Head Coach Brian Daboll
Q: Just wanted to see if you had updates. I mean you got a lot of injuries. I'll just start with the quarterbacks, Daniel (Jones) and Tyrod (Taylor). Anything on those two guys?
A: Ty's in the (concussion) protocol, and Daniel is feeling a little bit better today. We'll just see how that goes.
Q: Do you anticipate signing a quarterback I guess in the next 24 hours or so?
A: We'll probably work out a few quarterbacks. Whether we sign them or not, I think that's dependent on some of these guys here.
Q: Can you go over some of the other injuries like (tackle) Evan Neal and (wide receiver Kenny) Golladay and (safety) Julian (Love) and the list goes on and on it seems.
A: Evan Neal should be okay. Golladay – we'll see how it goes towards the end of the week. I'd say it doesn't look promising. Who was the other one?
Q: Julian Love.
A: We'll see how that goes, too. He's in (concussion) protocol as well.
Q: If Golladay can't go, is receiver another place where you might need to bring in some guys to work out this week?
A: We'll see. We have three guys on the practice squad that we like. There's some other guys; we'll see where they're at. Whether that be Kadarius (Toney), Wan'Dale (Robinson) – we'll see where those guys are at here as the week goes on.
Q: Are any of those guys – were you encouraged by going into this week?
A: I think they're all making progress. Again, (it's) Monday. So, they've got a couple days here. So, we'll see where they're at once we get done, call it Thursday.
Q: One other thing I wanted to ask you: did you feel that (inside linebacker) Tae Crowder played his best game so far yesterday? And if so, why?
A: I think he played a good game. Made a lot of tackles, was instinctive. Like all of us, still things to clean up. But I thought he played well.
Q: Where are you at that wide receiver position right now in general? Do you maybe expect any of the other guys back, and if not – it looked like you almost catered your gameplan around that last week. Is that sort of where you need to go moving forward?
A: No. I'd say we catered it to playing the (Chicago) Bears – what we thought we needed to do. I think Kadarius and Wan'Dale are making progress, so we'll see where those guys are at. And (wide receiver David) then Sills. I thought that Slay (wide receiver Darius Slayton) came in and gave us some good reps. And then (wide receiver) Richie (James) has been dependable for us. So, depending on those other two guys, again the three guys on the practice squad – we brought (wide receiver) Marcus (Johnson) up. (Wide receiver Makai) Polk and (wide receiver Kalil) Pimpleton have done a good job; we'll continue to work with those guys. So, I think we'll see more towards the end of the week.
Q: This is not the first time you've had to deal with concussions, obviously, in your coaching career. You've got two guys under protocol now. Is anything that happened last week with (Miami Dolphins quarterback) Tua (Tagovailoa) and maybe what you're being mandated through the league now, changing – in any way, shape or form – what you would've done two weeks ago with two players in protocol?
A: No. We take every injury serious here, and we try to do everything we can do to put the player's best interest in mind. That's what we'll always do.
Q: One more thing with Daniel. He's not a pocket-passer per se. You rolled him out and moved him a lot. Do you look at him differently as a quarterback because he obviously can throw, but he's got an ankle issue that maybe if he can't move, he can't play?
A: I just think each day we take a look at him. He can throw from the pocket just fine. Obviously, he has another skillset that you can utilize, whether that's move the pockets or zone-reads. So, I'd say the first thing we do is make sure he's as healthy as can be, and if he can do the things we need him to do for that game plan, then we talk about it. If he can't, then he can't.
Q: Is there any game plan involving Daniel that would not include him using his legs?
A: I'd say it depends on the team we're playing. I've coached a lot of guys that can move and are dual-threat quarterbacks. Sometimes you use more than others each week. I think it depends on who you are playing and the game plan that we think is good for that week.
Q: Two questions for quarterbacks: What do you need to see from Daniel this week? I guess what I'm asking is could he like not practice and because he's played so much and knows so much, can he just play if he's ready to go on Sunday? Or does he need to be part of team reps all the way through Friday to play?
