WR Darius Slayton
October 2, 2020
Q: Much has been made about the running game struggling. I’m just wondering what are some of the things you guys as receivers can do to help that?
A: All we can really do is try to take care of the guys we have, our respective run responsibilities on each play. All we can do is try to get the safeties and corners blocked, and when it calls for it maybe a linebacker or something, and just make sure we get our guy when it’s our turn.
Q: Do you feel you guys have been doing a good enough job with that downfield blocking?
A: I think we’ve done a pretty good job so far. We haven’t necessarily broken a lot of long runs, so I guess you can say our downfield blocking hasn’t necessarily been tested yet. But I believe we’ve been in position to make those blocks if the situation had arose.
Q: Joe (Judge) and Jason (Garrett) were talking about what’s missing from the offense has been the big play. How do you generate big plays?
A: I think it starts with kind of like we were just talking about running the ball. Obviously, if you run the ball effectively, then defenses tend to come up a little bit closer and it’s a little bit easier to get behind people. Obviously, that’s something that I consider a skill of mine, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that. But I know as well my teammates are also capable of doing those things.
Q: Do you notice you’re getting more coverage since (Sterling) Shep has been out?
A: I can’t say anything in specific per se. But I don’t know necessarily what that’s because of, if Shep is out or what.
Q: Coach Judge said today he loved the way Daniel (Jones) has come out this week after the game. What have you seen out of Daniel just in practice, kind of how he’s responding to this tough start here?
A: The same Daniel Jones I’ve always known since my first day coming here. He came out poised, ready to practice, ready to work. I know he’s not going to be shaken by whatever, our slow start or what have you. Like Coach Judge said, he came out this week ready to go to work. I’m proud of him and ready to follow him.
Q: Did you notice anything specific, determination or just kind of itching to get it done from him?
A: I wouldn’t say that because that’s almost kind of like reaching for results to a degree. I think just more so just ready. I think him, as well as our team, we’re all just ready to put a full game together and get a win.
Q: What’s been the thought process from you guys on the lack of points early this year? What makes you think that’s going to change?
A: First, the thought process is we have to be better as a whole. Obviously, we have to execute better. That’s the thought process. The encouraging thing is when you cool down and you watch film, you see things that are correctable. You see things that aren’t what the opposing team is doing but what we’re doing to ourselves that we can stop. That’s the encouraging thing. I think we’re believers that once we get out of our own way, we’ll have a chance to be pretty good.