NYG Postgame (vs. Arizona Cardinals) Transcripts: QB Daniel Jones
December 13, 2020
Q: How much did you feel hampered by your hamstring injury out there? You weren’t able to run like you usually do, how much did that affect your approach today?
A: I think I wasn’t able to run like I normally do, but I felt good during the game. I’m not sure it hampered too much, I was able to move around the pocket and do what I needed to do throwing the ball. I think I got to do better with that still.
Q: How did you feel by the end of the game? It seemed like you were limping around more than you were at the start of the game?
A: Yeah, it wore on me a bit during the game. Just got to do a good job staying on top of it and making sure it’s healing up like it should.
Q: There were a couple of plays where it seemed like you normally would have pulled the ball and run, or extended the play on some of those sacks. Was that something that you physically couldn’t do, or was that a rule that you weren’t allowed to do so?
A: I think, like I said, I wasn’t running like I’m used to. So that may have played into certain situations like that, but I think I need to do a better job getting the ball out of my hand and finding the open guy. I was holding the ball a little bit and that put a lot of pressure on those guys up front.
Q: Did you feel like you did anything today that would jeopardize your ability to play next week against the Browns?
A: No, I don’t think so.
Q: How disappointing is it to have a game like this after all the hard work it took to get back?
A: It’s extremely disappointing for all of us. I think to play like that, and not execute throughout the whole game, not move the ball well on offense, was certainly disappointing for all of us. We had a good week of practice and felt like we were prepared, but it’s about what you do on Sundays and we didn’t get it done, so I’m certainly disappointed for all of us.
Q: Looked like Arizona got to you with the four-man pass rush. Wayne (Gallman) said earlier that it looked like they did some things that you hadn’t seen before, is that correct?
A: They had a good game plan going in, a few different things, but every team does every week. We got to do a better job identifying, I have to do a better job with that and getting the ball out on time.
Q: Do you think you not being able to run changed their defensive approach since you weren’t a threat to get out of the pocket?
A: I think it could have, yes. I want to look at the tape and see a couple plays and see how exactly they played a few of them, but yes, it could have.
Q: When you were hobbling pretty bad on that last drive, was it the hamstring or something else?
A: Just dealing with a hamstring, and the general bumps and bruises from playing the game. Got to make sure I stay on top of it and heal up this week.
Q: As an athlete, you always want to push to play. Do you regret pushing to play early enough that you weren’t 100%?
A: No, I don’t regret it. I felt good enough to play, I felt like I could do everything I needed to do throughout the game. So no, I don’t have any regrets about that.
Q: On the 3rd & 1 where you went deep down the right to (Sterling) Shep(ard), did you change the play at the line there? What did you see?
A: No, I didn’t change the play. We went through a couple of cadences and got the play in. Saw a matchup there, and I need to give him a better chance to make that play.
Q: Until the last drive there, the only reception that (Sterling) Shepard, (Evan) Engram and (Golden) Tate had was the one to set up the touchdown. Were your receivers getting enough separation? Did they not do a good enough job? Why did your playmakers come up empty today?
A: I certainly have to look at the tape and see what exactly they were doing, but I know there were some opportunities; guys were getting separation and winning, and I have to do a better job of finding them and getting the ball to them in those situations. Arizona deserves a lot of credit, they played well, and like I said, we’ll look at the tape and learn from it and go from here.
Q: When one guy is having as much success as Hassan Redick was to get five sacks and three forced fumbles, are you looking for him before each snap, identifying him like you would a regular pass rusher?
A: They got good guys up front, guys who can affect a passer and cause disruption in the backfield, so we certainly had to account for all of them. And like I said, I have to do a better job of getting the ball out on time and taking some of the pressure off the guys up front.
Q: Was there anything you had to get checked out after the game?
A: Just general bumps and bruises and staying on top of the hamstring. Just trying to get in front of it as we look forward to next week.
Q: You had been pretty good the last three games with no turnovers and fumbles lost, you put the ball on the ground three different times today. Was there anything to it that you can put your finger on in that regard?
A: Just got to do a better job with it. Just got to protect the ball.