Head Coach Brian Daboll
Daboll: This place has been awesome; the people have been great. So, go out there and have a good practice.
Q: On Daniel Jones
A: We'll see. He did better yesterday than he did the day before. We'll see how it is after the long flight; come out here practice. But he looked good yesterday, too.
Q: What do you need to see for him to go on Sunday?
A: Just another good day. I think, again, he's made progress since the last game. Each day, he's gotten a little bit better. Again, being on the airplane for a while and go out there and let him loosen up, run around a little bit. But he's been getting a lot better.
Q: What do you think about playing in a stadium that's not a local team? The Packers are the local team, but at the same time, it's like the same thing like you. You're playing a team in a stadium that is not a local team playing. So, what do you think?
A: Yeah, in my career I've done that a few times. It's usually loud all the time whether that's the last game of the season in the NFL, a bowl game. We practice with crowd noise. We are going to have to do a good job of communicating in probably all three phases, but I heard it's a great crowd.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the decision to leave (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) home? It looked like he was doing pretty well on Wednesday, obviously he didn't travel.
A: Yeah, he tweaked it again on Wednesday. So, wouldn't be ready to go. We kept him home to get treatment.
Q: Is there any thought there with him to put him on IR and getting him back in a month to rehab, get it better and come back after four games?
A: I think (general manager) Joe (Schoen) talk about a lot of things. I think we revisit things each week regarding whatever player it may be. But it was the other hamstring; it wasn't the same one.
Q: The other one meaning this is a totally brand-new injury?
A: It was the other hamstring, not the one that he's had.
Q: Why does he have so many hamstring issues?
A: We'll look at everything. I feel bad for him. He was running around. He was getting a lot better. And unfortunately, he tweaked it a little bit. So, we'll just get him treatment and get him ready as we can.
Q: You managed to uplift the whole of the fanbase and seemingly the team as well, really positive energy. How have you managed to switch the attitude in such a short space of time?
A: I don't know. I'm just trying to do the best job I can, and I think our staff, our organization, the people in our organization, the players – we're trying to give everything we got each day to be better than we were the day before, focus on the things we can control. Again, I've said this many times – you try to do things right during the week. You try to prepare everything you can prepare for. Some things come up that you got to make quick decisions on. Again, it's a collective effort. You might not always get the results that you're hoping for, but in terms of trying to do things the right way, be a professional, be where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there, not make excuses – that's what we're trying to build.
Q: You were talking the other day about how you can tell the teams are respecting your run by the fronts you see when you get to the line of scrimmage. Despite all of that, you guys have still been very successful running. Do you expect, given the wide receiver situation, the quarterback situation – do you expect to see a lot of guys in the box on Sunday?
A: That would be a good question for (Green Bay defensive coordinator Jim) Barry and (Green Bay head coach Matt) LaFleur. You get a wide variety of things each week in this league that you prepare for. Of course, we've run the ball a lot, so you're anticipating some heavy boxes. Just because you're anticipating doesn't mean it's going to happen. Those guys up front must do a good job of communicating the different looks and try to get a hat for a hat. The receivers need to do a good job of blocking the force players.
Q: How happy have you been with that part of your game?
A: I think we've done some good things. There's certainly things we can be better at, but I think we're making progress.
Q: I know you put your trust in your guys and plans you put together for this trip, and you want to keep it as normal as possible, but when you walk out here look out at the fields this morning, do you almost guard against the wide eyes a little bit and remind the guys why you're here?
A: Yeah, I think they understand why we're here. Obviously, we're playing a really good opponent. You put everything you got into it each week; You only have so many of these games, whether you play at home, on the road, across seas. Obviously, you acknowledge this is a cool trip relative to playing in another country. We're out here to represent the Giants in this game. Again, we have to control the things that we can control – both teams got to fly across an ocean to get here. You try to take care of the players, try to educate them. And there's no excuses for coming over, being tired. Everybody is tired a little bit. We got to do a good job. I think our medical staff, our sports science staff has done a good job. We got off the plane, we went right to the field, we did a little bit of a walk through, we had normal meetings, we'll go out there and practice. That's our focus is doing the best we can do relative to our day, which is a normal Friday.
