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Transcript: Cornerback Deonte Banks

Eric from BBI : Admin : 6/6/2024 4:53 pm
Cornerback Deonte Banks

Q: Deonte, how do you look at the challenge of Adoree' not being here anymore and they're probably going to look for you now even more so than last year.

DEONTE BANKS: I actually love it. I take on the challenge, and I face it. I feel good about it.

Q: Do you feel like them not making a move to resign Adoree' was a vote of confidence that you can do that?

DEONTE BANKS: I wouldn't really say that, but they believe in me, so they trust me to do it.

Q: How was your off-season?

DEONTE BANKS: It was lovely. I love my off seasons.

Q: How is it being back?

DEONTE BANKS: Feel good. Feel really good. Get back with the guys, it feels real good.

Q: Were you around here? Were you training back --

DEONTE BANKS: I was training in Florida.

Q: Are you bigger than last year?

DEONTE BANKS: Just a little bit. (Laughter.) A little bit.

Q: How much?

DEONTE BANKS: Like two or three pounds.

Q: What did you prioritize in the off-season?

DEONTE BANKS: Getting my core stronger.

Q: Coach Henderson talked about you, wanting you to increase your NFL football 101 knowledge, film study, and things like that. How do you go about addressing that?

DEONTE BANKS: Being a better player every day, taking it day at a time.

Q: On shadowing wide receivers

DEONTE BANKS: I love that. I shadowed a few receivers last year.

Q: Do you remember who?

DEONTE BANKS: I followed CeeDee (Lamb) in our second game, and I also followed (Garrett) Wilson.

Q: Do you look at that as a compliment?

DEONTE BANKS: Yes, for sure.

Q: Do you expect that in this system?

DEONTE BANKS: I wouldn't say I expect it, but if it happens, it happens. I'm cool with whatever.

Q: What are some of the differences you see in Shane Bowen's system compared to the last two?

DEONTE BANKS: Probably playing not as aggressive. It's still aggressive, but just not as aggressive.

Q: Can you get into it a little bit more? More zone? What exactly do you mean by that?

DEONTE BANKS: I guess a little bit more zone. I guess you could say that.

Q: How does it suit you? What skills will it bring out in you? Obviously, they drafted you last year thinking press cover corner.

DEONTE BANKS: I really still have the same responsibility. I'm still pressing, still up close on the guy. It doesn't really change that much.

Q: You have any goals this season?

DEONTE BANKS: I have a lot.

Q: You want to share a couple?

DEONTE BANKS: I want to keep them to myself. They're really for me.

Q: On how the younger defensive backs keep each other motivated.

DEONTE BANKS: We motivate each other and compete every day. That's how we uplift each other, by just competing.

Q: What you do you think of Nabers?

DEONTE BANKS: I love Nabers. That's my guy.

Q: What do you think makes him a special receiver?

DEONTE BANKS: He's explosive. Me and him really like the same person. If you look at our build, size, and speed, we are really the same person for real.

Q: Matchups...

DEONTE BANKS: It's been real fun. It's been really fun. Real competitive.

Q: A year ago you were just adjusting to all this. What is it like to be in your second year and kind of know some of the ropes?

DEONTE BANKS: It feels way better. I feel really comfortable, really confident.

Q: Did you ever lack confidence?

DEONTE BANKS: No, never.

Q: How do you look back at your rookie year individually? How do you feel like you played, grew? Sum up your rookie year for us.

DEONTE BANKS: I feel like I had an okay year. I started a little slow, and towards the end -- towards the middle and end of the season I got better. I got my awareness of what's coming. I just felt good, felt better.

Q: Like awareness on the field?

SFGFNCGiantsFan : 6/6/2024 4:54 pm : link
I hope he isn’t paid by the word.
Man of few words.  
Giant John : 6/7/2024 5:14 am : link
Talk doesn’t win games.
Its funny how this reads - flat and short  
Heisenberg : 6/7/2024 8:04 am : link
is not exactly how it came across in the interview, when you watch it. I watched it yesterday and he's got a big and lively personality. You can tell he's probably fun and engaging as a teammate. But clearly, he's purposely not sharing much with the media. Not a bad policy, really.
Banks is a super confident dude  
UberAlias : 6/7/2024 8:23 am : link
You need that in a CB.
Wink leaving is the best thiing .....  
Manny in CA : 6/8/2024 12:32 am : link

For his career. He doesn't have the elite recovery speed to be a press corner, but he's smart, has excellent reactions and a big hitter. "Just what the doctor ordered" in Bowen's defense.
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