NYG Postgame (vs. Broncos) Transcripts: QB Daniel Jones
September 12, 2021
Q: Obviously, the turnover was a big part of the game. Take us through that, would you do anything different if you had to do it again?
A: Yeah, you certainly try to protect the ball better. You try to get two hands on it but didn’t secure it tight enough.
Q: Is that a situation where you if you had to do it again, maybe you slide instead of putting your head down and lowering your shoulder a little bit?
A: I'll have to look at it and look at the play. But it’s certainly something I’ve got to improve on and I’ll learn from and keep moving forward.
Q: How crushing was that in regards to the context of the game. You needed to score there and it was such a big spot and you were moving and all of a sudden the turnover happens?
Q: Yeah, turnovers are always going to hurt you at any point in the game and they’re big plays. We've got to do a good job of taking care of the ball and you’ve gotta do a good job. But we’ll keep moving forward and keep improving.
Q: Scoring was an issue for you guys last year. Why do you think you can’t get to that point where the offense is scoring 20 to 30 points?
A: I think it's about executing. It's about correcting certain things and making plays because it’s plays we can make. The plays, we’ve got people on the team that can make them. We’ve got everything we need. It’s just about doing it. We’ve done it in practice and we've done it at spots. We’ve just got to be more consistent with it. So, it's about studying it, learning from it and moving forward. I know we can do it and we’ve got to show that.
Q: What can you learn from the turnover in that spot? What can you take away from it to get better for next time?
A: Just protecting the ball better and keeping it tight.
Q: On the next run that you had in the next series, you actually slid. Was that a conscious adjustment from the first time to say, ‘now, I should actually slide’?
A: It was a different situation, different scenario. So, I’ll look at it on film and study it and continue working on it.
Q: Did you feel as though there was a late hit on you on that slide?
A: I don't know. It’s a situation that he was trying to make a tackle and I was going down, so I don't think it was malicious, but I’m not a referee.
Q: After Shep’s (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard) touchdown, I think it was 31 to four offensive snaps for Denver and you guys were only out there for three times and then your kneel down at the end before you touched the ball again in the second half. Did you feel like you guys were on the sideline for as long as it actually was in real time?
A: Yeah, we’ve got to do a better job of sustaining drives early in the game and staying on the field. I think that was big. Sometimes the games are going to go like that and that's kind of just the rhythm of it. So, it's about understanding that and being able to adapt and make plays when we get out there.
Q: First time in front of fans in MetLife since the end of 2019, how frustrating and disappointing was it to have that kind of performance today?
A: Yeah, certainly disappointing. The fans showed up and brought a lot of energy, brought a lot of excitement and we’ve got to do a better job performing and playing well. We appreciate that and we're determined to get it right.
Q: You had a little bit of practice time with (Wide Receiver Kenny) Golladay and (Tight End Kyle) Rudolph. What was it like going to them in the game today?
A: It was good. I thought both those guys made some plays. Kenny stepped up there at the end and made a number of big catches, so I’ve got to do a better job finding him and making sure we’re getting him the ball. We’ll continue to work, continue to study ourselves and I think those two guys will be big for us.
Q: After the long pass to (Wide Receiver) Darius (Slayton) early in the game, you guys were set up in the Broncos territory. How harmful were the two back-to-back negative plays to put you out of field goal range and in a tough spot?
A: Anytime you have negative yardage plays, particularly right there in field goal range, those are crucial plays. That’s on all of us to make sure we're executing those big plays. We'll continue to look at those things as we look at the whole game and correct it and move forward.
Q: As an offense, do you have to fight being discouraged by not seeing the points on the board if you’re moving the ball at times? Is it hard not to be discouraged when you end up with seven or 13 or whatever it is?
A: Yeah, we certainly expect to score more points and expect to convert those opportunities in the red zone. I think as a group we're not going to get emotional about it or get too discouraged or down but look at actually what happened and what we can correct in certain situations to score those touchdowns. There's a number of things that we didn't do well and we're not going to let ourselves get emotionally down or disappointed as a group and understand we've got to come back for the game Thursday night.
Q: What did you see from (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley)?
A: I thought he played well. He got in and he ran the ball hard and had a couple of catches, so we'll continue to get him the ball and he’ll be a big player for us.
Q: As him and Kenny kind of get up to speed coming off injuries, is Sterling kind of like a security blanket for you? It seems like late in the game you connected with him and you found him for the one touchdown. Is Shep kind of emerging as one of your go-to-guys as those guys kind of get up to speed?
A: I mean, we’ve got a number of guys who can make plays and he’s certainly one of them. He stepped up and played really well tonight. He got open and caught the ball, made plays after the catch. He stepped up for us. We'll continue to spread the ball and get the ball to everybody, but he certainly played well.
Q: Did those late connections with Kenny, can that be a silver lining? Like kind of developing a rhythm with him and doing it in a game and seeing what you can do?
A: Yeah, I think that was valuable time to get out there and make some plays. Like I said, he played well and made a number of big plays there at the end and we'll continue to try to get him the ball.