Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: Burning question for you, (Defensive Back) Logan (Ryan) said you were reading a book on the way home from Dallas. What were you reading?
A: What was I reading? I think it was Ryan Holiday, one of his books, 'Stillness Is the Key.'
Q: You said you didn't forget anything.
A: Yeah, I was good to read, and I felt good (laughs).
Q: How'd you feel like the guys came out today obviously coming off a tough loss? I know (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) challenged guys to see who was willing to play all 60 minutes and all that? How did you feel like everybody responded today?
A: I thought well. I thought we put an emphasis – Coach put an emphasis on fundamentals and coming off the ball and practicing fast and kind of the speed of the game, like what you're talking about. I thought we did that. I thought it was a physical practice and I think guys responded.
Q: When you got a chance to look at the film, what stuck out to you that wasn't totally apparent after the game about how you played, like you personally?
A: I don't know, I think like any game, there are good things and bad things. There was certainly good in the game and things we can build on, things I can build on. We've got to get rid of the mistakes and the stuff that's holding us back. You try to look at each play separately, how it adds to the whole, but what was going on in that specific play and learning from that, so lots to learn from.
Q: A couple of weeks ago I asked you the impact of having (Tackle) Andrew (Thomas) playing so well and what that did for you. What does it do now that he's not going to be in the lineup?
A: Like I said, he's played well, and I hate to see him go down. I know he's dealing with a lot with those injuries. We've got a lot of confidence in the guys stepping up and (Tackle) Matt's (Peart) played at a really high level this season as well, so he'll step in and whoever else is in there we have a ton of confidence in. Looking forward to working with them.
Q: Do you at times have to make a conscious effort to not speed things up? Maybe things are breaking down a little bit, obviously you're back there with the ball and you've got to make quick decisions, but to not go too fast and make sure you scan and see everything to make the right play?
A: Yeah, I think that just comes within making reads and playing the position. I think it's understanding when to get the ball out of your hands, trusting the read and going through it and being true to that. That's my job, how you play quarterback, so definitely something I've got to continue to do.
Q: Is there a certain crisis management some plays when things break down quickly and all of a sudden, it's like, 'Okay, I can't do what I want to do on this play,' so you have to quickly go to the next thing? How difficult is that?
A: I think that's a big part of the position and Coach (Jason) Garrett talks about it a lot. The plays not – we'd hope for it to be perfect every time, but the reality in pro football and for everyone across the league is it doesn't work out perfect, so it's about managing situations and avoiding the bad plays.
Q: You're down so many receivers, tight ends, running backs this season, your offensive line's been in flux. I know you guys have the 'next man up mentality', but how hard is it to keep it up, when you just never have that consistency of personnel?
A: It changes things up here and there and (it's) tough to go without guys. But like you said, we've got guys who have stepped up and we've got guys who can make plays and guys who can do a lot of things, who bring a lot of different things to the table. It's about playing to those strengths and I'm confident, and I think we're confident as a group, that we'll be able to perform.
Q: Does it ever make you wonder a little bit about what this offense could have been if you had everybody out on the field the way you were planning?
A: I think our focus is on what we're doing this week and preparing with this game plan and getting ready to go.
Q: How much does the identity of the offense change with – I know you guys come into the season and you're planning on (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) to be a big piece and eventually getting healthy. But when you don't have him, how much does the whole look of it change in your mind?
A: He's a dynamic player, obviously. He brings a lot to the table. I think within the game plan and what we plan to do, we kind of structure it towards the strengths of the guys we have and like I said, we have a lot of good players who bring a lot to the table. When we plan and when we go through the week, that's the idea, is to get the ball in those guy's hands and tailor it to what they do well.
Q: With that hit in Dallas, does that make you reconsider how you run the ball, and do you have to make any changes to be a little less risky as far as putting yourself in harm's way?
A: I think the Dallas hit was one thing, but I think I've realized that through these first couple of years and it's certainly something I need to do better. Yeah, I'll keep working on it.
Q: Is that just a really hard thing for you to get through in the heat of the moment to not take on that hit?
A: I think 3rd-and-one on the goal line is a little different situation than some of the situations I've been in in the past. Yeah, I think I definitely need to do a better job in some of those situations getting down.
Q: In 20-20 hindsight on that play, did you see (Tight End Kyle) Rudolph kind of alone?
A: That wasn't really the idea there and I could've communicated a little better.
Q: One of the things that Joe said was that one of the reasons why he thinks that you play so aggressively when you're running is that you don't want to be considered different than the other guys...(inaudible)
A: I think that's part of it. I think I've always kind of felt that way as I'm trying to compete, get as much as I can out of certain plays like anyone else would and like other guys do when they have the ball in their hands. Like I said, there are situations I can learn from and do a better job protecting myself and protecting the ball.
Q: Speaking of Rudolph, one of the reasons he was brought in is he's a big red zone target. That's what he does. Why do you think he hasn't been more involved in this offense?
A: I think certainly it's something we're focused on in the red zone is using him and making him a big weapon for us down there. I've got to do a better job in a lot of those situations getting him the ball in situations he can score, but that's something he does well and something we're working on.
Q: Do the Panthers mean anything to you? I know that was kind of your childhood team.
A: It's cool. I grew up pulling for them in Charlotte, and certainly still have a lot of friends who are Panthers fans, so I think that's cool to be able to play them. But it's another game, we're preparing like we always do.
Q: Are they rooting for you or are they rooting for the Panthers? How does that work?
A: I hope they're rooting for me. I've probably got some who are still Panthers fans.
Q: Who was your guy growing up?
A: I liked (Former Panthers Quarterback) Jake Delhomme a lot and (Former Panthers Wide Receiver) Steve Smith. Growing up, I was a big Steve Smith guy. Just the way he played and his toughness, the way he competed, I always loved watching him.
Q: How much did you get to know (Panthers Quarterback) Sam (Darnold)? You guys were in the market here together.
A: I got to know him a good bit and I've obviously watched him a lot. He's had a good start to the season, so always pulling for him.
Q: When you look back on last week – I mean, you started the season so well. When you look back on last week, what went wrong?
A: I think it's just forcing things that weren't there and bad decisions that set us back. I think just not staying true to the reads, some of the things we were talking about earlier and trusting that. I've got to understand that, understand what went wrong, what I was thinking and make sure I correct it.