Head Coach Joe Judge
Opening Statement: Obviously, today is a little bit of a bonus day for us in terms of prep of a normal game week. We'll obviously start prepping some on Denver. There will (also) be a lot of New York Giants stuff we've got to focus on. We have a number of new players who have joined our team with the weekend we just had being dead period rules. There's a lot of guys that haven't had a lot of experience with things we're doing, so today is important to get guys caught up vocabulary-wise, just get them on our alphabet, understand what we're saying going out there, give them a chance going into next weekend to see if they can compete and get into the game. With that being said, I'll open it up to any questions that you have.
Q: Did you see the amount of contact, physical live action, that you needed to see from (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) last Thursday or are you putting in another one of those this week?
A: Two things. One, I thought we had for the first day a good amount of it, of what we had to do, live contact last week. In terms of this week, we'll be in pads on Wednesday. We'll see a little bit more. I know the next question coming is, 'Where are you on Saquon?' Look, that won't be decided until later in the week. I want to see how he responds to a couple things physically within his body and make the best assessment going forward for him this weekend and going forward past that.
Q: How is he feeling right now coming out of that practice?
A: I can't speak for him directly, but he was smiling today.
Q: How much does that Thursday game next week factor into the decision? It's a short turnaround. Does that factor in at all or if the guy is ready to play on Sunday he'll play on Sunday?
A: I think it's independent of the player. In terms of just Saquon specifically, talking about the second game, we're really focused on the first game right now. That second game is obviously a very real thing being a short turnaround, but the reality is we've got the Broncos coming this week and we've got to have all our attention on that.
Q: Are you optimistic about (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay)? I know from the get-go he had said and you guys had said you're hopeful about him Week 1. Is that still the case?
A: I'd say a number of these guys coming back right now, we're optimistic about all of them, to be honest with you. We'll see how they do throughout this week in practice. Saw a lot of guys make a lot of gains last week. There are a lot of guys that are getting reintroduced to the team that missed some time in training camp. I'd say it was a productive week in terms of them making progress with the team on the field. Obviously, this week will be a big thing for them. Having today is a big part of that, kind of a bonus day, tomorrow being a little bit of a rest day. Gives us a little bit more of a window going into the tail end of the week. Again, I'd say as much as Saquon with all those guys, I don't think we'll make any final decisions until later in the week.
Q: What about (Tight End) Evan (Engram)? Do you expect him out here doing more this week?
A: We're going to check with the trainers. He did some stuff this weekend. Sounds like he's progressing in the right direction. We'll see in terms of what his load this week is going to be, we'll see where he's going to be as far as practice today. That could be anything from nothing to individuals to see if we can progress past that.
Q: I'm sure all the guys had to get tested when they came back. Were they all negatives?
A: Yeah, from everything we've been told at this point right now, they were.
Q: Is that kind of a "hold your breath" moment as a coach with them coming back?
A: I think we're all very aware of the circumstances around it. You're all very aware of what happened in Dallas with (Cowboys Guard Zack) Martin. You don't want to see that happen to anybody on any team. You want every team to really have all their players. That's what it's about, it's a competition. We just talked to our team and hit them again in a squad meeting about being safe, just making sure that we take the measures we have to. It's the same conversation that we started camp with, the same thing. There are protocols in place whether you're vaccinated or unvaccinated and whatever the protocols are to you, you have to follow them. We'll support everybody as long as you follow the protocols. I would say that our team has done a tremendous job. We haven't had to have one meeting or anything this training camp in terms of telling guys to space out or put on masks. They've all been very in tune, very respectful of each other and each other's status, so we have to stay on them and remind those guys just to make sure that we make all the right decisions, we don't put ourselves in a position that could cost somebody some time on the field unnecessarily.
Q: Obviously, you said there would be a little bit of Broncos today, a little bit of Giants, but from a coaching staff perspective – I know you guys have different assignments across the board – how early would you say someone on your staff has broken down Denver film to kind of get a head start for you guys?
A: We did a full breakdown as a staff and a preliminary game plan back in the spring. We spent time on the first three opponents. That's not really uncommon, a lot of teams do that, but we spent time in the spring of really thoroughly going through it as staffs – offense, defense, kicking game. Then, you obviously monitor it through preseason. When the personnel changes, the team changes obviously, it's about the players, so you monitor where they are coming out of the final cuts, who they have available right now, what you think they may do similarly or differently based on what you see in preseason and who they have available right now. Then, you go ahead and you tweak the game plan based on your own roster, as well. There's obviously been some adjustments to what we did in the spring, but it gives you a good snapshot early on of what to work with.
