Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: Cold enough for you out there today?
A: Yeah, it was pretty chilly. It'll be cold Sunday night too. It was good to have a day to practice in it.
Q: What did you takeaway from the last Commanders matchup and things you took away personally?
A: Well, I mean I think we did some things well. Offensively, I think there's a lot we need to improve on going into this one. I think we need to be better on third down. That's something that we've seen watching the first matchup. We got to be able to sustain drives and stay on the field. They're a good defense, good pass rush. They're a good defense. For the most part, you have that game to study, so you expect a lot of similarities. We'll see what kind of gameplan they have for us.
Q: Do you view this as one of the biggest games of your career?
A: Yeah, I think it's a really big game for all of us. It's a big divisional game on the road in December. Yeah, it's a big game for us.
Q: How much do you think that how much you perform in games like this and down the stretch is possibly going to determine your future? Whatever the next contract looks like, where you land, if you're here. All those things?
A: I haven't spent a whole lot of time thinking about it. I don't think I will. I think my focus is on preparing to play as well as I can, and that's been my mindset the whole season. I don't think that changes at this point.
Q: You have played well there in that building. Anything about it? Memories, sightlines? Something that you can put your finger on why you've done well there.
A: I don't know if there is one thing. I like the stadium; they got a good field. I like the stadium. Yeah, it'll be fun - Sunday Night Football. Like I said, a divisional game in December. It'll be a fun atmosphere.
Q: What do you like about the stadium? The architecture, the locker room? The funkiness of the fluid? What do you like about it? Five touchdown passes.
A: I don't know. I don't know if I can put my finger on it. It'll be a fun atmosphere.
Q: Does it help, it's not going to help you in the game but, you're going into a place you've had success? You can visualize that, certainty.
A: Yeah, I think so. Every game is different. Every matchup is different. This one will be different than the one a couple of weeks ago too. We'll come out and be ready to go.
Q: When you started digging into the Commanders, was it like I just put this book down and I got to pick it up again? Does it seem really quick?
A: Yeah, it does. It's all still pretty fresh in your memory watching their games, watching the tape and studying it. You still have to go back through it, you still got to refresh and make sure you're not missing any small detail. Yeah, I think everyone is – you don't forget a lot in this short period of time, so that's helpful with the prep.
Q: You mentioned how fresh the tape is but also that actual in-person experience has to add to a little reinforcement of preparation with that team, right?
A: For sure. I think there's a lot we can learn from a couple of weeks ago having played them so recently. Obviously, they haven't played since then. You expect a lot of similarities with what they're doing, but I'm sure they'll have a couple wrinkles, have a couple of things in their gameplan.
Q: When you're preparing for a game of this magnitude, does it help to remind yourself of the magnitude of this game? To amp it up or do you want to not try to make the game bigger than it is?
A: I don't think we're going to have any issue getting amped up or getting excited for this game. I think everyone realizes the opportunity and how bog of a game this is, Sunday Night Football. Nobody is going to have an issue getting amped up for it. You can't skip any steps this week. It's one day at a time in the preparation and making sure we're where we need to be by Sunday night.
Q: What do you make of being 0-9 in primetime games? Do you even know that? I think I've asked you some version of that in the past.
A: I think I don't make a ton of it. I think each game is different, and we haven't won enough game period around here. I'm excited for the opportunity.
Q: Do you think that guys either put too much pressure on it or step up in bigger games or do you view it as just a random stat that could work out that way?
A: I don't know, I think each game is different, and we've all got to step up. We all have to play well in order for us to win on Sunday.
Q: In the games when you've had positive results in the six-game stretch one common thing is that you've rushed for 100 yards. Is that something that just helps make the offense go?
A: Yeah, I think so. We have to find ways to do that. It helps us stay on the field, helps us control the game a little bit. Yeah, I think we've got to run the ball effectively and find a way to do that.
Q: You rushed for what, 70 against them last time? Is that something you've got to be conscious of?
A: I think I'll continue for opportunities to do that and won't force it in any situations. When the opportunity presents itself, certainly try to take advantage of it.
Q: There was a report that said the team hadn't made a decision as to what they want to do with you. Just curious if you feel like the body of work, you've done this season so far warrants you to be back?
A: My mindset has been the same the whole way. I don't think it changes now just because we're later in the season. I'm going to focus on playing as well as I can, and when the season is over I'll look back and have probably a more complete thought about that. But yeah, just trying to play as well as I can.
Q: Playing your 50th game. When you look at where you are career wise, how do you feel like you've done through that stretch?
A: I think I've improved. I think I've improved every year; I've improved week to week and learned a lot. I think still a lot for me to learn and continue to work on. That's what I'm focused on.
Q: How much is this the next step in that regard? Winning a big game here, making the playoffs – making that next jump.
A: Yeah, I think it's big for all of us. It's not about me, it's not about any one guy, it's about the team, it's about an opportunity we all have to play in the playoffs. The only way we're going to do that is taking care of business one week at a time. That's where we're focused, that's where I'm focused, and we're excited for the opportunity.
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