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Transcript: Running Back Devontae Booker

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/5/2021 3:11 pm
Running Back Devontae Booker

Q: Revenge game?

A: Not really. It's just another team, go out and just play and have fun as I do every week.

Q: I said that as a joke – but playing against your former team, how much of a special feeling does it have for you?

A: Shoot, I don't really have any special feelings. Like I said, it's just another team to go out and play and just have fun as I do every week.

Q: How much do you feel like you kind of found your groove on Monday night?

A: I got a little bit into a groove getting some touches and (was) able to be in the open field and run and help my team out in any way as I could.

Q: Have you gotten more of a groove as (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) has missed more games? Like do you feel almost like a starting running back again?

A: I'm not sure. It's just being prepared and going out there and when my number is called – I have an opportunity to just go and play. That's really been the main thing for me week in and week out is just going out and having fun at the end of the day.

­­Q: What's it been like in the running backs room this week where you've had all of the guys kind of in and out with the COVID stuff?

A: I mean, it's been pretty much me in there (laughs). I'm looking around like, 'where's everybody at?' But it's been tough, but just got to learn how to work through it and be safe.

Q: Were you nervous when you went to get your COVID test?

A: I'm not going to lie I was because everybody – they made all of us test and I'm starting to think on it and going to the trailer and standing in line for forever just to get my test. I'm like, 'I hope this isn't anything positive.' But I'm all good and ready to roll.

Q: Were there days where it was literally you and (Running Back) Sandro (Platzgummer) and (Fullback) Eli (Penny) I guess?

A: Yeah, me, Sandro and Eli. There were days like that pretty much all of this week. (Running Backs) Coach (Burton) Burns has been at home, Saquon, (Running Back) Gary (Brightwell) now and so it's just been dropping like flies by the day.

Q: I know it's obviously a positive that guys, almost everybody, don't have COVID. What's been the reaction among guys about the whole – I mean, it's been a lot of false positives, but the whole situation with the false positives happening all over the place? How have guys sort of processed that?

A: Some guys or really everybody, like how you get a negative and then you have a false positive and then a negative and then a positive – it's just a back and forth. You're like either do I have it or do I not? It's something kind of hard to deal with. I know I had it last year when I was with the Raiders and I got it right before training camp and came in with antibodies and stuff. Basically, I had went through that with false positive, then a negative, and then another negative, and then a false positive again. I had to stay out a few days. It can be frustrating. But at the end of the day, we're just trying to be safe and keep everybody around us safe.

Q: I know you guys have done a lot of virtual stuff, so has Burton still been involved in all that?

A: Yeah, on the virtual stuff he's been involved every day with us and chiming in on the meetings.

Q: Are you dealing primarily with (Offensive Assistant) Jody (Wright) or are you dealing primarily with (Senior Offensive Assistant) Freddie (Kitchens)? Is it split?

A: It's been Jody all the way. Jody's been doubling down this week, so he's been pretty good.

Q: How's Burton doing?

A: Burton's doing good. He says he may have a little cough here or there, but that's about it. He's doing good though.

Q: I know we joked about the revenge game, but is there any familiarity from that defense? I mean, you saw them in practice I know it really depended on how much during the season last year out in Vegas, but do you have familiarity with what they're trying to do as far as their schemes go that can help in this process, especially because guys have kind of been on a crunch?

A: A little bit. A lot of their defense and some of their guys are new, (they) came in under (Raiders Defensive Coordinator) Gus Bradley and they're just running different schemes. I played Gus when I was with Denver pretty much every year because he was with the Chargers and stuff like that. Me personally, I'm kind of familiar to it. Like I said they've got a couple new pieces on defense. Just trying to get up on their defensive scheme.
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