A: I'm just going to take it each day and see how he is. If he can practice and go out there and perform the things we need him to do, great. If he needs a day, he needs a day. I think it's case-by-case with all those guys. Obviously, he's played a lot of football. I trust him and where he's at. I just think that we as a coaching staff have got to do a good job of watching him, evaluating him, getting all the information we need to get to make the best decision for him and the team as we can.
Q: And then, is there a scenario – it seems like there would be – is there a scenario where Davis Webb is your starting quarterback on Sunday? And if so, what's your – I don't want to say your confidence level because I know you have confidence in everybody. But what do you see that he does well if he has to play in a regular season game for the first time in his career the bulk of a game?
A: I think you try to plan for every contingency plan that you may or may not have throughout the week. That will certainly be one of them. Again, I don't want to guess right now on Monday where all the other guys are going to be. Davis been in our offense for quite some time. He knows the ins and outs of it, so if he has to play, we'll do everything we can, and I know he will, to be ready to play. In terms of where we're at at that point, I don't think we're at that point just yet to make a decision. We'll let this thing play out.
Q: A couple of quick ones for you. Did you have a problem with the hit on Tyrod that led to the concussion? It looked like it may have been helmet to helmet.
A: That happens quick. He scrambled around, and again, I thought he knew what he needed for the first down. I thought the defender made a good play on it. It was a quick bang-bang play.
Q: Are you signing (former Giants safety) Landon Collins?
A: We're going to work him out. But we work out – and that was, I'd say (general manager) Joe (Schoen) had that set up before the week even started. We work a lot of people out. I think we'll continue to do that. We did that where we were last place. We'll do that – we'll work as many people out each week to continue to evaluate players and see. Whether it's this week, whether it's down the road, whether it's an emergency case, there's a lot of things that go into it. But that's just part of the preparation process on Joe's end and really for our end, too.
Q: Last one from me. It's kind of a unique week here with the trip to London at the end of it. How does that change any of the things that you want the players to focus on this week in terms of rest and all the other things that go into it. And does it affect at all how you're going to handle your quarterback decision as you get closer to the game?
A: We've made adjustments this week in terms of whether it's reps, no pads. I think (director of coaching operations) Laura Young along with a lot of other people in this organization have done a really good job of preparing for this week ahead of time. We'll have a meeting here at 3:30 after special teams is done to kind of go through things regarding that trip. Again, it's my first time going across seas to participate in a football game. We look forward to it; not much longer travel time than it is to go to the West Coast. So, we'll just try to do our job during the week to get ready. I think the sports science staff, the trainers, like I said (vice president of team operations) Jim Phelan, LY (Laura Young), they've done a good job of getting ready so we can concentrate on the teams we were playing. Give them a brief rundown of some things to expect. It'll be about four people that talk today in the meeting: (vice president of team security) Jerry (Meade), LY, (director of wellness and clinical services) Dr. Lani (Lawrence), and (director of rehabilitation/physical therapist) Leigh Weiss will all kind of address their certain areas, so we feel as prepared as we can before the preparations really start. We'll clean up yesterday's game – go through that. And then they'll have their day off. It'll be a fairly normal week other than we travel on Thursday.
Q: What is Daniel's injury?
A: He has an ankle.
Q: Is it a sprained ankle? No fractures?
A: Yeah. He's fine in that regard. He's got an ankle. It's sprained.
Q: High ankle sprain?
A: I'm not going to get into the specifics of it.
Q: I wanted to ask you about some other guys that I don't think were touched on: (guard) Mark Glowinski, (cornerback) Aaron Robinson, (defensive lineman) Henry Mondeaux, (outside linebacker) Azeez Ojulari, (outside linebacker) Kayvon (Thibodeaux).
A: Let's go one at a time.
Q: Mark Glowinski?
A: He should be okay.
Q: Aaron Robinson?
A: Probably not.
Q: Henry Mondeaux?
A: Probably not.
Q: That's good news. It's not season ending then?
A: Azeez – we'll kind of see where he's at here on Wednesday when he gets back.
Q: And Kayvon?
A: Kayvon should be okay.
Q: And (outside linebacker Jihad) Ward?
A: Ward will be okay.