Q: What do you say to your guys? You have some guys who are noted film junkies and will dive in – a guy like (Linebacker) Blake (Martinez) or (Defensive Back) Logan (Ryan). Do you want them to hold off a little bit before they dive in or are they the kind of guys that you think are diving in just when the coaches are diving in?
A: I think they're diving in. Now, I can't say any of the players were watching these guys back in the spring. We haven't talked about any opponents outside of the Giants, except for preseason opponents, until now really, so I think this is the right time for these guys to start working through tape. You start out with some cut-ups that apply to you and then watch some games to get familiar with what you're going to do – this offense against schemes that are similar to what you run, this defense, same thing, against schemes that you may run. You want to go ahead and see how they may call the game, how they may adapt, what they've done in previous exposures against coaches on our staff, so taking all that into account and then at the end of the day, it's just about getting the right information to the players and boiling it down to what we're going to do as a game plan. But I would expect our players to be watching tape really starting today and working through the week.
Q: From a big-picture perspective, obviously there's a perception amongst the national media that you guys are not going to have a great season. The expectations are not high. I know you don't pay attention to it and you tune it out. It's probably hard for some of your guys to not pay attention to it. Are you okay with these guys using that as motivation? Would you prefer that they not use it as motivation when they see it? How do you feel?
A: Whatever you've got to use as motivation, go ahead. If it helps you, it helps you. Look, we've got to worry about what we can do inside the building to affect the results on the field. The noise on the outside doesn't really affect anything we're doing internally.
Q: What was the biggest lesson you learned about being a rookie head coach and being a rookie head coach of the New York Giants in this market?
A: Big-picture-wise? Look, I could talk for 30 minutes about this. I think it's important just to show up every day and just do your job to prepare the team. And that sounds really generic, but that's really what it is. If you start to pay attention to all the stuff on the outside as we just referenced, that's just going to deter from your own preparation of your own team. The things that are important are showing up, knowing the opponent, knowing your own roster, communicating what you want done on the field, talking with the players, correcting mistakes and getting ready for Sunday.
Q: When the doctors tell you somebody is ready to play, does that ever mean he's good for 20 plays or he's ready to play and good for the whole game?
A: To me, I can only control volume, I can't control intensity. You may manage somebody's reps based on practice or a game, whatever it may be, but to me, when a doctor says someone is healthy for a game, you've got to be healthy to play. You only take a limited number of guys to a game, so if the doctor says someone is good to go, they've got to be good to go for us.
Q: From a generic perspective, as far as the roster is concerned, how close is it to the expectations that you set going into the season for what you want to accomplish?
A: In terms of just the players we have available?
Q: Just in general, injuries aside.
A: Look, I'm pleased with the players we have to work with. I think one thing that everyone has to keep in mind, too, and you look at the length of the season, the roster is never really final. It's really not and the players have to understand that through a lot of different ways, whether it's turning the practice squad over to find good developmental players or with new rules, vets to flex up, if possible, through having guys through injury (that) you may lose, getting some guys back off injury. The roster's an ever-evolving thing and you're really looking through September to really find your identity as a team to really go ahead and level out your roster as best you can and to work through some situations, play with good fundamentals and give yourselves a chance. At this point in the season, nothing's final. You'll see we have a number of new guys on our team already right now. We didn't go through training camp with a lot of guys. We haven't had an opportunity to really meet with a lot of these guys until this morning. So, in terms of a roster being final, we explain to our players all the time it's about what you do on a daily basis. It's about production and consistency and you've got to earn it every day.
Q: How close do you think you are to the schedule that you predetermined going into opening day for where you want to be?
A: Schedule from opening day in terms of –
Q: In terms of where your litmus test was, like, 'When we get to opening day, I want to be able to see this from our team.' Have you seen it?
A: I've seen a lot of things that are leading into exactly where I want to be. There are some other things you've got to clean up, as well. I think it ties back into you're never a finished product. If at any point we sit back and say, 'That's it, we got what we need right there,' we're not doing our jobs. Our jobs as coaches is to keep finding things that we've got to correct and help the players go out there and play more effectively.
Q: (Tackle) Andrew Thomas, we didn't see him do anything or much on Thursday. Why was that and should we expect him out there today?
A: Yeah, he'll definitely be practicing today. We were mixing different guys around the other day for different reasons. I talked about it before, based on different loads on different guys at different times, we pull some guys and at other times push other guys, so I wouldn't read too much into that.
