CB Adoree’ Jackson
June 10, 2021
Q. When you came in here, the Giants obviously paid you a lot of money, do you come in here saying to yourself, ‘I’m the starting cornerback’, or do you say, ‘I have to show everyone why they paid me this money’?
ADOREE' JACKSON: I came in with the mindset like I’m a rookie all over again. Just trying to come prove myself, just trying to get respect from my peers – obviously I played with some, some time had changed, things had changed and everything's different when you go place to place. So I'm just trying to prove myself and show these guys that I'm willing to learn and play for the team and do everything to the best of my ability.
Q. How do you feel about the prospect of playing a lot of man-to-man here? Pat Graham said that's something you have to do in this league in order to be successful.
ADOREE' JACKSON: You look at the NFL, it's a passing league, so whether it's man to man, zone, match, whatever it may be, just have to play it and be versatile. I’m excited for the challenge. That’s the best thing about playing ball, every week it’s a new challenge and that's the best part about it.
Q. How much did you play man previously in Tennessee?
ADOREE' JACKSON: I thought we played man a lot, that's what I feel like, I don't know. Pretty much everything down the field turns to man anyways-- that's pretty much what it is. Basically out there man, the quarterback may scramble, you just have to have good eyes and make plays.
Q. Did you relish that opportunity to say, okay, I'm going against this guy most of the game and my job, it's a one-on-one match up, you want to shut him down, obviously.
ADOREE' JACKSON: That's the best part of playing defense. I was asked in high school what I liked more, going and scoring a touchdown or making a defensive stop and I feel like getting a defensive stop is way better, because you get the life out of the crowd if you’re away, and if you’re at home it just seems like they are way more fired up then when the offense scores. I always took honor and cherished playing defense.
Q. You knew some of the guys you were getting involved here with the Giants and you knew some of them personally and you knew the names. What did you learn about everybody on the field this week and what you guys can be as a secondary?
ADOREE' JACKSON: So what was crazy was, I met most of them out there in Tampa when we were out there working with Logan (Ryan) so that was actually cool to do to meet everybody, see how we gel, the communication and competition part, and I think that's what I learned about everybody here about competing, everybody can seek advice out from each other, and if they have a question, or whatever it may be, it's not like somebody withholds the information from you, they all want to see everyone eat and do well, so that's what I appreciate most about coming to the secondary. It's fun and it's exciting to be around.
Q. What kind of potential do you think the secondary has?
ADOREE' JACKSON: It's only the third day, so it's just us trying to build what we want to do and what we want to be and everybody wants to be great. When we go out on the field, nobody wants to make mistakes, everyone wants to do their best out there and I think just hold each other accountable but that's the best thing we can do so we don't want to put expectations on what we want to do. We just want to go out there and compete and just show it for ourselves.
Q. After finishing the mini-camp, how do you feel you are right now?
ADOREE' JACKSON: Alive, I feel great. To be honest it's a blessing to be out here playing ball with the guys and see your teammates and see smiles and compete and to learn from each other. I talk to my mom, I talk to my old lady and they ask me how I’m doing, and I tell everybody I feel like -- it's a blessing to be here and be able to play. So no matter what is going on, if it's hot, cold, whatever it may be, just happy.
Q. You guys seemed to get quite a bit out of those meetings down at Logan's place in Florida. Do you have any plans now between now and start of training camp for the defensive backs to get together or other players?
ADOREE' JACKSON: We haven't discussed it too much, but I'm on the West Coast, I told them to come out to the West Coast, that flight from L.A. down to Tampa was too far for me so if I can get them to come out that way, that would be perfect so we can go hang out. That's for sure a thing we are going to talk about and discuss and see what everybody's up to.