Q: I'd like to talk about your tight ends. You obviously went a lot with big personnel yesterday, and I think – if I'm correct – on Daniel's touchdown runs you had 13 out there, personnel. If you don't mind, what did you see out of your tight ends, especially Tanner Hudson?
A: I think those guys have made steady improvements. I think Coach Bischoff (tight ends coach Andy Bischoff) has done a really good job with those guys. They're smart. They're tough. They're dependable. We thought that was a good personnel package to use. I thought they played well this game for the things we asked them to do. (Daniel) Bellinger is young. And Tanner and (fullback Chris) Myarick don't have a ton of experience or a ton of production in the league. But these guys have been working their tails off since they're been here. I think they're earning the trust of the coaches to put them out on the field more. And in this game, we happened to use a little bit more multiple tight end sets than the previous couple of weeks. But they earned it. That was part of the plan going into the game relative to deciding what we wanted to do and how we wanted to play. I think that will change every week.
Linebacker Tae Crowder
Q: Did you feel like yesterday was your best game of the season? You obviously had more tackles than you've had in any week, you had a sack. Did you feel like it was your best game of the season?
A: I feel like I played a solid game. Each week, I just want to go out and be better than the next week.
Q: Did you feel like they were pushing you at all by singing, they singed (inside linebacker) Jaylon Smith the week before then they activate him, (defensive coordinator) Wink Martindale has some things to say but the inside linebacker stuff, basically saying they need more production by the inside linebackers. Did you feel pushed at all by any of that?
A: No. I was just excited to add another piece to our defense. I'm glad he went out and had a solid game. Whenever you can get more help, you got to look at it in a positive way.
Q: What happened on the sack? It looked like they picked him (Jaylon Smith), you were both blitzing, and they picked him up and you had a free run.
A: Jaylon did a great job of having great penetration. You know he opened up the lane for me and made it happen.
Q: You were with Jaylon for the last four games of last year, too. While you got OTAs, training camp, and all that to stay in shape at a high level, he didn't. That was his first football since January 9. Are you impressed by what kind of shape he was in, and how he played? How did you feel about a guy who hasn't played since Jan. 9th coming back like that?
A: He's very detailed. He came in with great energy. Being at home, you can see that he obviously wanted to get back into football. Just the energy he brings, coming back and wanting to be great and wanting to do things right. It showed at the game.
Q: It seemed like everybody almost every series you guys were losing someone to an injury. Did you take that as a rallying cry? Like it doesn't matter who's out there, we're going to get this job done. Any time to feel sorry for yourselves like, "Jesus, I can't believe this keeps happening?"
A: It sucks but you just got to be prepared for it. Next man up mentality and whoever's out there, just keep it going, keep it rolling.
Q: Obviously Wink is known for drawing up some pretty exotic pressures. How often is what he draws up during the week actually play out on the field? When you're saying, "We worked on this the whole week," and boom, it opens up. Like maybe your sack or just plays like that.
A: We are always talking about being exact. We just want to prepare the right way and try to be as exact as we can. That play happened for us but like I said, we just want to go out and try to be exact. If it happens, it happens but just because you do it doesn't mean it always will happen.
Q: When he (Wink Martindale) draws a play up and it does work, what does that do for you guys? Again, he doesn't just do standard stuff, right? It's pretty creative. When you see it work, what does that do for you guys as players?
A: We trust Wink so we just go with it. When it does work, it builds confidence. Once it works one time, we just want to keep it going.
Q: Talk about (defensive lineman) Dexter Lawrence – it looks like he freed up a lot for you yesterday.
A: Beast. He's a beast. He had a great game. I'm excited for Dex. We all talked about it this offseason, what he was very capable of and that showed yesterday.
Q: I just wanted to ask if you were surprised – I think you played 100 percent of the snaps according to the stats yesterday. Did you expect that going in and were you drained at the end of that game?
A: I'm a guy who just wants to win. If I'm drained or not, if I'm out there I'm trying to win. Whether I'm tired or not, I'm going to keep going. I'm just trying to do whatever the team needs me to do and yeah, I'm just trying to be the best version of myself.
Q: Is there any better feeling for a defensive player than a sack? How do you rate it compared to an interception?