Q: Externally with your offensive line, there's a lot of concern with how that unit is going to be. What would you say provides you optimism with that group?
A: The way they work and prepare every day. They're a tough group, they play together. As a team, we're going to stand together. We're going to come out here and get better as a team. That's it. That's all we can control is getting better every day.
Q: What about Andrew? We saw him – he struggled in that last preseason game. Is that –
A: It's funny, sometimes the assessments on the outside don't really have the entire picture at hand and understanding all the other 10 pieces that go together. So, you've got to take that with a grain of salt sometimes when you read certain things. Now look, everyone can play better. I can coach better, a player can play better. That's why we're here today practicing. If it was a finished product, we'd just sit on the side and just relax. We're all here to get better today.
Q: So to you, that last performance from him wasn't alarming? Is that what you're inferring?
A: Like every player, we're going to push everyone to improve every performance and today's an opportunity for us to go out there and get better.
Q: Why is Blake Martinez such a luxury for you?
A: I don't know if he's a luxury. I think he's a solid player who fits in our program, that we love having every day. I think you need good linebackers. I don't think it's a luxury in this league. I see it more as a necessity. So, in terms of Blake, I'm glad we have him on the team. I enjoy working with him every day. He gives us good leadership. He's a good communicator, he's a tough football player, he's a smart football player and he puts the team first.
Defensive Back Logan Ryan
Q: Captain Logan?
A: It's captain Logan now, guys. That's how I want to go from here on out. I'm telling my wife to call me that and my kids. I'm excited.
Q: Who else (is captain)?
A: (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones), obviously. He did a great job, he deserves that. He worked his butt off. I'll probably give him the offseason award winner – I think he outworked me this offseason. He really put a lot of work in. (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley), (Center) Nick Gates, obviously great players for our offense. On the defensive side, I don't want to misquote it, (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) just told us – Myself, (Safety) Jabrill (Peppers), (Linebacker) Blake (Martinez) and then (Kicker) Graham Gano. So, hopefully I'm not missing anybody, but obviously all leaders. The one thing I like about here is, Joe says, like last year I got to the team like two days and he's like, 'You don't know anybody here, don't even vote for captain. Don't waste a vote.' If you're new here and you haven't been here, you don't really know who the captains are, who's earned it – we're not going to have everyone just vote. It's not going to be a popularity contest. I just try to do a good job of serving my teammates, anything the younger guys asking me from my years in the league, I try to be an open book. I'm not worried about those guys in terms of holding everything to myself and really just try to put my teammates in the best positions to succeed because we all need each other. I'm honored to be a captain, I take it very seriously and I'm going to try to do my best with it.
Q: Does anything change for you? You were a leader last year, but now you have a title.
A: No, it's no change in my day to day. The peers voted for me, so honestly, I just don't want to disappoint them, and I take that seriously. I think there's a responsibility you have to have. I think there's a responsibility you have to have as the leader of the locker room, which I always try to say I was – to really understand and make sure the coaching staff and the players are on the same page at what that may be. Really just address the guys needs in whatever that is. I'm kind of like that as an NFLPA rep and I'm kind of like that anyway. I just take it more seriously because the guys voted me. Honestly, it's the first time in my nine-year career I was voted captain, so I'm excited that I can accomplish that and I'm excited for the team.
Q: When you look at this defense, what do you think you need to do to get to the next level?
A: Just play the games, just line up and play. It's all through experience, it's all through playing together. We obviously added pieces, but we haven't played a ton in the games yet, I think we played one half together so far, in actual games and it was okay. It was a good half, not perfect. We just have to play the game. September football, you know, you're not going to be the '85 (Chicago) Bears in September football. You've got to go out there and execute and tackle and we haven't been live tackling too much. Nobody has played a full four quarters yet in the NFL. So, the first game in September football, especially, is about fundamentals and understanding the situations and playing smart. I think we need to play smart and if we do that, I think our talent and our execution will come together, but we've got to play smart and execute.
Q: Have you broken out the (Broncos Quarterback) Teddy Bridgewater film or had you already broken it out?
A: Yeah, of course. I've been watching him over these last couple of days off. He's a very smart quarterback, man, he beat me in Louisville (versus) Rutgers nine years ago. He took a broken wrist, broken leg, whatever he had, he took a Sugar Bowl berth from us. Very smart guy, very cerebral, protects the ball I think a little better than (Broncos Quarterback) Drew Lock, obviously, and I think that's why he won the job. I think he's going to protect the ball. They have good playmakers. I think his job is to distribute the ball to the playmakers and I think he has to do a good job of protecting the ball. I think he does that, (a) cerebral guy, been in the league eight years. I've got a lot of respect for him going back to college.
