CB Darnay Holmes -- August 23, 2020
Q: Take us through the interception the other day on the deep ball?
A: We were in a man situation and I had disciplined eyes and disciplined technique. Being taught proper fundamentals, the plays will come to you.
Q: You seem like a guy who hasn’t been overwhelmed by the NFL just yet. Is that fair to say?
A: The group of guys we have around us – we have a lot of mentors, a lot of veterans, a lot of guys who have been around. I have always been a person that seeks knowledge. By seeking knowledge, you are able to use that and store it and have it around you so you are able to maneuver accordingly.
Q: Post-draft when you start training and you start focusing in. The closer you get to camp, did you have checklist of things you wanted to make sure in your game that you honed in on and had ready to go once you hit the field in training camp?
A: Really just having the most faith. Unwavering faith and belief in myself and pretty much the scheme that I’m being surrounded by.
Q: In terms of your skill set there wasn’t anything that you zeroed in on and you said was kind of a global view of what you were trying to do.
A: Really just trusting everything I’m doing. Every drill I’m doing, trusting it. Claiming the lessons of the mistake I made in that drill or certain reps in the summer. Really just being able to move accordingly and know what I need to do and what I should stay away from.
Q: I talked to people who have trained with you and they said there’s no ego with Darnay, but there is no lack of confidence either. How do you strike that balance where people don’t view you as an ego driven guy but you also have that swagger to get the job done?
A: It’s really having compassion and being a humble guy. At the end of the day, I was in a lot of other people’s shoes. Come from a broken family, coming from certain different things. There are things I went through in the past that definitely strike a fire in me but also humbles me.
Q: Like all the other young players in the league you are getting a very quick course in the NFL, the defense and everything else. How difficult has that been? What’s been the biggest challenge that you have faced so far?
A: Really just slowing things down. Having the understanding that certain shifts and certain things that the offense is doing is not in my control. Really just an even keel mind, a mind that’s really just being still and at peace with everything that’s going on around me.
Q: What’s your first impression of going up against NFL receivers? What’s the biggest challenge when you are facing guys like Sterling and Golden, especially out of the slot?
A: Really just trusting your technique and having patience. Understanding (inaudible). Really being able to snap it clearly, line back up and have an understanding that you are supposed to be here and trust what you have going on.
Q: I know it seems like we are just getting started with training camp but at the same time we are just weeks away from playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Have you thought about the idea of facing their receiver and Ju-Ju Smith Schuster in particular? Have you reached a point where you have looked that far ahead?
A: I have not, we are in the present moment over here at the Giants. We are constantly just nipping in the improvements we have to make from the past scrimmage we had. We are constantly grooming ourselves and equipping ourselves with the things that need to be done.
Q: What was the punishment for fumbling after the interception?
A: Just getting schooled up about ball security. Learning pretty much. Having the understanding that I’m a developing professional so there is a lot of things I need to learn and be open to learning those things and applying those things once you make that mistake.
Q: When you got drafted the cornerback room looked a lot different than it does now. I’m wondering if when you see Sam (Beal) opt out, DeAndre (Baker) is not here does that make you feel more urgent or more pressure to be ready week one when the depth chart lost a couple guys?
A: Really just staying devoted to the grind. I respect everything that is going on around our building. Everybody is following the set standards and really me just abiding by that set standard and having that faith that when the time comes, we are going to be ready for anything that comes our way.
Q: We always hear the expression “playing bigger than one’s size.” I’m wondering when we look at you out there, it doesn’t matter if a receiver is 6’5 or 5’10 you seem to play up to the size of the competition. What is the key for that as for as your concerned?
A: Understanding that the Lord is along side of me. It’s not a battle of flesh and blood but it’s really a battle between your ears which is your mental state. Really going up there with the utmost confidence and focused approach about the task at hand.