Q: Other than the guys you left home; do you know anyone who will definitely or probably not play Sunday?
A: No. We'll take it. We'll see how it goes today and then make our decision after that.
Q: You'll be at the stadium tomorrow?
A: No. We're not going to the stadium.
Q: Will anybody be in the stadium? Will the players?
A: No. We're staying here.
Q: So, the first time they'll be at the stadium will be on Sunday?
A: Like a normal away game. We don't go to the stadiums if we go play wherever it is. We'll keep it as normal as we can.
Q: What is your opinion on playing in Europe during the regular season?
A: Yeah, like I said. We're honored to represent the Giants. I think it's cool to be able to play in this atmosphere. But again, we must do our job and do the things we need to do to go out there and play well and coach well.
Q: Does (Quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor) have a chance to play?
A: Yeah. We'll take it all the way up until the end when we can. There will be some more things after practice, so I'd say the same with (safety) Julian (Love). Won't know until later today.
Q: The rumors have been going crazy since (former Wide Receiver) Odell (Beckham Jr.) visited the facility. Can you categorically shut down the interest that you make have in resigning him?
A: I'd say that Joe and I talk a lot about a wide variety of things: players, adding players, workouts on Mondays and Tuesdays. We're always trying to improve our roster in any way that we can.
Q: Coming into an opportunity like this, is it an opportunity to get away from New York and team bond? Or is there some distraction?
A: No. It's our next game. This was on the schedule to come here and play. And we try to do everything that we can to in the offseason to prepare for the trip, whether it's scheduling, how we're going to prepare, bringing our chef, whatever it may be. It's the next game for us. Again, it will be a cool atmosphere. And we're privileged to be here.
Q: What's it like, as a head coach, preparing to take on a player like (Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers? Has your preparation changed at all?
A: You prepare as hard as you can each week. It's just he's one of the best to ever do it. So, obviously it's very challenging because of his talent, his experience and what he does out there on the football field. He's one of, not just best quarterbacks, best players to ever play.
Q: How far away from being game ready is (safety) Landon Collins?
A: He just got here. He just got here today. He's on our practice squad. So, that's where he'll be. He's got a lot to learn in terms of how we do things – not just playbook, but how we do them as an organization. So, we'll just take it each day with him and try to help him be the best he can be for us.
Q: He's a player with a bit of a unique skillset in terms of his physical safety and hybrid linebacker-safety position maybe. What do you see from him when he does get up to speed with...
A: I think we'll see. He just got here. He didn't even travel with us. He just got here in the moving. I just saw him. He just signed his papers. I'd say long way to go relative to where he's at and where we're at.
Q: One more for you on Daniel, does he have to do, in order for you to put him in to play, does he have to be able to get to a place that he always has been before this? Or does he have to do just enough?
A: We look at him out there and we have a game plan that we try to execute. And we watch him do those plays. If we feel comfortable with him as a coaching staff, and obviously medical has to feel comfortable, we have to feel comfortable as well. And I'd say, he said this the other day, that again he's made progress. I'd say good progress.
Q: You guys have gone 3-1. What has impressed you most about your team?
A: They grind. They work real hard. They prepare. They've done everything that we've asked them to do. I think they take it day-by-day which is important in our league. They don't flinch. They compete for 60 minutes. And again, I've said it. I'll keep saying it: you don't have to like the results. You have to love the process, the preparation that goes into it. And if you do the right stuff, you hope you get the right results. And if you don't, you still can live with it based on what we're trying to build and how we're trying to do things.
Q: (Wide receiver) Richie James coming into the season and his contributions to the receiver corps. How big a setback is the injury?
A: Yeah. He's been very dependable: where he's supped to be, when he's supposed to be there. He's been out there. I'd say he's developed a good relationship with the quarterbacks. They trust him. Everything we've asked him to do, he's done. So, that's a good start.
Q: As the head coach of the New York Giants, what is the best thing, the thing that makes you most happy to be head coach of this amazing franchise?
A: That's a good question. I haven't thought about it. I'm living in the moment right now. But I am certainly privileged to be in this spot. I'd say the relationships and the people that I've gotten an opportunity to meet, coach, work with. It's a people business, and I like our people.
