Cornerback James Bradberry
Q: On (Rams Wide Receiver) Cooper Kupp's second touchdown, why did you not get over to the sideline? What happened there?
A: I was making my way over there. I was on the left side of the field, he crossed over, ran a flat route, he caught it and ran it into the end zone.
Q: When you hear (Head Coach Joe) Judge basically challenge the team, do you feel like that applies to you guys on defense?
A: Yeah, I think it applies to everyone that's in that meeting room. Offense, defense, special teams, everybody.
Q: As the leader in your room, do you feel like the secondary game gave their full effort in the fourth quarter?
A: I think we gave it full effort the whole game, not just the fourth quarter. First, second, third, all of them.
Q: As a cornerback, what are you trying to accomplish, what are the keys for you when they run those crossing routes? We were watching them last game, where they had some success on you.
A: It just depends what coverage we're in. Given the play call, it's going to change my responsibility and how I guard crossing routes, so it just depends on the play call.
Q: How hard is it though, especially in the red zone?
A: Yeah, it's real hard to cover, especially if you're in man it's hard to pass those plays off – and then you've got to cross the field, (there is) some traffic area there. It's definitely hard because you're fighting against the traffic with your teammates. Also, they might have a guy crossing over trying to pick you. It's a lot that you're trying to get through and get over there.
Q: What makes (Panthers Wide Receiver) D.J. (Moore) such a good wide receiver?
A: I think one, his explosiveness. He's very fast and quick. Two, he's able to judge the ball well down the field. Also, he's a very good runner after the catch. I'm not sure what his stats are, but I know when I played with him, he was very good at catching the ball on slants and creating explosive plays off of that.
Q: But it probably helps to know him?
A: Oh, for sure. I've been against him before, and of course I watch film on him now. I think I know him.
Q: Going back to your free agency, did it bother you that they didn't value you as much as the Giants valued you?
A: No, not really, because it's a busines at the end of the day and I understood what was going on towards the end of my career there. (Former Panthers Head Coach and Current Washington Football Team Head Coach) Coach Rivera got fired, they had a new coaching staff coming in. Honestly, they had new personnel upstairs as well with GMs, new contract guys coming in. I kind of got a feel for it, I knew my time there wasn't going to be long.
Q: With that being said, anything special for you to play them?
A: Of course, it's special because that's where I started. I know some guys still on that defense and some guys on that offense, so I think it's going to be special to see some of my old teammates. As far as me having animosity or anything towards them, they weren't there when I was there, so I can't really blame them for not keeping me.
Q: Their quarterback is new too – he's opened some eyes with his rushing this year. What are you more concerned about with (Panthers Quarterback) Sam Darnold? His arm, legs or both?
A: I'm concerned with both. Anytime you face a quarterback that has the ability to run, it kind of worries you a little bit because they also have good receivers. You've got to go after the receivers and then after you go after the pass, he might run it. It's two things you've got to account for. He definitely has a strong arm. I've noticed clips on Twitter and stuff. He throws a really pretty ball, and he's very accurate.
Q: Their head coach made a comment basically that they want to run the ball, 30 to 35 runs or big numbers like that. How much do you pay attention to that?
A: We pay attention to it a little bit. You can't really get caught up on it because you never know what they're going to do on Sunday. We study tendencies throughout the week, I'm sure they study their tendencies as well, but sometimes when they get to Sunday, they might switch it up. You're paying attention to it, but I wouldn't harp on it too much.
At a minimum, I thought the D would be good. But it's sucked.