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Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/28/2022 6:45 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: As far as your running is concerned, you're running extremely well, you're picking up a lot of yardage. Do you try to temper that with worrying a little bit about your durability a little bit going forward the rest of the season? Or do you just continue to pick up yardage and use that as a vehicle?

A: I think those are opportunities that you kind of feel throughout the game and try to take advantage of. I've got to be smart and get down when I can and avoid big hits. I've tried to do that; I think I can do that better at times. That's an opportunity that I'll continue to look for.

Q: As you work with different receivers and different types of receivers, do you have to be a little bit of a psychologist with some of these guys and work them through different phases of how they're being used in the gameplan?

A: I don't really think that's my job. I've got great relationships with guys, and I'll continue to be as good of a teammate as I can and communicate with them and get on the same page and try to help everybody be there best and bring what they do best to each gameplan. So, that's my focus. I don't think I can get outside of that. I've got great relationships with those guys; they've been locked in and ready to go. So, we'll continue to do that, and as we see opportunities for each one of them to make plays, we'll try to get them the ball and get them out there making plays.

Q: Given what's gone on the first three weeks, you've won two of the games, not having a dynamic passing attack but leaning on the run more. Do you think this might be what his offense or what this team evolves to this year where maybe you have to play some low-scoring games? Muck it up a little, play good defense? Does that take a toll on a quarterback mentally or are you saying as long as we win it's okay?

A: I think we're still improving. We're working to get better at all aspects of our offense, our attack, and the passing game is certainly part of that. We're capable of producing a lot more in the passing game and using that to our advantage, but we've also got (Running Back) Saquon Barkley and a good running attack. So, we'll use that as well. We'll continue to improve in all aspects of our offense.

Q: With Saquon, is there still some uncharted territory with him? Obviously, everyone knows he can catch the ball but is there still more that maybe you guys are waiting to do with him to exploit some matchups if you get the chance in the pocket to do that?

A: Yeah, his skillset gives us those opportunities to get him in space and allow him to make plays, make guys miss. He's shown a lot of ability to do that, so we'll continue to work through it and use him in those situations as best as we can.

Q: How do you feel you've played through three games? Ratings have never been friendly to you, but do you feel like what you do with your legs is kind of an underrated thing when it comes to those kinds of things?

A: I don't know. I think there's some things I wish I could've done better. I think there's some things I've done well overall, but I'll continue to look at that and see how I can improve. (I) Try to put this team, put this offense in a position to win the game down the stretch. I think I've played alright but certainly things to work to improve on.

Q: What do you feel like you need to improve on most when you look at the first three games as a whole?

A: I think we can find ways to execute better, finish off drives in the endzone. We can be better at the beginning of games and making sure we're getting off to a faster start. So, those are a couple areas we're looking to improve.

Q: (Offensive Tackle) Evan Neal, what'd you say to him? How did he bounce back from a really tough outing? Does it remind you at all of maybe what (Offensive Tackle) Andrew Thomas went through and maybe getting some hope from where Andrew Thomas is right now.

A: We all have a lot of faith in Evan. We know he's a great player. He's going to be an even better player. He went up against a tough front. They've got some good pass rushers on the other side, and it's on all of us to help that out, to get chips and jams when we can. Then, me for stepping up in the pocket and getting the ball out of my hands quickly. We've got a lot of trust and faith in Evan, and he knows that.

Q: Have you talked to (Wide Receiver Sterling) Shep (Shepard)? As I look to who can replace Shep, are you a little mystified but (Wide Receiver) Darius Slayton's reduced role? He led the team in receiving the first two years, you seem to have great chemistry. Have you talked to Shep? And are you expecting a little more from Slayton?

A: Yeah, I've spoken with Shep and obviously heartbroken for him. Tough to see him go down after he's fought so much to get back. Feel for him immensely. Darius is a guy I have a lot of trust in, a lot of faith in, and I know he's working hard. As far as the game plan going forward, we'll see how it works out, but I have a lot of faith and confidence in him.

Q: You said after the game you might be a little bit sore tomorrow, just a few days later. Do you feel anymore sore or differently coming off a game where you took a lot of hits?

A: I feel good. I had a chance to rest up and recover a little bit. So, I'm feeling good and ready to get after it this week at practice and get back out there on Sunday.

Q: When you have a game like Monday where you face so much pressure and you guys don't win the game. But it seemed at least from my vantage point that you did everything you could. Do you think you should be evaluated from your play in the game separate from the result of the game? Or do wins and losses ultimately define maybe the evaluation of you as a quarterback?

A: It's not really my concern how I'm evaluated by external people. I'm obviously looking for feedback and criticism from the coaches, and from teammates in ways I can improve. But as far as an evaluation, I think that's dependent on if we win or lose. That's how this team's evaluated and we're thinking about it collectively as a group.
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/28/2022 7:06 pm : link
I liked his answer on Neal's struggles. Regardless of what one thinks of him as a QB, DJ seems like a good teammate, hard worker, & a good dude. I don't know if he's the long term answer &-to be honest-I'm sure if one can make an honest determination about that THIS season considering the lack of weapons he has. I'm not Schoen & Daboll though so let's see.
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