Q: Your punter (Jamie Gillan) has the nickname the 'Scottish Hammer.' What's your assessment of him so far?
A: I got a chance to meet him in Buffalo. Good person. He's done a good job so far with the things we've asked him to do. Has a strong leg, and he's a really good teammate.
Q: …How far are you on that process?
A: We got a long way to go. Just keep on working; take it day-by-day. Do the things that we think we need to do. Try to build team chemistry. Try to go out there and stack good days together and then compete as hard as we can compete on game day.
Quarterback Daniel Jones
Q: How are you feeling health-wise?
A: I'm feeling good. Feeling good. I think I've felt better every day out at practice. Yeah, feeling good.
Q: Do you expect to play now?
A: We'll see how this next day or so goes. But like I said, I felt good today at practice.
Q: Well enough to play today at practice I guess is the question?
A: Yeah. Felt good.
Q: After the injury, it didn't obviously look good in the game, but was there a point the next day or later that night when you were like, 'You know this might be something I can overcome relatively quick?'
A: Early in the week I started feeling better pretty quickly. I realized that I was recovering quickly and felt good, like I said. Just continue to improve throughout the week.
Q: Given this is a contract year, did that affect your decision to play this week at all?
A: No, it didn't. I'm going to do everything I can to be out there regardless of that situation.
Q: How excited are you to play in London?
A: I'm excited. We've heard a lot about the atmosphere, the energy. Playing in front of a somewhat neutral crowd where there's people cheering a lot throughout the game, it'll be fun to be in that atmosphere and see it. We're all looking forward to it.
Q: Did you wonder at all today with the long flight, no sleep, coming out there to see how you feel?
A: A little bit, but not really. I think you try to do what you can before the flight and make sure you're hydrated and get some rest on the flight. But it felt good, felt good coming out today.
Q: Are you tired?
A: Yeah (Laughs). I think we're all pretty tired but get a little time to rest up.
Q: So, if you play, no (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney), no (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) and probably no (Wide Receiver) Wan'Dale (Robinson). How do you manage that?
A: We've had guys step up throughout the year. We have full faith and confidence in those guys stepping up and making plays for us, and we'll put us in a position to be successful, move guys around and let everyone do what they do best. That's kind of been what we've done this whole year. So, that certainly doesn't change. I'm confident in our guys. I think we're all really confident in our ability to go out there and make plays.
Q: Brian (Daboll) has spoke about his transformation with (Buffalo Bills Quarterback) Josh Allen. What's your relationship like with Coach Daboll, and how much have you enjoyed working with him? What kind of impact is he having for you?
A: I've really enjoyed working with Coach Daboll. He's been great for me. Having an offensive-minded head coach has been fun for me as a quarterback and learning the game from his perspective, he's been around the game for a long time – been an offensive coordinator for a long time at several different places and had a lot of success at each one of them. So, he's had a lot of experience to share, and I've learned a ton from him. I think his system is one that fits us well as a team. I think it gives us a lot of options. It allows us to move guys around and get guys in different spots to let them do what they do best.
Q: A speech just came out about players making sure they look after themselves. How difficult is that part versus the head battle as a player, knowing if you miss a game, it could change very quickly?
A: I think that's always tough. As a competitor, you want to be out there and play. I think each injury is different. I don't know exactly what his point was there, but obviously if you have a head injury or if it's – each injury is different. Guys have to understand that and listen to the doctors and trainers.
Q: We're unfortunate to not see Shep (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard) this weekend. But can you speak to maybe what other people can't see behind the scenes and in the locker room even though he's not playing?
A: He's a huge leader for our team. He's a guy that brings a ton of energy and plays with that when he's on the field. When he's not, I think he still brings that energy. He still brings that passion. People feed off of it, and I think he's an important leader for us in that regard. People look to him and feed off of him for sure.
Q: I see that you're running with the ball a lot more. Is that something you enjoy doing?
A: I do. I think we've found certain ways and certain looks where things have been open, and we've had opportunities to do that. I think that's part of the system – part of Coach Daboll and Kaf (Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka) and how those guys see it. We'll continue to look for those opportunities.