Q: How has Joe Judge gotten this team to believe in themselves? What qualities does he have that enables that?
A: Consistency in his approach. Wins, losses, consistent. Come out here, the standards the standard. The fundamentals are the fundamentals. He doesn't get too high, too low. He kind of stays on it. He's a tough coach that stays on you. Regardless how you think you're playing he's going to stay on you and tell you how it is. I think the players need to believe in themselves and I think we've done a good job with that just through the preparation. Just get extremely prepared and you've got to play to the level of your preparation. Just feel confident with the work you put in and go play free and go execute it. No one's going to be perfect this Sunday. It's the first game of the year, but we've just got to execute a little better than they do on the other side and find a way to win the game in the end. I think Joe's kept us together last year through that and this year we've prepared really hard to reap some of the benefits of it. So, we've got to go out there and play the game.
Q: Daniel and some of the guys on offense here ran (Broncos Offensive Coordinator) Pat Shurmur's offense, so have you guys leaned on them at all or have meetings been any different and have included them to give you guys insight? Or do you guys not need that as a defense?
A: No, you need anything you can get. I'll read some stuff on Wikipedia sometimes. So, I'll look into it, check the sources. You know I played against Shurmur's offense in Tennessee. But as I dive into it and I'll ask Daniel things that I feel – I'm not going to bombard him. But I'll ask him what things I feel that might help us of anything he might know – signals, calls, anything like that, go-to plays or whatever. But it's a player's league, man. They've got (Broncos Wide Receiver) Jerry Jeudy. They've got (Broncos Tight End) Noah Fant. They've got two good running backs. They've got (Broncos Wide Receiver Courtland) Sutton back. Sutton's a good route runner in certain areas. Jeudy's a good route runner. So, they're going to get their guys, just like us. We're going to get their guys – the players and what they do best, let them do what they do best. Different players, same system, but he's going to find a way to utilize his players, so we're really trying to get to know the guys right now.
Q: How important is (Cornerback) Adoree' (Jackson) considering all those weapons that you just named?
A: Very important. Adoree's a very important piece. We know why, he's a good corner. He makes everyone's jobs easier. He makes my job easier with him out there. Him and (Cornerback James) Bradberry, they're smart guys. They have good skill sets. They matchup with number one receivers in big games, in playoff games. They've been there. So, we've just got to go out there and go play. We've got to execute. It's good to get him back this week, so we can start running our stuff together, but it's really how we play together. Adoree's a good piece and Bradberry's a good piece, and I'm a piece and (Jabrill) Peppers is a piece. We've all got to bring it together and that's what it's all about. It's coming together in a system and that's what takes reps. That's what takes game experience and that's what I'm excited to roll it out, and the fans and myself are all going to see it on Sunday. So, I'm excited to roll it out and give it our best shot.
Tight End Kyle Rudolph
Q: How do you feel?
A: I feel great. I'm extremely excited. I feel like Week 1 in the NFL is always a really, really, exciting week. Every team in the NFL's goals are out in front of them. You've worked since we came back together virtually in April for this week. Everything that we've done through virtual meetings, OTAs, minicamp, training camp is for this. These are the games that matter. These are the games that are for real.
Q: You sound like a guy who's ready to play.
A: Absolutely. Yeah, I couldn't be more excited. These last couple of weeks for me, I said it up in New England, this is what I love to do. I love being out there with my teammates. I tell people all the time, the hardest part of our game is when you're injured, and you can't be on the field. That's what I dealt with for eight months since December and it was just really exciting for me the last couple of weeks being back out there.
Q: Are you ready to play 60 snaps if you need to on Sunday?
A: Yeah, I'm always ready to play 60 snaps. You play this game long enough you know what it takes. For me, early on in my career, I kind of learned – it's cliché to say it – but you approach each play and then I kind of learned it when you play preseason games – everybody knows you may play eight plays, you may play 12 plays, you may get a quarter, but you're not playing the whole game. But yet, you prepare that entire week like you're going to play the whole game and that really has taught me over the years how to (be) on Sundays, go out there and play one play at a time. You play one play at a time, you put one foot in front of the other – and if that's 30 times, 60 times, 75 times, so be it.
Q: What are the qualities of (Head Coach) Joe Judge that have stood out to you?
