Quarterback Tyrod Taylor
Q: How are you feeling?
A: I feel good.
A: That's the most important thing.
Q: Is there anything that you feel you still need to ramp up to at this point or do you feel like you are right back in the swing of things?
A: I feel like I'm right back in the swing of things. I don't know how you ramp up from a rib injury, but everything that I've done rehab wise has been positive. No setbacks along the last five weeks, five and a half, five and some change. Thankful for the progression, just God's healing throughout the process, but I feel good, feel back to my normal self.
Q: How do you know that you are ready to be able to take the hits? Is there a way to know that?
A: I don't really know. I mean, yeah, you can't really simulate it. Obviously, on the field quarterbacks we don't get hit, so there's really no way to predict it up until that point either, but I will say everything that they've tested, I've passed with flying colors.
Q: How did he explain the decision to you?
A: It was a conversation that we had yesterday.
Q: How? Like what reason did he give you?
A: Same reason he gave y'all.
Q: That it gives the team the best chance to win and (quarterback) Tommy (DeVito) earned it…?
A: Is that what he said?
A: That's what was explained.
Q: Do you agree with that?
A: Tommy has played, he's stepped in and played well within the opportunities given to him. Obviously, injury and time off is always tough. I would just say my injury, it just had bad timing to it. We've won two games – the last two games. Try to keep some momentum going forward. Obviously, yes, I want to be out there playing. Like I've told you before, I believe in timing and God's timing and everything happens for a reason, so I'll continue to keep trusting the process and taking it one day with the journey that God has put before me.
Q: Do you think you've been treated fairly?
A: I don't think life is fair, so I think that's an unfair question to be honest. I don't know if there's fair in this business. Some stuff happens that's out of your control and unfortunately this is one of them. In the grand scheme of things this rib injury was kind of out of my control. The main thing is that I've bounced back and that I'm 100% healthy and if the opportunity presents itself where I'm able to go out there and perform and help this team win then I'll be ready to do so.
Q: Will you be the backup on Sunday just to be clear?
A: Yeah, that's a conversation that the trainers and coach have to have. Obviously, we have a few more days of practice before we get there, but that's a conversation that they've got to have.
Q: Was there a conversation, I guess when you were talking with (Head Coach Brian) Daboll what it would take to win back the starting job?
A: No ma'am.
Q: Is that something you wanted to talk about with Daboll or you kind of wish it was brought up?
A: No comment.
Q: A lot of times people say you can't lose your starting job to injury, what do you think about that at this point?
A: I've had that happen a number of times. I'd say that statement is false. It's just the nature of the business. It's the nature of the business. Obviously, this league is a right now league, it's not what have you done or in the past time, it's about what makes sense right now. Coach feels that this is the right decision for the team, and I support the decisions that our coaches make, that our personnel, people who make decisions on personnel, I trust that day in and day out. I'm just on the other end of it.
I mean, it's tough. Obviously, as a competitor not being able to go out there once healthy – I mean, it hurts, but at the same time, like I said it's the nature of the business.