Q: Would you like to play in Spain, in Barcelona, in Madrid in one of the soccer teams that people like (F.C. Sevilla Midfielder) Fernando (Reges), like (F.C. Paris Saint-Germain Forward Lionel) Messi, but would you like to play in one of those stadiums for more fans in Europe?
A: Yeah, I think so. I think that would be a cool experience. This is my first time in Europe. I haven't been to Spain or anything like that, but it would certainly be a cool trip. Guys are excited. Guys are excited to be here. I think the atmosphere will be cool on Sunday.
Q: Do you stay around here, or will you try to get into the city?
A: Stay around here.
Q: The 2007 Giants, when they came to England and went on to something very special indeed with the Super Bowl. Have you guys thought about that season? The team is 3-1 at the moment coming to London.
A: I think at this point, we're focused on this week and making sure we're playing our best football on Sunday and we're as prepared as we possibly can be to go out and do that. We're treating it one week at a time and not trying to get too far ahead of ourselves.
Q: (Safety) Xavier (McKinney) said when you guys walked down to the walk on the field this morning when you first got here, it almost looked like you were in a movie. What was running through your mind? What did you see when you were there? I know how hard you try to block things out and block all that stuff out, but did you take any of that in?
A: I think it's a cool experience just to think that we're in London playing a football game. Kind of like Xavier said, you walk down the hill, and there's pastures, there's a golf course, and all of a sudden, you see a football field. That was pretty cool. It's a cool field they set up here at the hotel. Like I said, it's a cool experience. We're all excited to be over here.
Q: Are you playing golf?
A: No. I'm not playing golf (Laughs).
Q: You obviously come from an athletic household. Are you the first person to come out of your family to play overseas?
A: I guess my younger brother played some basketball over here when he was at Davidson. They came over here in the summer, I think, and did some camps. They might have done something when they were at Duke also. He was at Duke. My sister's been around at certain soccer camps and traveled with the U.S. Team. So, I guess they've been, but nothing quite like this.
Safety Xavier McKinney
Q: How tired are you?
A: I'm fine. I got rest on the plane, so not too bad.
Q: How'd you guys look on the field today? You feel like you guys just crawled off an airplane?
A: It was tough before we got out there, but once we got to the field, got warmed up, I think everybody was fine. Plus, I think Dabs (Head Coach Brian Daboll) did a good job of taking care of us. Everything wasn't quite full speed, so it was a pretty good day for us.
Q: How are you going to avoid napping?
A: I'm going to London, so I'm not going to really nap or sleep really until I get back. I'm going to go enjoy the city, look around, go eat something good and do that.
Q: When you guys got here this morning, you guys walked down there for the first time on the field. Did you kind of take a moment to look around? How weird did it feel to be in that scene?
A: Even for meetings, we did a walk through, it just felt like we were in a movie. Everything looks super nice. Everything looks clean. It's just feels like we're in a movie. It feels fun. Obviously, I've never been here so I'm pretty excited. I know a lot of guys are too. A lot of guys haven't been here, it's their first time being here. So, it's definitely been fun so far.
Q: Any specific sights you're looking at when you go down to London today?
A: I have no clue. I don't even know what's down there. But I know there's a lot of fashion, so that's my lane. I'm going to be every place where there's clothes at – that's where I'm going to be at.
Q: How cool does it feel to have (Safety) Landon Collins back on the field with you?
A: It definitely feels good just to have a familiar face – a guy that I can relate to. A guy that's pretty much as far as football-wise, been at Bama (The University of Alabama), kind of been through the same things I've been through. It's definitely good to have him back. Obviously, he's a really great safety; he's going to be able to teach me, not only me but our group, a lot of things, a lot of wisdom that I'm sure he has. So, we're looking forward to it, and it's going to be fun.
Q: Talk about the challenges of going up against (Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
A: It's going to be a great challenge for us. Obviously, he's a Hall of Famer. He's one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever do it. Very dynamic. For us, we've just got to go out there and be ready to execute. It's definitely going to be fun being able to play against him, and obviously the guys around him are really good too. It's going to be a challenge for us as a defense and as a team. I think we know that. Just got to go out there and execute.
Q: Does he have a weakness?
A: I haven't seen one. Hopefully we'll try some things out. I haven't seen a lot.
