Quarterback Daniel Jones
August 3, 2021
Q: Daniel, you were at the bottom of the pile there in the fight, what happened? What made you want to go running like that?
A: We were just competing and everyone was excited, first day of pads. I think we’ve got to do a better job controlling that and making sure that we’re controlling our enthusiasm and excitement.
Q: Down at the bottom of the pile with 90 grown men around you, what were you thinking?
A: I was fine. I was all good. No problem.
Q: (Head) Coach (Joe) Judge got the message across then?
A: Yeah. I think, yeah. There’s consequences for that kind of stuff and that’s the way it is in the game. If you lose your cool, there’s consequences and that hurts the team, so that was the message and everyone understands that.
Q: Have you ever seen him that angry before?
A: Yeah, he’s a pretty – he can get excited, and I think the guys respond to it and I think we certainly got the message today.
Q: Daniel, some people would say the starting quarterback can kind of stay out of that. What made you want to run in and participate?
A: I’m part of the team. Part of the team and part of the offense and we’re competing, so I don’t see myself separated from that.
Q: How were things going up to that point? The offense seemed to be doing pretty well before.
A: Yeah, we had some good plays and the defense had some good plays. I thought it was good competition and kind of going back and forth a little bit. We’ve got to keep improving, keep focusing on certain things and keep taking steps forward, but I thought we were executing before that alright.
Q: Daniel, (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) went off at one point holding his hamstring. What’s your concern there? A hamstring usually means you miss a couple practices, what’ll that do to your guys’ chemistry?
A: I haven’t gotten a chance to speak with Kenny yet. That’s something that you’re going to have to ask Joe.
Q: But assuming he can’t practice, what would that do?
A: I mean, I don’t want to assume anything. Kenny’s worked real hard and I feel good about the progress we’ve made, so we’ll keep working.
Q: What did you think of the initial hit on (Running Back) Corey (Clement) that started that fight?
A: I don’t know. I think both sides there was issues with people losing their cool and as an offense and as a team, we got to do a better job in that situation.
Q: Are you OK?
A: I feel great.
Q: Did you have a pass hit the ground today? Did you have any incompletions today?
A: I’m not sure. I’ve got to look at the tape. I’m sure there was a few I’d like to have back. You know, get it out of my hands quicker and see it quicker and be more accurate at times. Just keep working, but I thought we executed a little better.
Q: Daniel, sometimes in the first day in pads some young guys get a little overheated and don’t really understand the tempo, but these were prominent team captain kind of guys who were starting it really. Is that either troubling or is that something that needs to be looked at and say we need to not do this?
A: I think for one, the energy and the excitement and willingness to compete and wanting to compete is all positive. I think regardless of who it is – people who are excited to be here, people who want to play football, who want to compete. Right now, the opponent’s the defense. Their opponent’s us, so we’re competing against each other. But like I said, we’ve got to do a better job of handling it.
Q: There are moments with every team whether they’re successful or not that kind of define what they are. Do you feel like, I know it’s just happened, this is one of those moments that will kind of go a long way to finding out what this team’s all about?
A: I don’t know if we can say that at this point. It’s not our job to get into analyzing the situation, but there’s a lesson to learn here and I think guys certainly will.
Q: What’s it like to have (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) back on the field and how important is that for him and you to get to work together? You really haven’t had much work at all.
A: It’s good to see him out there. We’ll keep working and talking and building that chemistry. He’s a talented guy and can make a lot of plays, so we’re excited to get him out there.
Q: What’d you see from him?
A: I think you see that. I think you see his athleticism, his twitch, his quickness and that’s exciting.
Q: Daniel, was it hard to run after a long practice in full pads for the first time? You guys were going up and down the field and doing pushups, were you getting gassed doing all this stuff?
A: Yeah, I think that was the idea to make it hard.
Q: Joe said this morning about the idea for everybody, especially for you guys offensively and even you personally, not to ride the rollercoaster of camp and the good days, bad days, good plays, bad plays. Is that something that you’ve kind of appreciated so far in this camp that you don’t want to get too high or too low?
A: Yeah, I think the biggest thing through camp for me, for any position, is understanding it’s a process. It’s not being caught up in the results or trying to evaluate if it was a good day or a bad day. There’s lessons you’ve got to learn from each day and focus on that, focus on improving here and there and not really getting into judging a day or evaluating a day or evaluating a string of days. It’s about building something and trusting that process.
Q: You talked about there is a lesson to be learned from that incident, what is that lesson in your mind?
A: Just we’ve got to control our energy and our enthusiasm and wanting to compete. I think we’ve got to control that and be able to harness that and make it productive towards what we’re trying to do.
Q: Would you be surprised if anything like that ever happened again as long as Coach Judge is the coach?
A: Yeah, it’d probably be pretty surprising.
Q: Joe can use some language, any new ones out there or just more of the same recycled?
A: I don’t know. I think he definitely got his point across and people understood exactly what he was trying to say.