Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: Take us through the one-handed grab.
A: Yeah, it was a pretty unathletic route getting out there, so he put it out there for me and I just tried to pull it in. Good play, good design, something we'd worked on all week. Good throw by (Wide Receiver) Dante (Pettis).
Q: (Defensive Back) Logan (Ryan) said something about your basketball skills and that he wants to get you out there one-on-one. What do you have to say about that?
A: (Laughs) I like my chances against Logan and a lot of those guys in that locker room.
Q: It was Marvel day today, was that you channeling some of your superhuman abilities the way that you were running, throwing and catching?
A: No, I don't think it was anything like that. Just trusting what we had prepared and what we worked on all week and trying to execute.
Q: What were you thinking when that play was finally called? You worked on it in practice, but it's different to know that it's actually happening.
A: Yeah, just trust in that. I think that's the biggest thing is going through the same process you did all week through the play, recognizing the look we're getting and trying to execute it like we practiced. Just trying to do that.
Q: You got hit pretty good at the end of the play. Was it almost a helmet-to-helmet situation?
A: I'm not sure, I have to go back and look at it.
Q: As far as the way you guys played today, did you know that you would have to absorb some punishment this game in order to get some things done?
A: It's always a physical game. That's a good defense we were going up against. A lot of speed on that defense, they're an aggressive defense and so we knew it would be that kind of game. We expected it to be a physical game and I thought we did a good job executing the plan.
Q: When's the last time you had a reception in a game?
A: I don't remember one.
Q: Not even back in high school?
A: Yeah, maybe I did, but I don't remember one.
Q: How much do you think your athleticism surprises people? It's not something that when you came into the league you were known as a slinger and an athletic quarterback, you were known as a pocket passer. Do you think with the way that you've run and now catching passes that people are taken by surprise?
A: I don't know. I don't know how athletic people perceive me to be, but I just try to make plays when the opportunities are there.
Q: When you worked that play in practice, how many times was the throw as catchable as it was today? I'm sure there were some horrible throws and some really good ones. How many times was it in that middle ground where you could have gotten it?
A: I think it was a good throw. I don't think the route was very good and I don't think I was moving very fast. I've been on the other end of that, so I get mad at guys and I did the same thing there. I think it was a good throw and Dante's thrown it well all week. He's done a good job with it and just tried to execute it.
Q: How many times have people mentioned (Browns Wide Receiver) Odell (Beckham Jr.) to you since the game ended?
A: Nobody has said it to me. That might be the first one.
Q: What was the mindset right before the game and you found out (Wide Receiver Sterling) Shepard can't make it? You as the quarterback, what is your mindset at that point?
A: Yeah, he's been a really good player for us. Made a lot of plays. Obviously, have a lot of chemistry with him, but we've got guys who can step up and it's a deep group of receivers. A group that we've practiced with a lot. Dante came in, played big time for us. Trust in that, trust in the preparation with those guys and those guys being ready and they were.
Q: You don't feel more pressure on your shoulders?
A: No, no, complete trust in them and those guys stepped up and played really well.
Q: After the catch, you guys still had to go down there and get in the endzone and it turned out to be conventional using Dante. On that specific play, you guys executed that rub route that killed your defense last week. How satisfying was it to see him catch that with no flags and get it into the endzone and get a touchdown?
A: Yeah, that was big finishing with a touchdown there. Dante did a great job executing that play. Something we've worked on a lot and we've put an emphasis on finishing those drives down there. There were a couple instances we can do better with that, so we'll look to work on those things. That play was a bigtime play by him and well executed.
Q: How deflating was it for you when they overturned the (Tight End) Kyle Rudolph touchdown and then you couldn't get it into the endzone?
A: Disappointing not to score, but that's part of the game. It's going to be back and forth, they're going to make plays and I thought we did a good job staying with it, keeping our composure and keeping going when we got the ball back.
Q: Who throws a better ball? (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) or Dante?
A: I don't know, they both can throw it pretty well.
Q: After the first six weeks, how much did you guys need this win to just validate what you're going through?
A: Yeah, I think it was an important win for us. We've had some tough games and some close games, but we believe in who we are as a team, what we're doing as a team and where we're going. We've just got to keep trusting that. Correct things that didn't go well today and build off the things that went well. It's a process and we understand that, and we certainly trust and have a lot of belief in what we're doing.
Q: Did you like how (Offensive Coordinator) Jason (Garrett)'s game plan weighed heavily on your versatility. It seemed like it was a creative game plan and it weighed heavily on you.
A: Yeah, I thought it was a really good plan going in and like I said, there's several different things that we practiced throughout the week. Understanding what that defense does well – their aggressiveness, their speed on defense and then planning according to that. I thought it was a great plan going in and I thought we did a good job executing it.