Q: What kind of atmosphere do you expect Sunday at the stadium?
A: I heard that the atmosphere is pretty crazy. I heard it was sold out, so I know it's going to be pretty loud. I expect the stadium to be rocking. I expect it to be really fun for us. It's a different experience. So, I think it's going to be really fun.
Q: What do you think you guys have to do to beat the Packers on Sunday?
A: Just continue to play how we've been playing. Playing with each other, playing together, playing as a team. Just playing 60 minutes throughout the game. Going out there and executing. Doing what we do. We're just going to continue to do that. We're going to go into the game and try to come out victorious.
Q: Last Sunday when you left MetLife, did you think there was any chance you had both of your quarterbacks (Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor) in London with you? And what does that do for the team to know both of those guys made this trip?
A: I wasn't sure. I know when they both went down, obviously we all saw that, but I didn't know really what the situation was going to be that whole entire week. For us, we were just focused on the defensive things – making sure that we're prepared. Being able to have both of them out here is obviously what we want. We want them to be out here with us. We don't want to be without a quarterback. Definitely good for them to be out here, it obviously helps our team out a lot.
Q: As a Chelsea F.C. fan, are you going to get the chance to go see them?
A: So, I was planning on doing that. I think (Chelsea Midfielder) Mason Mount is supposed to be coming to the game. So, I'm going to meet up with them a little bit while I'm out here, at least if I have some time to do it. That's the plan.
Running Back Saquon Barkley
Q: (Head Coach) Brian (Daboll) talked about trying to keep this week normal. When you come down on this practice field today, walk down the hill, it's got to feel a little not normal, doesn't it?
A: Yeah, you have to take it in at the end of the day, you're blessed. We're in London getting ready to play a football game, but you've got to keep the same mindset that it's a business trip and you know what the end goal is. That's do whatever you can to come out with a win against a really good team. When you can, have your fun, but when we've got to lock in, lock in and get ready for Sunday.
Q: Reps at QB or RB today?
A: Just reps at RB today.
Q: Do you follow the premier league, the soccer in Europe? Do you expect the reaction of the fans to be the same as scoring a goal from the middle of the field when you have a big run? Do you feel that it's going to be something special here in the UK at Tottenham stadium?
A: Yeah, I really don't know what to expect that's kind of what I'm excited for, the unknown. Dabs kind of said it's like if you played at a big college, like the college playoffs, a big bowl game where it's not just one side. Obviously, we know the Giants' fans will do a great job of coming out and showing love and support. I'm just excited to go out there. I'm all about expanding the game, the brand, not just my brand personally but the Giants, NFL and putting on a show for the fans and get them excited at the same time.
Q: You haven't been down there yet, but in the stadium, they have big pictures outside, one of them was of you, what's that mean to you, what does that say that you are the face of the Giants?
A: I would say that's pretty cool to have the photo, but I really don't look at it like that. Like I said, you've just got to take it in. You're across the pond, and you're playing the game that you love. That's how I look at it. I just want to put on a show and do whatever I can to help my team win the game.
Q: You've been here with the NFL, have you traveled to Europe since you've been in the league?
A: Yeah, I've been to London one time for like less than 24-48 hours.
Q: Was it for fun?
Q: Did anybody recognize you?
A: In London? I'm not sure, but I have been, not just in Europe but traveled places outside of the country and they've recognized (me), and I do get a lot of love and support over social media from fans outside of America. I guess when you really break it down it's a cool thing. It's a cool thing to see, and it's also a blessing at the same time. But let's keep the main thing the main thing.
Q: You're on the number one rushing team in the league right now, does it feel different? This offensive line, especially (Tackle) Andrew (Thomas) made a lot of improvement. What does it mean to you to have the number one rushing team?
A: As a running back, it means the world. Like I said, you're going to do whatever you can to help your team win the games. Right now, we've been doing a really good job with running the football and that's been helping us get the job done. Like I said, credit to the offensive line. They've been playing tremendous. Also, the tight ends, wide receivers. My biggest thing that I take pride in is how we're able to adapt and adjust. Every week is something new. We come in with a game plan, a team comes in with a little something different to try to stop us. It's not always the first drive it may be like Carolina, we didn't have the greatest numbers, but at the end of the game we figure it out. We know Green Bay, you can see the big focal this week is probably going to be come in and stop the run and we've got to continue doing what we've been doing, adapt and adjust. Trust in guys like Drew, trust in guys like the o-line, the tight ends and the game plan to put us in positions to be successful.
