Safety Jabrill Peppers
Q: Going back to last year, you never came off the field, is it difficult only playing 50 percent of the snaps in the game like that?
A: It's different.
Q: Do you expect that to be the case going forward or is that game plan-specific?
A: Right now, it's just the game plan right now. Whatever the coaches think is best for that week, that's what it's going to be.
Q: You're a player who plays off of emotion, is it hard to be the guy you are used to being if you're in and out?
A: You could say that.
Q: What's your mindset for this week?
A: When my number is called, do a better job than I did last week. I've got to play better press technique. When my number is called just make sure I do what I've got to do.
Q: How do you feel like you played when you were out there in Week 1?
A: Sub-par. I gave up two big third downs. I gave up a catch in the red zone. I don't believe – I don't think that one was for the first down, but still nonetheless, the standard I hold myself to, those are routes that I usually cover in my sleep. It is what it is, I've just got to go back to the drawing board, hone in and get better.
Q: Was your snap count the plan going in or was that a reaction to how you were playing or how things were going?
A: I don't know.
Q: Like did you expect that? Did you know that was coming?
A: I guess you could say that. Yeah, I guess you could say that.
Q: They've always said about you that the more you do the better you do with it. If they peel you back and you say that those are routes that you cover in your sleep, did one affect the other you think?
A: I'm not going to say that. I've got to cover better. Point blank.
Q: You're a pretty prideful player from what we've seen, are you a little upset?
A: Week 1 didn't go the way we wanted it to, but luckily, it's a short week, and we can get this bad taste out of our mouth and go out there and play New York Giants football.
Q: Do you feel personally a little bit more importance on this game?
A: Well, I mean, every game is important. This is a division game. We don't like them. They don't like us. So that's where my head's at right now.
Q: Would it be fair to say that the defense had a really tough first game and that it's frustrating not being able to help change that when you're out there?
A: It's fair to say.
Q: As far as when you're handling punt returns, is it necessary to have fresh legs for that? Like to not play as much on defense because then you have your full-go on punts?
A: I don't know. I think it comes down to conditioning. Like I said, if I wasn't returning the punts, I'd be covering someone on fourth down or I'd be running to the ball on fourth down. It's really all the same. I've just got the ball in my hands now and instead of reacting, the guys have to react to me now.
Q: You don't know what your role is going to be going forward, right?
A: That's week to week. That's something you've got to talk to (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) about.
Q: How will you handle that this is your new role?
A: I've got to do whatever is best for the team.
Q: You're proud of yourself, you're proud of the team – starting like this as a team, how do you get yourselves up and into a better place so quickly for such a big game? Do you feel the pressure of this being a big game?
A: Every game is a big game. We're professionals, that comes in your job description. You have to be ready to go each and every week, no matter if it's three days, four days or a whole week, it doesn't matter. Guys will definitely be ready. (We've) just got to come in here, get the work, take the coaching, really watch what the (Washington) Football Team is doing, and go out there and execute the game plan.