Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: Is throwing a sign of progress?
A: Yeah. It felt good throwing. I've been throwing for a few days now. So yeah, it felt good.
Q: What's the biggest noticeable difference from last week to this week for you? How are you feeling?
A: I just continue to feel better every day. Yeah, just feeling better overall and continue to do that day by day.
Q: There was a report that you feel pain or something in your left shoulder from the left side of your neck. Is that still there?
A: Yeah, I mean, I feel it a little bit. I think just working through it and getting better day by day.
Q: Is it a nerve issue?
A: It's just an effect from the neck injury, but I feel good and I'm feeling better.
Q: The report said it's kind of going down your shoulder. Are you still kind of feeling it in your neck into your shoulder?
A: I really don't feel much pain at all. It's feeling better, it's just working through it and listening to the doctors and trainers.
Q: Is it your understanding that you need to feel symptom free before they allow you to take the next step?
A: Yeah, that's part of it. Yeah, I think that's part of it. Just continuing to try to get there.
Q: How close are you to symptom-free right now?
A: I'm close. I'm pretty close. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and trust the doctors and trainers and what they're telling me to do and keep going about it.
Q: Is there concern that if you're hit a certain way, that it could bring all of this back again?
A: Yeah, I think that's part of it, just the contact piece of it. I think that's the concern.
Q: Can you talk about how much you want to be out there with the division game on tap this week, and where you guys are sitting in the standings?
A: I obviously want to be out there extremely, extremely badly. I want to be there for the team and be on the field. I certainly feel that way. But doing everything I can to get back out there and everything I can to help.
Q: Did you have any role in going over plays with (quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) during the game or anything like that?
A: We're all there on the sideline and involved. I think most of the communication is between Tyrod and (Quarterbacks Coach) Shea (Tierney) and (Offensive Coordinator Mike) Kaf(ka) and Dabs (Head Coach Brian Daboll). In spots where I thought I had an idea I offered it, but it's mainly between those guys.
Q: How did it feel just out there throwing today?
A: It felt good. It felt good throwing.
Q: Were you able to run any scout team and actually play quarterback?
A: I didn't run any scout team today, but I threw. It felt good throwing.
Q: How can you know that you're ready to handle contact unless you have contact? Is that a fine line?
A: I think it's just trusting the doctors and trainers when they say based on their evaluation that I'm ready for it. Obviously, you want to be out there. It's frustrating not being out there. But just trying to do everything I can do and control what I can in terms of my recovery.
Q: If it was up to you, would you be out there playing this Sunday?
A: Yeah, I mean, I want to play. I certainly want to play. But at the same time, we've got great doctors, great trainers and I trust them. Lucky to have them. But yeah, everybody wants to play. Everybody wants to be on the field.
Q: Because of the nature of this injury, is there a chance that you could feel good Sunday, but they would say to you, we need to give it an extra week?
A: I think at this point, we're just taking it kind of day by day and seeing how I feel that day and going through the tests. Sunday's a little ways away at this point, but just trying to get better every day.
Q: What kind of tests are they giving you to make sure you're doing well?
A: Just a series of tests based on the injury.
Q: Is it as simple as you just wake up one day and not feel pain and say, 'Okay, I'm good, I'm ready for contact?' Is that as simple as it can be?
A: I feel good. The pain has definitely subsided a good bit. It's just listening to the doctors and trainers and doing what they tell me to do.
Q: You mentioned how it's really a day-to-day thing. Is there a point where you know you have to go back to the doctor to see how things are looking, or are you just progressing this way and then you'll decide at a certain point?
A: We speak to the doctors almost every other day, they're coming to the facility. I see them a good bit. I think at this point we're continuing with the plan and the process that we kind of saw at the outset and trying to improve every day.
Q: You've had one scan?
Q: Would you need another one before they can move forward?
A: No, I don't think so.
Q: What was it like to watch a game like that that truly came down to the wire, and you were obviously a spectator?
A: You want to be on the field. I think as a competitor that's the tough part is not being out there, but I thought we played well. We played hard and it didn't go our way there at the end, which was tough for everybody, but I thought we did a lot of good things well.
Q: What'd you think of Tyrod?
A: I thought he played well. I thought he played really well and came in and executed. We moved the ball well, and I thought he played really well.
Q: What'd you think of the defense on (tight end) Darren Waller on the last play?
A: I think there was some contact there, but part of the game. It's a tough way to finish, but I'm not going to say whether or not—what exactly I thought.
Q: Is it tough seeing (Commanders center) Nick Gates on the other side now, and what kind of loss was it to lose him?
A: I've a lot of respect for Gates, obviously a close friend and close teammate that I played a lot with, and I think a lot of. Weird seeing him on the other side, but pulling for him, not this week, but I've got a lot of respect and appreciation for him.