A: Everything that you do good is good. I don't really know if there is a better way to feel about any other thing, but it feels good.
Q: You've never been to one of these London overseas games. I'm curious what are you expecting?
A: I really don't know. I'm excited to be able to have an experience like this and be able to travel. I really don't know a lot about London and I'm excited to take part in what's to come.
Q: Have guys told you anything? It's different, the travel schedule, right? In how you handle your body. Do you have a plan for that? You're losing the five hours going there which is something you guys aren't used to.
A: Just listing to the (athletic) trainers and trying to do everything right. Get sleep and do the right things. Sleep while we're on the way there and hopefully you just got to be able to adjust.
Tight end Tanner Hudson
Q: With all of the bootlegs you guys were getting yesterday, the blocking you were able to do, what did it mean to help the team and be able to do that?
A: Just going out there and doing my job to the best of my ability along with everybody else. It isn't just me, it's the whole line up front. Everybody getting their job done to trick the defense, get their eyes somewhere else. Just trying to do my part.
Q: That first touchdown run, how long did it feel like you were holding that block and what's it like to be in that situation where you're just one-on-one down field and have to hold a block that long?
A: Well, it helps with (Quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ being a pretty fast quarterback. Just trying to get my leverage, get my hands inside and do my best to get him into the endzone. It did feel like a little bit (laughs), but once he got in the endzone it's all worth it.
Q: What's it like as a tight end, last week the gameplan was a lot of 12 and 13 personnel. I'm sure you like seeing that?
A: Yeah, you just fly with the punches. Whatever they throw at you that week, whether it be in the gameplan or just something that comes up here in the game, you've just got to roll with it. We've got full trust in (Tight Ends Coach Andy Bischoff) Bisch to get us lined up and get us ready for whatever the defense has in store for us.
Q: I don't know what kind of high school you went to, but did it feel a little bit like a Wing-T offense or anything like that at times? A traditional old school, fullback, three running backs, three tight ends kind of offense that you might see at like ground level football.
A: I actually ran Wing-T in high school, but I was the quarterback, so I was handing it off so I got to watch everybody run around. It was fun to get a different perspective as far as blocking and being at the point of attack on some of it. Yeah, it was fun.
Q: This week, it could be any quarterback. What does that do for you guys as pass catchers not knowing who your quarterback is going to be as you go through the week at practice?
A: We have great quarterbacks, so nothing really changes. We're just going to go out there and be prepared for whatever happens.
Q: Do you have to develop more rapport with some of the other guys that maybe you haven't caught as many passes from or is that kind of over blown?
A: I would say you'd like to get as many catches in with as many quarterbacks as you could so everybody sees your ability. At the end of the day, it's our job to catch the ball when it's thrown to us and that's just period for that.
Q: Do you guys look at yourselves in your tight end room as some unheard-of young guys, who haven't proven a lot. Do you ever talk about that, and do you feel like you guys have overachieved so far given the opportunities you've had?
A: I just feel like we're just trying to get better each and every game. It's not something that we look into the media for, we're not looking for attention here or there. We're just coming into work every day. Bisch has a great gameplan, a great eye for everything. He knows what we need to work on to get better. Whether it is me, (Fullback) Chris (Myarick), (Tight End Daniel) Belly (Bellinger), or (Tight End) Austin (Allen). Either way it's just coming in and getting the work done every day and doing what we can do to the best of our ability.
Q: What have you learned about those other three guys in the room?
A: They're great guys. I feel like we have a tight knit group in the tight end room, as usual honestly. I learn from those guys just as much as I hope they learn from me. We're just trying to get better each and every week.
Q: You were sort of a late addition here in the middle of training camp, when you got here, and you looked at the schedule did this London trip stick out to you and say, 'Oh I guess I've got to make sure I have my passport.'
A: I've been to London once already. It was a fun experience, but realistically it's a business trip. It's another game, it's another week that we've got to prepare for. Green Bay is a tough opponent, so we've just got to continue to prepare the way that our staff is telling us to and trust in them.
Q: Any tips you came away with from the first trip to London?
A: Not many. It's a cool city. Just trying to see if it's going to be inclement weather, we've got to be prepared for that. You know, just another game.