Quarterback Daniel Jones
June 13, 2023
Q. What did (Former Giants Head Coach Bill) Parcells talk to you about after practice?
DANIEL JONES: Just about accountability. You know, talking about what makes a team great and what tests a team in a season and staying close, staying together, taking accountability for your role on the team. I think it was a great message.
Q. How do you judge this point of the year for yourself? What are you hoping to get out of it?
DANIEL JONES: I think it's valuable time to get on the same page with a lot of these guys and especially guys who haven't been here and are learning the system, so I think all that stuff is important, building timing, building chemistry, building our communication, learning how we're going to communicate with each other. I think there's a lot of things that you can get, and overall, I think we've had a pretty good spring.
Q. What do you think of the group of receivers? Do you see a lot of talent out there?
DANIEL JONES: I do, yeah. I think those guys have done a great job. The guys who have been around, who’ve made a lot of plays in the past and the new guys we’ve brought in. I think we have a wide variety of skill sets and ability and guys who can do different things. It’s been a lot of fun to work with. A lot of true pros in the room that come to work every day, and you know, ready to take care of business and do what we've got to do to win.
Q. Do you expect you’ll get with Saquon (inaudible)?
DANIEL JONES: Yeah, I think we'll try to do that. I know he'll be around, I'll be around.
Q. Do you have any doubts that he'll be on the team at some point this year?
DANIEL JONES: I'm going to let Saquon speak for himself on that. I've said what I think of him as a player, as a teammate. That’s certainly still the case and I'm supporting him and I'm here for him as a teammate and as a friend.
Q. (Offensive Coordinator) Mike Kafka said last week that you’re still coming in early after your contract, and you’re not slacking off. After you signed the contract, is there anything that you’re thinking I still need to show them this?
DANIEL JONES: I never really felt like I needed to show other people or whoever it is. I feel like I'm doing it because I want to do it, because I enjoy doing it and I’m trying to be as good as I can be. That doesn't change regardless of what the contract situation is or whatever it may be. But I think we have a lot of guys with that kind of mindset who want to come in and work hard.
Q. Do you think it adds something, pressure, attention of something that, you know you didn't have the contract and now you do and everybody knows what it is and that kind of thing?
DANIEL JONES: I think some people may see it that way. To me, it doesn't change anything I'm doing. Doesn't change my routine or how I'm going to go about my work or my business. That's the same. Like I said, I'm trying to be as good as I can be, and that requires showing up every day and putting in the work.
Q. Do you sense guys are picking thing up quicker and functioning faster than maybe you were at the start of spring?
DANIEL JONES: Yes, I do. I think for one, a lot of guys have been around, know the system, know what we are doing, so that helps, and also helps the other guys who haven't been here learn and pick it up a little bit quicker. I think we are in a good spot, and it feels a lot different than last time for sure, but the guys have done a really good job.
Q. In the off-season -- how much of that is on-field chemistry, off-the-field chemistry -- how do you see it?
DANIEL JONES: I think both. It's really like three on-field workouts, and you can get some stuff accomplished there. But in the grand scheme of how many practices we have, how many training camp practices we have, it's almost more valuable from a team chemistry point of view and building relationships and getting to know guys outside of the building, but also to get a head start on the on-the-field work.
Q. Do you think you'll ever get to a point in your career where you feel like you'll have nothing left to prove?
DANIEL JONES: I don't think so. Like I said, I'm not trying to prove it to anybody, anybody else or anybody outside the building. I think it's about showing up and putting in the work every day.