Q: Players of all positions fight each week to get on the field and stay healthy. When your starting quarterback does it, does that resonate a little with you?
A: Kind of get pressure on me right now because I can see him in the back corner. I really don't want to say nothing nice about him right now. Everyone knows how I feel about (Quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ, just his mentality, his work ethic, type of talent that he is. He's a gritty guy, he's a tough guy. Yes it does speak volumes when you're quarterback has that mindset. Like I said, we're going to continue to rock with him and just keep going.
Q: When you've been through the injuries that you've been through do you now, when you're running this well on the season, take a bit more time to kind of appreciate the job that you're putting in and the football you're playing?
A: Like I kind of said the week before, you can see plays on tape where you're like, 'okay there's a person I know' or especially last week watching film, just being so much more instinctive, trusting the body and letting the body take over. But I've guess I will probably think more of that at the end of the year. Kind of trying to just live in the moment and taking it day by day. We're off to a good start and just got to keep going.
Q: When you said, 'before you started the season that you wanted to prove you're worth and to show what you've got', do you feel that you've shown you've got a lot left in the tank?
A: I feel like we're not in midseason form. The first couple of weeks is always about trying to figure it out. Obviously, we put ourselves in a pretty good position being three and one the first quarter of the season, but I really believe there is so much more we can improve in and continue to get better. Not just in the run game but as a team. That's something that we've got to strive for. Kind of going back to your question, now looking back on it it's not really just proving doubters or haters wrong. It's more just proving to yourself that you still can go out there and make those cuts and make those plays. We're off to a great start but just got to keep working, keep running and hopefully we continue to keep up this pace.
Q: Along those lines, not that you guys need any validation but to improve to 4-1 with a win over a team like the Packers, would that make you guys feel even better about the start to your season?
A: It would make us feel better just because it's another win. The mindset every week is to go '1-0'. That's what we're trying to accomplish.
Q: What were the goals you set for yourself throughout the season?
A: Take it day by day. It's easy to get caught up in, 'oh what can I accomplish? Or what I've got so far?' or you go on social media, 'oh Saquon, (Browns Running Back Nick) Chubb, where everyone's at?'. It's easy to be caught up in that but the way I kind of handle that is focus on the little things, focus on the details. Come in every single day and try to be the best version of myself and the best player I can be for this team. If I keep that mindset, especially with the way the o-line's been playing, at the end of the year we'll look back and be in a pretty good spot.
Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence
Q: How big of a challenge is it going against a guy like (Green Bay quarterback) Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, and what is the key to trying to contain a guy like that?
A: He's a hall of fame, gold jacket-guy. Honestly, we all got to communicate well and be on the same page. He tries to get you with little sneak plays here and there. He throws a very accurate football. It's just being in good position and communicating and getting our keys down.
Q: Did you practice more of the hard count today?
A: Oh my goodness, yeah. We practice it every week, but this week has a little more emphasis on it because he's one of the best at the hard count. We are locked in on it.
Q: How do you simulate it?
A: Being loud with it. Having the quarterback be loud with it. Hold some counts and then hard count. There are different ways to be locked in on the ball.
Q: Do you feel like you're in the best form of your career?
A: No, I don't. I'm 24, I still got a lot of football ahead of me. I'm just learning my position better, and I got good coaches around me to help me develop my skills, my skill levels and get better. Got good guys around me like (defensive lineman) Leo (Williams) and (defensive lineman) Nick (Williams) and (defensive lineman) Jelly (Justin Ellis) who can also help me develop in different ways. I don't think I'm at my peak yet.
Q: Did you get stuck with a middle seat on the flight over?
A: Hell no.
Q: When you guys go here today, you guys went down and took that walk down the hill. What ran through your mind? I know you probably had a little expectation about what this would be like but what did that scene feel like?