A: The biggest thing for me is his leadership. This is my first time playing for a head coach that's not an offensive or defensive-minded coach. He's a guy that in his special teams background, he's had the whole team in his room for all of his meetings and you see that throughout our entire locker room. The leadership of the guys on offense, guys on defense, certainly guys on special teams that he has a close eye on. So for me, it would be his leadership ability.
Q: How does your role change if (Tight End) Evan (Engram) doesn't play?
A: You know what, to me, I probably couldn't sit up here and tell you how my role is at this point anyways. We're going to go out there and the guys we got are going to give it everything we have to try to go beat the Denver Broncos. In this league, all you're doing is worrying about 1-0 this week. We want to go beat the Denver Broncos.
Q: Is that a little strange for you as a guy who was in one place for so long and was so entrenched there and come here and not really know kind of how you're going to fit in?
A: I'd be lying to you if I'd knew what my role was each and every week in Minnesota, as well. That's the nature of our position. When you go into a game, you may catch 10 balls. You may not catch a single ball and you may be in pass protection. You look at the team that we're playing and the two guys that they have on the edge, I can guess what my role's going to be for most of the game. But at the same time, you just have no idea and that's part of the beauty of the tight end position. You have to be locked in on every play because our role is in all three phases of the game – run, pass and protection.
Q: The offensive line has taken its share of criticism, but you haven't been in there and that's one of your strengths. How much can you improve the line by being in there?
A: I mean, I'm not going to improve those guys. Those are five guys that have worked extremely hard. Five guys that in my opinion, have the toughest job in our game. You think about who are the highest paid players on defense, it's the guys they've got to keep from getting to the quarterback. But at the same time, I have done a lot more pass protecting and blocking in recent years, so if I can be there for them and help them and take some of the burden off them in protection, then I'll gladly do it.
Q: I know it's part of your assignment this week, but a guy who's playing quarterback for Denver you're pretty familiar with.
A: Yeah, he's as good as they come. I couldn't be happier for (Broncos Quarterback) Teddy (Bridgewater) for his opportunity to be the starting quarterback. He deserves it. What he went through when we were together, the fact that he's even playing football right now is a true testament to him and his work ethic.
Q: Do you sneak into the defensive room and let them pick your brain a little bit?
A: I'm pretty familiar with this quarterback and that offense on the other side. I played in it for a few years as well, so if they ever have any questions, I'm here to help.
Q: Obviously, there's the familiarity here for some of the guys with (Broncos Offensive Coordinator) Pat Shurmur calling the offense. You obviously – I remember talking to you when you guys were in the AFC title game about your affinity for Pat. Will it be good to see him, as well?
A: Yeah, he definitely will be one of those guys that hopefully after the game, after a win, I can go see him and say hi and ask him how he's doing and how his family's doing. He's certainly one of the guys that I have a great affinity for in this game and I have a ton of respect for. I had him as a position coach, and I had him as a coordinator and he's as good of a human being as they come and he's equally as good of a coach.
Q: I know you don't know if Evan or (Tight End) Kaden (Smith) can play, but if they can't, is your foot ready to play 70 snaps a game?
A: Yeah, I answered that question before. Whatever's needed from me, I'm ready to go. Whether it's 25, 50, 75, who knows with overtime, we could get into the 80s or 90s. I'm just going to keep going until they take me out.
Q: It's kind of funny how now you're the healthy guy.
A: I've certainly had enough time to get healthy, so here we are.
Q: You mentioned, Joe Judge's leadership, how does he lead? What is his leadership style?
A: He's tough. He's really tough. One of the first lines that stood out to me in our first team meeting in training camp was that it's not going to be easy. His program here is not easy, but it's worth it. I've mentioned my familiarity with that style having played for (Former Notre Dame Head) Coach (Charlie) Weis in college and it couldn't be more true. He pushes us. He gets the most out of us, but at the same time, he's always fair and it's always worth it.
Offensive Tackle Andrew Thomas
Q: Saw you got a rest day last week. How is the foot feeling?
A: I'm doing well. The days off definitely helped. Excited to get back to work.
Q: Was it bothering you at all before that? Is that why you needed a rest day?
A: Not necessarily. The coaches just thought it was a good day for me to get a little bit of rest.
Q: How imposing of a test is (Broncos Linebacker) Von Miller and (Broncos Linebacker) Bradley Chubb and what the Broncos are going to throw against you guys?
A: Definitely a dominant group at outside linebacker. Both very talented. We'll have to be on our A game to block them.
