Wide Receiver Richie James
Q: Did you know that (Head Coach Brian) Daboll was going to go for 2 there at the end or was that a surprise?
A: We knew that. We stay aggressive.
Q: Take me back to the start of training camp. You were a guy who I felt like had to earn your spot, nothing given, and there you are playing the most snaps, I think you had the most catches. What has the journey been like?
A: It's been a good one. Just trying to become part of a good team, trying to build a culture around here, and we're doing pretty good right now.
Q: Did you know you were going to play as much as you did, or did that surprise you like it surprised some people on the outside?
A: I had no clue.
Q: What was the mindset coming in here? Did you feel like you had to earn your spot? Did you feel like, 'Hey I'm a proven NFL player, I belong on the Giants'?
A: The same as it's been for the last four years of my career – just go in and do what I do. Whatever happens from there happens.
Q: Is your hair half red?
A: No, it's like a burnt orange.
A: I don't know. I mean, I shouldn't ask you why you do your hair like that, right? (Laughs)
Q: I ask because (Safety Xavier) McKinney once told us his hair is two different colors because there are two different sides to his personality. I didn't know if there was an interesting story with you as to why you keep yours two different colors?
A: I change my hair a lot. Over the years I've had three or four different colors.
Q: Nothing specific to the burnt orange?
A: Yeah, nothing crazy.
Q: You've been in a lot of winning and losing locker rooms. What was last nights like? What was maybe different about it than other locker rooms you've been in?
A: We're just trying to build our culture over here. A winning locker room's a winning locker room, everybody's kind of different. But this is a really good locker room and like I said we're just trying to build a culture.
Q: What does, 'a really good locker room,' mean?
A: Everybody's happy, everybody's smiling, you know? We're winning. That's a really good locker room.
Q: Did you know your coach had – he said you really couldn't call them dance moves – but he was moving right? How do you describe that?
A: We're going to work on that. But we'll be alright.
Q: He's a first-time head coach. Does it say anything that he would do that? Sometimes guys don't want to put themselves out there because you may not look so good.
A: No, he's true to him. That's who is. He's a jokester, a good dude. That's him.
Q: You mentioned that you're trying to build a culture here, you weren't here before, they brought you in. What does that mean as far as, do you they look at you and say, 'We think he's a good player, but we think he's a guy that who can help us build that culture,' and that's one of the reasons you're here?
A: I'm pretty sure that's the reason why I'm here. I don't think they would bring anybody over here that they don't want to build a future with or help out.
Q: What do you have to do other than play well to help with that culture building?
A: Be me, play well.
Q: You had a really productive night last night returning punts. I'm just wondering what is it about the schemes that (Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey) T-Mac put in place that really kind of complemented what you do well or is it just a matter of your guys just getting the right blocks and what not?
A: I think it's both. That punter, he's a really good punter but he was shooting some rockets last night so that helped out a lot.
Q: Can you talk about this wide receiver room? Is there something you feel like maybe you do a little better than some of the other guys and vice versa?
A: I think everyone is different, that's one, no one's the same. A couple guys do some similar things but as far as what I do better than everyone else, I can't really say. I don't compare myself to the next guy. I just kind of do what I need to do and then go on from there.