A: It kind of felt like peaceful, in a way. It's just opened up to a whole bunch of fields, a little pond over there. We took a couple laps. It just felt peaceful. Get a little stretch. Almost like we are about to do some yoga or something. It was good.
Q: Did you see the castle in the far back?
A: I don't remember seeing that.
Q: How do you feel? Were you able to sleep on the flight?
A: I slept a little bit. I'm kind of weird. Sometimes I can take a little nap and feel more energized if I had slept for a long time. Throughout the day, before practice I was a little down, but during practice, I found some energy. Everybody found some energy so it was good.
Q: Is this your first time in England, and what does this mean for you and the rest of the guys to be representing the Giants here?
A: Yes, it is. It's big, it is my first time, and I'm excited to see how the fans show up and cheer us on. It's exciting for all of us and then it adds a little more excitement going against a guy like Aaron Rodgers. So yeah, we ready.
Q: How are you spending the rest of the day?
A: Probably go to London get some food, shop a little bit probably. I'm going to take a nap, not too long of a nap.
A: Yeah, I got to get some of that.
Q: Tell us the preparation for a player for this from lets say, a west coast game?
A: It has it's similarities in a way. It's just the time change, just got to adjust your sleeping pattern. Adjust your daily things. It's kind of like a west coast game, like you said.
Q: How big is it to get Leonard back?
A: It would be a big boost. He's a good help in the inside. He's a dominant super-star player. Just to have another guy that they have to game plan and focus on. That's my road dog.
Q: You go back a ways with (quarterback) Daniel (Jones), any surprise for you to see him this week?
A: Not at all. He's a tough dude. That doesn't surprise me. Right after the game he was running on it.
Q: Does that fire the rest of the guys up when you know (Daniel Jones)'s dealing with pain and he's going out there still and performing?
A: It does and it makes us want to play for each other more knowing that we are all nicked up a little bit, we all are hurting a little bit, but we're all fighting for each other and fighting for a win. It pumps you up a little bit showing that your brother is fighting for you even though he's wounded. Just always have his back, and the way you have his back is doing your job and playing well.
Q: Do you feel like this is a chance for you guys to prove that you're a really good team? Both teams are 3-1 but it seems like most of the world thinks the Packers are going to win this game, they are obviously heavy favorites. Is this a chance to prove that you guys are for real?
A: I think that's every week to prove that we are for real. If we lose the other games that we won, it's like, 'Who are the Giants?' You know what I mean? Every game is important. Every game is big. This is the next game so it's going to be a big game for us, and we are going to treat it as such. We are going to keep fighting; we are going to keep competing and we are going to keep being there for each other.
Q: Do you think you'll be looked at different if you win this game?
A: I definitely think you earn some respect, for sure. You're going against a guy like Aaron Rodgers. That's another challenge for us.
Q: What success has (outside linebacker) Kayvon (Thibodeaux) had into the season, his impact so far , and once we get into the game are you excited to see what he can do?
A: His first game was Dallas or something like that. It was good to see him communicate with us. He's the type of guy who's quick to figure out what's going on the field. He communicates well and gets other guys knowing what's going on and ties to get us to, 'Lets try this. Let's do this.' Things like that. Even though he's a rookie, we listen to him because he watches a lot of film, he's active in the meeting rooms. He's earning trust.
Q: Whether (Green Bay running back Aaron) Jones is in the game or (Green Bay running back AJ) Dillon – do you have to play them differently because they're different types of runners?
A: They're both physical runners. I'll say you kind of play them the same because even though 33 is a little smaller, he still runs just as big as 28. You play them the same and we got to get 11 to the ball, try to get the ball off of him and bring him to the ground.
Punter Jamie Gillan
Q: Excited to have as close to a home game as you can get here?
A: Yeah. It's going to be great. It's nice being home or as close as I can get to home playing football. It'll be great – great seeing some family and stuff.
Q: How many people are coming to the game?
A: My mom, my dad, my sister, a couple close friends. That's about it.
Q: Have you told your teammates what to expect from the stadium and the atmosphere?
A: Yes. Some people were asking and stuff. I know a lot of guys watched Ted Lasso (Laughs). I love that show, by the way. But just kind of the atmosphere of our football, their soccer. Different chants and stuff. Should be a really good experience for everybody.
