Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams
Q: Are you looking forward at all to seeing the Jets tomorrow?
A: I look at it the same as every joint practice. I know (Jets Defensive Lineman) Quinnen (Williams) pretty well, so I'm excited to see him as a friend. Other than that, it's been so many years since I've been there that I don't really see it the same way anymore. It's just another team for me.
Q: Is that unusual to you that you'd be thinking that after starting with that team and playing with them for a number of years, and now they are just another team?
A: I guess it is. Maybe like the year after I got traded, I think we played them when I was with the Giants – actually the same year, I think. That's when I was like, 'I'm really pumped to play against them,' and stuff like that. I appreciate that organization for bringing me into the league, for drafting me, for giving me an opportunity. Now I've been wearing blue for so long and I've been a part of the Giant's organization and I'm so thankful to be here. It's a completely different culture and I'm totally bought into this new home that it's kind of hard to think about it that way.
Q: What do you mean different culture?
A: Every team is a different culture, you know what I mean? I've adapted to what type of culture it is here, I've adapted to my teammates, I've adapted to my coaches. Like I said, every team is a different culture so you kind of have to adapt to whatever team you go to.
Q: There might be like five guys left on the Jets from your days, no?
A: Yeah, that's what I was about to say. I don't think I know anybody there anymore besides Quinnen Williams.
Q: Who's the other veteran defensive lineman?
A: Oh, Nathan Shepherd? Yeah, I know him.
Q: Would that be it?
A: Yeah. That's what I'm saying, it's like me going back to college now. I'm like, 'I don't know anybody here anymore.' (Laughs)
Q: Says a lot about the league more than probably you or them?
A: Or I'm getting old, I don't know. (Laughs)
Q: You haven't played that much in the preseason, has that been planned?
A: This year?
A: I'm not sure if it's been planned or not. It's just the way it's worked out. I just know that when it's Week One and when it's live and I haven't missed a game yet, and I've been working on continuing that streak. I take pride in being a durable player and being accountable to my teammates and coaches that I'm going to be ready when it's time.
Q: You looked pretty good in sprints too.
A: Thank you. (Laughs)