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Transcript: Quarterback Daniel Jones

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/28/2023 6:00 pm
Quarterback Daniel Jones

Q: Do you consider this to be a crucial game?

A: Yeah, I think it's a big game for us. Without a doubt. It's a big game, and we're excited for the opportunity. We're going to do what we always do and prepare and get ready to go. We're excited to get out there.

Q: What about your offense? Where do you think it's at right now going into this game?

A: I think we've done some good things at times. We haven't executed as well as we've needed to at times, too. We've got to be more consistent, got to find ways to sustain drives and score more points.

Q: How do you get off to faster starts?

A: I think we've moved the ball well the first couple of drives in two of the games. I think we've got to finish with points, finish in the end zone, and execute all the way down the field, and score a touchdown. It's just about sustaining that execution.

Q: Do you think this team has found its identity yet? I mean, it's still early in the season; teams take time sometimes to do that?

A: I think we're still improving. I mean, we're still working to grow. Like I said, I think there are a lot of things we need to sharpen up and clean up as an offense and as a unit, and we're working to do that. But we're still confident and excited for what we can be.

Q: What do you take when you look back at the matchup against them last year, and how much of that do you think carries over?

A: They're a good defense. A lot of the same players as last year. So definitely, we'll study that. Some differences here and there in what they're doing this year, but a lot of the same stuff shows up. It's a similar system. So yeah, I think we'll look to that where we can but understand it's a new year with a different team. We'll have a good game plan and be ready to go.

Q: What would it mean to have (running back) Saquon (Barkley) in the lineup?

A: Yeah, I mean, he's an important part of our team, for sure. But he's working as hard as he can to get back and if he's ready to go, I'm sure he'll be out there.

Q: How optimistic are you at this point that you have a chance to have him back?

A: I think that's a Dabs (Head Coach Brian Daboll) question. I know he's working hard and trying to get back.

Q: You guys have been running those power sneaks or whatever you want to call them. Is anything different for you when you run those as opposed to just a regular sneak?

A: Not really. I mean, you get a little extra help. But other than that, it's the same thing. You're just trying to keep your feet moving and get that yard.

Q: How do you practice that? Do you practice them?

A: We do them in walkthrough. We practice them in walkthrough. It's kind of a hard thing to practice full speed.

Q: Seattle's pass defense has struggled the past few weeks. Are there things that you can take advantage of there?

A: Yeah, I think they're a good defense. They've faced some dynamic offenses and good passing attacks, good scheme, and good players. There's stuff you can learn from there, but we have a lot of respect for their defense and who they have.

Q: How do you get started earlier? I mean, the first half has been six points in three games.

A: I think we've got to sustain the execution. We've got to have sustained drives and finish in the end zone. Got to take advantage of our opportunities to do that and we'll certainly look to.

Q: Did you run any less the last game? It seemed they were boxing you in more.

A: I didn't use my legs as much. I think I've got to do a good job of finding opportunities to do that when I can and getting outside of the pocket or finding a lane to step up and run. Always looking for those opportunities, and I think a lot of those arise naturally throughout the game.

Q: It looks like they spied you a bunch there. How much is that something you expect moving forward, or have you seen it at least in the past year?

A: I don't know if it was necessarily a spy per se, but I think they were tuned in to pursue when I did get outside of the pocket. Yeah, I think that's something I'm ready for and aware for and I think when it happens, I have to be ready to throw the ball away or find somebody downfield.

Q: Did you see what the 49ers said after the game the other day about how much money you make?

A: Yeah, I saw that. I'm focused on what we're doing here with these guys and trying to get back on track.

Q: You're a guy who never will say anything, I don't think, negative about an opponent. Does it bother you that it comes from the other side? You didn't do anything to provoke it is what I'm saying.

A: No, I mean, they won. They've got good players on defense, and they won. We're focused on us, focused on what we're doing here.

Q: That's not the first time a player has done that. You don't see that necessarily. Maybe (quarterback) Baker Mayfield way back when. Why do you think that has been the case with you?

A: I don't know. You'd have to ask them.

Q: How much do you think that's something when you sign a big contract that sort of comes with it? People are always looking at the contract and the money you make.

A: Yeah, I guess some people are like that, where they feel the need to do that. That's fine. That's part of it.

Q: (Inaudible)

A: (Inaudible)…in a busy pocket at times. Every team has got good pass rushers. You've got to be able to execute and perform regardless of circumstance.

Q: You said that this was a big game. I know why we think it's a big game. Why do you think it's a big game?

A: Because it's our next opportunity. It's an opportunity for us to get back on track. They're all big games. We're excited for the opportunity.

Q: Do you guys think a lot about that, the back-on-track narrative?

A: I think we're always approaching the game the same way. We're always working as hard as we can to prepare and play our best. Yeah, I think we're excited.

Q: For a guy who puts so much into the preparation for the next opponent – I'm not using it as an excuse, and I know you wouldn't either – has it been strange or at least a challenge over the first couple of weeks to deal with different styles of preparation? You don't have the same schedule that you used to, so you've got to change things, adjust things, and now it's a long week and the first time you get on the practice field since before you went to Arizona. Is that weird? Do you almost have to challenge yourself to change things and adjust?

A: Yeah, it's a little different. I think each week we've had this year has been a little bit different. I think it's just having a routine and trying to stick to it as much as you can, despite the circumstances. Having played a few years now, you kind of understand what each week's like and how you're going to change your routine to kind of account for that. I mean, you have to adjust, but the other team has to adjust too.
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