Cornerback Darnay Holmes
August 5, 2021
Q: As a guy who spends a lot of time in the slot, you’ve found a lot work against Shep (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard), what kind of work is that for you?
A: With that guy right there, Sterling Shepard, it’s a lot of diligent work. He’s a crafty player, a player that I love facing each and every day, and at the end of the day, he is getting me better and I’m getting him better.
Q: You’re not a rookie anymore, he’s a veteran, is it different battles than last year?
A: I’m still facing the same battles that I was last year. At the end of the day, I’m still the same person. I’m growing as a person, as well. He got better this offseason and I got better this offseason, so I’m just learning about the game and learning more about him as well.
Q: Shep mentioned that he pulls you aside after you guys have a rep and actually tries to tell you what maybe you should have done. How valuable is that to have a guy that’s been in the league and is looking to pull corners aside and can do that like that?
A: Yeah, that’s just that big brother mentorship that we’ve got going on. At the end of the day, I practice and I’m always right by him. I ask him different questions of what I should have done and what I shouldn’t have done, so just having him in my circle is something that’s a blessing to have for sure.
Q: Some people think he’s having his one of his best camps, maybe his best camp. Does he seem especially sharp to you?
A: Yeah, he’s always been a great player for me. Seeing him out there having fun, being creative on all of his routes, I’m seeing the Sterling Shepard that I always thought I saw.
Q: What impresses you so far about #89, the rookie (Wide Receiver) Kadarius Toney?
A: He’s a great guy. Off the field, he’s a great guy. On the field, he’s a twitchy guy. He’s just a guy that you love to have on your team.
Q: A twitchy guy?
Q: How do you feel like camp’s been going for you so far?
A: Camp has been an ongoing process for me. I’ve been in the slot more and they’re throwing new things at me, so I’ve got to be able to respond to different things. But knowing where I‘m supposed to be going and so I’m just taking it day by day.
Q: You have a little background with (Cornerback) Adoree’ (Jackson), you’ve known him for a while. How cool was it when you found out he might come here and then when he signed, how special was that for you? He was a little bit older, but obviously the same area and all that.
A: Definitely, definitely. It’s a blessing having him here. It’s crazy, at the start he was somebody I always looked up to so having him in my ear and having him as an induvial in the locker room is something special for sure.
Q: How much more do you think you know about this defense than you did last year? It’s the same system, same coach, things like that. Do you feel light years different than last year?
A: I definitely feel more in-tune with the defense, more in-tune with the scheme.
Q: Do you sense everybody feels that way with things happening faster on defense and guys know what (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator) Pat Graham’s system is now?
A: I feel like we are just more in-tune with each other. Last year was just a different year overall, so we’re in here in OTAs and we’re in here in minicamp to learn each other more and we’re able to bond off the field. So pretty much when we hit the field, we all know what our values are and what are morals are. We’re are all after the same thing.
Q: Looking back, you had a strange rookie experience when it started with the whole COVID and the Zooms. No rookies have ever gone through stuff like that?
A: Yeah, definitely. It’s just the hand I was dealt and I feel like we handled it great. I appreciate the organization and the tools that they gave us, and they pretty much gave us everything we needed and we utilized it pretty well.