Q: When did you start watching film of them? Have you snuck it in all training camp, in the spring, or is it just starting right now?
A: It started last week. During camp, we were focusing on ourselves and the few opponents we had in preseason, but it started last week. Just clips, film, breakdown, stuff like that. Just trying to key our moves and stuff like that.
Q: Are you expecting Miller to be as good as ever? I know he didn't play last year, but are you expecting him to be as good as ever?
A: Definitely. (He's) one of the best of all time to play in the league, so we've got to be prepared.
Q: How did you use the long weekend?
A: I just spent a little bit of time with the family, came in for a little bit of treatment, stuff like that. Few lifts and staying in shape, stuff like that.
Q: From the outside, there's a perception that you guys are going to struggle this season – I'm sure you guys are aware of that as players. How do you process that? Do you personally use that as a little motivation? Because you can't really ignore it or tune it out, so how do you process all that?
A: For me personally, (I) try not to pay attention to it, one. Then two, as a unit, we always talk about (being) confident, have confidence in your play, have confidence in your preparation. That comes through practice. If you're focusing on what happened in the past, you won't be confident for what's approaching you in the future.
Q: Are you the type of guy who uses that cliché chip on the shoulder, prove the doubters wrong motivation? Do you do that?
A: I wouldn't say that necessarily. I think I have a chip on my shoulder naturally. The pressure I put on myself is greater than anything coming from outside.
Q: What did you see when you went back in the preseason game? I know you talked about squaring your step, is that kind of what you thought you saw when you looked, or did you see something else maybe?
A: The same things I've been working throughout training camp, just trying to stay square as long as possible and just working on different hand strikes, stuff like that.
Q: How much of a challenge is it possibly playing next to somebody who you just met?
A: It's not really that much of a difference when I'm on the field. Whoever's in, as long as we're communicating, it's the same thing, same scheme. As long as we're communicating and staying on the same page.
Q: (Guard) Will Hernandez was saying if people are saying the offensive line is going to struggle, we have to show them it's not going to. Is the offensive line, with all the criticism it's taken, taken on an, 'Us against the world,' kind of mentality?
A: That's just the kind of mentality that I think we've always had. We want to be the guys to lead the group. (Wide Receivers) Coach Tyke (Tolbert) always says, 'We go as the O-line goes,' so that's the mentality that we have. We have to come and be dominant for the offense to perform well.
Q: Have you – I think people have said – maybe overcorrected what you were struggling with last year? Like, gone so far to correct that that something else has come up? Is that a fair assessment?
A: Not necessarily. I think as an offensive lineman, there's always techniques to get better at and when you're focusing on one thing there might be something else that you have to work on. Playing in the NFL, guys are going to expose that. They watch film, so you have to do your best to have everything taken care of.
Q: Do you think what we saw in the preseason game is a fair assessment of where you are?
A: I wouldn't say that. I would say I had a long camp, a lot of practices, a lot of good practices. Didn't play in the Browns game, but I've been working hard in training camp and I think I'm prepared for the season.
Q: Was that a step backwards for you that game, that performance?
A: I wouldn't say necessarily a step backwards, but definitely a learning experience. Like I said, I went back over the tape, (and) corrected some things going into the season.
Q: How much pressure do you feel? You were a high pick, and you know you were a first-rounder –People around this league are expecting a lot from you. How much do you sense that or feel pressure from that at all? They don't want you to just be good, they want you to be worth the number four overall pick.
A: Like I said earlier, I try to put pressure on myself. Anything outside is not more than the pressure I put on myself to be great, to be a great offensive lineman.
Q: You saw how (Head) Coach (Joe Judge) rotated tackles last year with (Formers New York Giant & Current Broncos Tackle) Cam Fleming and (Tackle) Matt (Peart). If you get rotated, is that something that you can be comfortable with or do you have to play 65 snaps to get in your rhythm?
A: Not necessarily. Whatever is best for the team, that's what I'm going to do. Whenever I'm on the field, try to play the best I can.
Q: When you've watched tape of the Broncos pass rush going up against their other division rivals, what do people do to stop them?
A: Their rush is a little different between Von and Bradley, but I would see Bradley most of the time because he plays on the left side most of the time – but just being square in your stance. He has a lot of power coming off the edge off his speed rush, so you have to have a good punch. You have to reach with your hands well. Then he also has a long arm that he counters with a dip and spins inside sometimes, so, just being really square in your stance and having power in your punch, I would say.
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