running game going?
A: I think, like I’ve said, every area of our offense is going to complement the other. So, if we’re able to throw the ball more effectively, run lanes are going to open up and we’ve got to make sure I’m putting them in the best position to run the ball, the best looks. I think we’ll be able to do it. I thought we were more efficient on Sunday running the ball and had a few nice runs, so I think that’ll come and I think it’s continued to improve.
Q: Is it something that’s hard to develop? I remember offensive linemen used to say about Eli (Manning) that he really puts us in good positions to run the ball. Is that, as a rookie, something you’ve had to learn a lot?
A: Yeah, I think like anything, I’m still learning a lot. I think that’s a big part of it, is making sure that we’re in the right looks and the guys that need to be blocked are blocked and accounted for. So, yeah, I’ve got to continue to work on that.
Q: Are you free to make any checks at the line, or sometimes is the play called and you guys just run it the way it’s called?
A: Yeah, I mean, we have certain kinds of checks that are understood in practice, kind of options with the play. But yeah, I think that’s kind of the extent to which we’re checking.
Q: How much more are you seeing eight guys in the box, or bringing more attention since obviously Saquon (Barkley) is back getting healthy over the last five games?
A: I think teams are certainly accounting for him and I don’t know, they’re trying to do it different ways. I’m not seeing just a full-on stacked box every time. I think teams will be smart in how they do that, but you see a lot of respect for him. In the run game and the pass game, people are aware of what he can do, so we’ve got to make sure we’re putting him in the best position to make a play.
Q: In theory, though, it should open up more big plays for you down the field. In theory, if you bring guys up, it creates opportunities on the back end. Have you seen that? Does it work like that?
A: I think it’s specific to the team and their scheme. Teams will mix it up. I don’t think everyone’s going to play it the same way, but yeah, we’ve got to use him to create opportunities kind of across the field. Like I said, teams will account for him and he’s a big weapon for us.
Q: How difficult emotionally has the losing been for you?
A: It’s tough. It’s tough on everyone. I mean, tough on me, you don’t like to lose, no one likes to lose, no one on this team likes to lose, but like I said, I think we’ve responded well. We’ve had good practices, we’ve had people attacking the next opportunity and we’ve got to continue to do that and continue to improve. But yeah, I think that’s our mindset and if we’re consistent with that, we’ll get back on track.