A: Oh nice, that's awesome.
Q: Did you guys have a rugby ball out at practice the other day?
A: Yeah. I live right beside a couple of the guys who play on the major league rugby team. So, got them some tickets to the game. They loved it. Gave me a ball for the guys to chuck around, so it was pretty funny seeing people catch it and looking like, 'What on earth is this?' So just to chuck around (laughs).
Q: Do you've got any plans to show what you can do with a ball in your hands?
A: That's a T-Mac (Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey) question.
Q: Do you feel like you're in the best form you've been since coming to the Giants?
A: I just take it one day at a time. I'm in a really good situation right now. I'm playing in the National Football League. It's pretty cool. I give it my all every day to be the best punter I can be for this team. I'm here for a reason – to perform at a high level because I can do it. So, I'm just going to keep plugging away every day and take it one step at a time.
Q: A couple British guys going into the NFL said there's a period of adjustment with their teammates sort of thing. Their teammates maybe thinking, 'What's the British guy doing in here?' Have you ever experienced that in your NFL career? How long does it take to kind of win over a locker room?
A: I think winning over a locker room speaks for itself with how you practice and how you perform on the field. If you go around talking and no action, nobody's going to get behind you. So, it's a similar thing with any locker room in any sport. I had a different path. I went to college. I got to experience the college atmosphere and learn a lot from guys around there and filter into the pros. You've just got to go perform on the field, right?
Q: What are your thoughts on a super bowl being played in the UK?
A: It would be really cool. I think a lot of Americans would have something to say about that. (Laughs) I'm going to leave that to the big dogs over there. It would be really cool. It would be a lot of fun though.
Q: When you look back on your career, did I read correctly that you didn't know what an HBCU was? You thought it was a type of a scholarship? Can you talk about that?
A: Yeah. I didn't know what an HBCU was, stood for Historical Black Colleges (and Universities). I thought it was a sponsor or something. I kind of just got thrown a ball, and I took it and ran with it. I showed up there, and I was very much a minority at the school, which didn't matter to me. I've grown up in many different places with my dad's job being in the military. I showed up there and it was just a totally different experience from what a lot of people had done in football and maybe sports. But it taught me a lot of things. Although I am grounded, it was a very grounding experience for four years there. Especially with some of the guys I played with, the backgrounds they came from, only made me appreciate everything that my family provided for me that much more over the years. It was a different four years. It was tough in certain areas, but it made me who I am right now. It was great.
Q: When they give you the nickname the (Scottish) Hammer – first off, when did you first get called that? But also, the idea of punters wanting to be versatile, not just a guy that kicks it 60, 70 yards. How did you adjust to the nickname? Was there ever any pressure to change it?
A: No, it was in high school. My coach, his name is Brian Woodburn, he's the guy that got this whole journey started. He just happened to give me that name, and you guys can call me anything. I'm going to go out there and do my job. But it stuck – I think it was Tom Pelissero had brought it up on one of the football talk shows before the draft. As soon as it came up, it kind of stuck. So, I'm just going to take it and run with it and have fun with it, right?
Q: (Safety) Xavier (McKinney) doesn't know where to do in London. Are you going to be a tour guide for him?
A: No. I mean, he could go do the touristy stuff; get on the bus and hop around all the places, pay the 40 pounds of whatever it is, tick all the boxes. I'm probably going to stay in Ware and hang out with my mom and dad. I haven't seen my dad in a long time, so it will be really good to see them.
Q: On Pro Day, is it true you hit the ball so hard you made it split? You split the ball?
A: No, actually, it's definitely been exaggerated over the time. I wish I could kick a ball, and it would explode. That would be fun. (Laughs). Basically, I bought three footballs to train for the Pro Day. I didn't know there was a whole process of conditioning the balls to make them for kickers or for quarterbacks. I was just working really hard in the offseason in Arkansas. I really don't know what happened, but in the span of two days as I'm training, one went down. And then another went down. And then the last ball that I spent my money on went down the next day. So, I was left with no balls trying to figure out, 'Hey Wilson, what's going on? Can I please get some balls?' So, that was that. Haven't done since. That was kind of how that went down.