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Post-Game Transcript: Quarterback Daniel Jones

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/23/2022 7:59 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q. Was the end nerve-racking for you?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, [it] went down to the wire there. Defense did a good job holding them, holding them ultimately. Yeah, [we] did enough to win. Obviously, there's some plays we'd like to have back, but it's a good team we played, and did enough to win.

Q. You had 107 rushing yards today. The Jaguars were focused on stopping RB Saquon Barkely, so did you take advantage of that?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think so. I think that was a big piece of it. He attracts a lot of attention, rightfully so, and then some things opened up off of it. I thought the offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the game and cleared some opportunities for us to make plays.

Q. What were you thinking when you lost two of your offensive linemen in the first half?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, it was tough. [It's] always tough to see guys go down. [They are] big players for us and key players for us. But I thought the guys came in, stepped up and played really well. [Giants OL] Josh[ua Ezeudu] and [Giants G] Tyre [Phillips] did a great job throughout the game. [We have] a lot of faith and confidence in them.

Q. We saw a little frustration come out of you after the 4th down drop there at the goal line. Are you surprised by that yourself? Head Coach Brian Daboll said he was surprised that that came out of you.

DANIEL JONES: Yeah. [It was the] heat of the moment, and I wish I could have that situation back. I pride myself on being composed in those situations. Yeah, I wasn't there. I've got full faith and confidence in the world in [Giants WR] Marcus [Johnson], and yeah, [I'm] disappointed I let that happen.

Q. It seemed like Jacksonville's defense made mistakes and were able to keep you guys on the field. As a player what does that do for you when they're making the mistakes and you can extend the drives?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, we've got to take advantage of them when you get those opportunities. A couple times we did, a couple times we didn't. We've got to look back and see what we could have done better in some of those situations.

Q. You scored a first-possession touchdown, which you hadn't done in a while, and you did it by passing it down the field. Did they load the box which lead you to passing the ball?

DANIEL JONES: I think a little bit of that and just [Giants WR Darius] Slay[ton] made a good play on the outside, so giving him a chance to do that, and he made a great play, got a good release and made a great play for us. I think that was key for us to get off to a good start, but we've got to build on that and find a way to keep that going.

Q. You guys have been able to win a lot of games late. What makes your team special and what makes you guys have the ability to do that, even in a game like today?

DANIEL JONES: I think there's just a competitive spirit. There's a mental toughness to our group, and regardless of what's happened earlier in the game or regardless of the situation, we've got confidence that we're going to execute and find ways to win. Like I said, there's a lot of points in the game, a lot of plays that we would like to have back, to clean up, and hopefully make a couple more plays so we're not in that situation, but credit to Jacksonville. They're a good team, good defense, and they played well today.

Q. Why are you disappointed in yourself for showing emotion?

DANIEL JONES: It's just [that] I want to be composed in those situations. I think [Giants WR] Marcus [Johnson], I've got a lot of confidence in him. Yeah, so I think just I'm competitive, it was heat of the moment. I think you get fiery. Obviously, you want to score there. I've got a lot of confidence in him and [I] don't want to do that to any teammate.

Q. There were a lot of Giant fans in the stadium today. What was your reaction to that?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, we certainly appreciated the support and felt their energy throughout the game, especially there in the fourth quarter when they got going. We appreciated the support throughout this start and certainly today. They made an impact on the game.

Q. What did you think of TE Daniel Bellinger's eye when you saw it in the locker room?

DANIEL JONES: Yeah, that was scary. [It's] tough for him. He's a tough guy. [He] made a lot of big plays for us and feel for him on that situation. That's not something you see a whole lot. [I] feel for him and hope he's all right.

Q. What do you think has allowed you to perform more consistently overall this season? What areas do you feel like you've growth in your fourth year here?

DANIEL JONES: I mean, I think just trying to make the right decision with the ball and protect it when I can. A couple of them we got lucky today on, and try to just keep doing that, keep putting the team in a position to make plays at the end of the game. That's what I'm focused on, and certainly some plays I could do that better, and I'll look to correct moving forward.

Q. What is it about the fourth quarter that you seem to like?

DANIEL JONES: I think we all want to be in those situations. I think as a team throughout the year, we've created them and been in those situations seems like week after week, but I think we all want to be in the pressure situation where you have to deliver, and we've done a good job of doing that.

Q. You've had five game-winning drives now. What are your thoughts on that?

DANIEL JONES: I think it's the same idea. We've got guys that want to be in that situation down the stretch. We've done it different ways, different points of the year, but ultimately, we found a way to make enough plays to win.

Q. What did you like best about the way you played today?

DANIEL JONES: That we won, I think. That was certainly the best part of what we all did. I think we took advantage of some opportunities that were there in the run game. I think we were creative in that way, and the offensive line was big time there.

Q. Does it mean anything to you to get the 100-yard rushing game? I think this is your first, right?

DANIEL JONES: I don't know, but not really. I think it's [that] we took advantage of the opportunities that were there, and some of those were on the ground with my legs, so [I] try to do that when the opportunity is there.
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