Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: Are you feeling better this week?
A: Yeah, I feel good. I feel good. Definitely better than last week.
Q: The way you've performed, have you gotten into your head saying, 'Maybe they should start talking to me about a contract?'
A: No, I don't think – it's certainly not my focus. I think we're all focused on whatever the next opponent is and making sure we go 1-0 that week. That's been my focus and that doesn't change. I think that's consistent across the locker room.
Q: What has your rookie tight end (Daniel Bellinger) showed you from spring to the summer to this week and now?
A: I think he's got good feel. He's got good instincts. He's got a knack for making the right play, being in the right spot. He's been consistent in that for us. I think he's done a great job.
Q: Sometimes they say a tight end could be a quarterback's best friend, it's a natural throw. Have you seen that with him a little bit?
A: I think he does have that feel and the knack for finding space, the knack for catching the ball, getting up field and making plays. Even the play where he scored, I think it was good instincts, a good football play by him. He's been big for us.
Q: A good play to not throw it to you?
A: I think it was the right decision, yeah.
Q: Did you have any setbacks at all from Sunday? Do you feel it Monday or Tuesday or have you just kept getting better, the ankle?
A: I didn't have any setbacks. I felt good.
Q: What have you seen from (Wide Receiver) Darius Slayton?
A: I thought he had a great game on Sunday. I have a lot of trust and confidence in him. I've said it. We've been here since we were both rookies. I've played a lot of football with him and built up a lot of trust, a lot of chemistry over time. To see him go out there and have that good of a game was exciting and I was happy for him. We'll continue to try and get him the ball, but he was big time on Sunday.
Q: I understand that you say you don't think about the contract stuff but when you're coming into this season, a lot of people – fans, media – are wondering about you. Do you feel like you've proven something to this point to the people who were wondering what you can do?
A: I don't think it was ever really my focus to prove to people one way or the other. My focus was to play as well as I thought I could play and put the team in a position to win. That doesn't change for me. Each week, you try to get better, you try to improve and play the best football you can. I think if we all do that, we'll be in a good spot. That's the approach we all take.
Q: Are you playing better, though?
A: I think I'm improving. I think I'm improving week-to-week. So, that's been my goal.
Q: As good as (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) has been this season, he hasn't really gotten going as a receiver yet. Are there opportunities for you to use him even more in the passing game?
A: I think we'll continue to look at it and see ways that we can get the ball to him in space whether that's throwing him the ball or letting him run with it. I think he's been extremely productive in a lot of forms. Whenever he's touched the ball, he's been effective. We'll continue to look for ways to do that.
Q: What kind of weapon can he be in the receiving game? What does he do to get in space?
A: He's got great hands, he's a good route runner, he can get open. He poses a matchup issue for defenses. I think those are all reasons to try to throw him the ball. We'll continue to use him and get him the ball in whatever ways we can.
Q: I would imagine defenses kind of have their eye on that too. (Inaudible)
A: Yeah, I think any time he goes anywhere on the field defenses are looking for him.
Q: Is your hand still scratched up from Sunday?
A: Yeah, it's scratched up, but it will heal up before Sunday.
Q: The way the league is going, a lot has been made of the calls that are protecting the quarterback. I assume as a quarterback you don't mind it at all, but do you expect some changes?
A: I don't know. I saw those couple plays from this weekend. I think it's a tough call for refs to make. It's kind of a subjective, bang-bang play where they've got to make a split-second decision. I don't know how they'll look at it or if they'll change it or not. I thought it was interesting.
Q: You didn't need any kind of stitches or anything for your hand, right?
A: No, it was just a turf burn.
Q: What do you see as the biggest challenges in the Ravens defense?
A: I think they're fast. They play physical. They turn the ball over a lot, turn the other offense over a lot. Through these first five games, I think they lead the league with 11 turnovers. We'll have to do a good job protecting the ball and understanding how they are trying to take it away from us. I think they've got some veterans, they've got some good players in the secondary – smart players. That's a large reason why they have so many takeaways. Protecting the ball will be important this week.
Q: Do you think (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) might be able to provide your offense some insights into their personnel?
A: Yeah, I think so. We've got several coaches who have been in Baltimore, and some players too. There's always stuff you can pick up.
Q: I know the season is still fairly young but why has sort of a winning culture already taken over this locker room and it certainly shows up on game days with regularity?
A: I don't know. I think that was part of (Head Coach Brian) Daboll's big emphasis going back to the spring is having a competitive team that fought hard and competed for the whole game regardless of the situation. Just kind of that desire to compete regardless of the circumstance. I think guys have really bought into that and we've seen that through the first five weeks and found a way to win down the stretch. There's a lot still that we've got to improve on and clean up, but I think we have a competitive and tough group.