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Transcript: Quarterback Daniel Jones

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/19/2022 5:25 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: Why do you think you've been so good with ball security this season?

A: I don't know. I think just trying to make quick decisions, trying to find the guy that's open, go through my reads and if not, get out of the pocket, make a throw, or find an outlet. Just trying to make good decisions consistently throughout the game.

Q: Is that process any different from what you've done in previous years?

A: I don't think it's any different. I think it's just probably getting better at it, being quicker and more decisive in certain situations.

Q: How good are the two edge rushers on the Jaguars?

A: They're really good – really good players. Really talented and can affect the game. Can obviously get to the passer and stop the run as well. Those are two really good players, and we'll have a plan to handle them.

Q: Knowing that, what's your comfort level right now with the way your offensive line is playing in front of you?

A: Yeah, I think our guys are playing great up front. We've played a lot of really good rushes, a lot of good players, a lot of good edge rushers, and done well. We've got a lot of confidence in our guys to be able to handle them.

Q: Is that different in any way than it's been in past years? Are you a little bit more comfortable and confident with the guys up front this year?

A: I don't know. I think just speaking on this year, I think guys are doing a really good job and playing well, playing as a good group together and on the same page with all that stuff.

Q: (Tackle) Evan (Neal) had a tough game against the Cowboys. What did he show you and everybody in the room about bouncing back from that?

A: Yeah, I mean I think the Cowboys have a really good front. They've got a lot of talented players who can affect the game. He's a young player, he's going to learn and get better every week and that's what he's done. We all have a lot of trust and a lot of confidence in him. That's what he's shown. I think his approach, his work ethic, his day-to-day routine – I think you can see how important it is to him. It's no surprise he's continued to get a lot better every week.

Q: Do their two edge guys show up when you study them? Their two really high draft picks?

A: Yeah, they do. I think you can see how they affect the game. Both of them are really good players, productive in the pass game getting to the quarterback. They do a good job stopping the run, also.

Q: Does winning make you more confident or is it just simply making plays makes you more confident?

A: I think both, I think both. I think winning definitely helps, for sure. You've got to look to the plays you've made also, what's been successful for us as a group and use that to build confidence to plan on what we're going to do going forward. Look at the things that you didn't do as well and try to correct them as well going forward.

Q: How does it feel having (Center) Nick Gates snapping you the ball once and a while?

A: It's great. It's great to see him back out there. I've played a lot of football with him and obviously have a great relationship with him. As a friend, as a teammate, it's been fun to be back out there with him. He's been through a lot. Yeah, it's been fun.

Q: You can't make the decision but what do you sense from him? You know what it takes to play in this league. What do you sense from him and maybe what's coming for him?

A: He seems like he's doing well to me. It's not my job to evaluate that, but like I said, I've got a lot of trust and confidence in him. All those guys up front have been playing really well.

Q: Anything you can put your finger on with the late-game success? Like the game-winning drives type deal of why it's been working so consistently this year?

A: I don't know. I think it's tough to put your finger on one thing in particular. We do have a tough group. I think (Head Coach Brian Daboll) Dabs has preached competitive stamina. It has been one of his things he's talked about a lot through training camp even back to the spring. I think guys have really grabbed on to that.

Q: What does that mean?

A: Being able to compete for the whole game, for 60 minutes regardless of what happens, regardless of the situation. Being tough enough mentally and physically to compete for the whole game.

Q: Brian also said he thinks your even-keeled demeanor helps in those situations. Do you see that?

A: Particularly as a quarterback, I think being poised and being calm throughout the game, regardless of the situation, I think is always the approach I've tried to take. I think it puts you in a position to make plays and do what you've got to do late in games. That's certainly something I try to do.

Q: That's you, right? You're not changing any of this?

A: Yeah, I think I've always tried to be that way.

Q: Are you seeing things clearer at this point in your career? I mean you can walk up to the line and say, 'I know exactly what they're doing' – 70 percent is a nice number.

A: I think maybe a little clearer. I think you recognize things a little bit quicker and that helps your decision-making process – getting the ball out of your hands or getting out of the pocket if you need to, to extend a play. Yeah, I think you try to get better with that kind of stuff every week. You try to be a little bit quicker to recognize certain things and making the right decisions.

Q: Why do you think you're able to get so much out of rookies this year as a team? Is there anything specifically that the coaching staff has done or that you've done to help expedite that?

A: I don't know. I think a lot of credit to those guys. I think (Wide Receiver) Wan'Dale (Robinson), (Tight End Daniel) Bellinger, (Tackle) Evan (Neal). I mean all the young guys that are playing, I think they deserve a lot of credit. They're all mature and have a great approach to their work and can tell they want to get better every day. I think they deserve a lot of credit. I think the way we practice, the way everyone is getting tons of reps all the time dating back even to the spring. Those guys are young, but they've got a ton of reps and they know what to do.

Q: You have four game-winning comeback wins this season, I believe that is the best in the league. Why have you been so good late in games?

A: I think we have a tough group, a group of guys that are able to handle the ups and downs of the game – continue to compete, continue to play hard to be ready to strike when the opportunity is there, and we've been able to do that. I think a lot of credit to the group we have and the team we have in the locker room.

Q: Would you mind flipping the script at some point and seeing if your tough group can handle holding a lead?

A: Yeah, I certainly wouldn't mind that. I think that's something we're focused on is getting out to a quicker start and playing as well as we can throughout the game. We're going to keep trying to do that.

Q: Is there anything to the not-fast starts that you think is kind of a repeated theme?

A: I don't know. I think it just takes coming out and executing early. Obviously, we want to start fast, we're trying to start fast and just haven't executed as well as we have later in games early in games. We'll try to do that this week.

Q: Is there a day or two during the week that you and (Offensive Coordinator) Mike Kafka sit down and talk about game plan and plays you particularly like that week?

A: Yeah, we sit down on Fridays and spend a lot of time talking about that, once we've been through the week of practice. We're consistently talking throughout the week, but Friday we have an extended conversation about that and get on the same page with all those thoughts.

Q: Are (Quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) and (Quarterback) Davis (Webb) part of that too or is it just you and Mike?

A: Sometimes. Mostly just me and Kafka.
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