Head Coach Joe Judge
Opening Statement: Today we'll start our prep on the Rams. Obviously, this is an explosive opponent. They're good on all three sides of the ball. (Rams Head Coach) Sean (McVay) does an outstanding job with the offense in terms of using his weapons. They've got a lot of them. They do a great job of utilizing this offensive line to open up run opportunities as well as the play-action pass and shots down the field. They do a great job playing with tempo, they do a great job of adjusting play by play as well as within the game schematically.
Defensively, they've carried a lot of similarities from last year. I think (Rams Defensive Coordinator) Raheem (Morris) is doing a great job. Obviously, there's a lot of continuity with the assistants on that side of the ball. Raheem's done a great job really getting out there, keeping that front really playing aggressive, making plays on the back end. Obviously, they've had a lot of personnel adjustments throughout this season with the back end and they've done a good job with that.
In the kicking game, known (Rams Special Teams Coordinator) Joe D (DeCamillis) for a long time. Lot of respect for him. Joe is a very unconventional coach and I say that with high compliments. He's very aggressive, creates a lot of multiples, makes you think and plan and communicate, and he's got good players on his team to make a lot of big plays. With that being said, I'll open up to any questions you may have.
Q: How's (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones) progressing so far?
A: I'd say he's kind of on track with everything right now. He's with the trainers. He can't walkthrough or practice or anything with us today. He's in the meetings, he's participating in that part. We'll go through the rest of the week and kind of see where that all leads.
Q: If everything does go (accordingly) and he progresses everyday as planned, is being ready for Sunday an option?
A: I would say from all the information we have, yes. If he's cleared medically, it would be an option.
Q: How are your other guys doing – (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley), (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay)?
A: We're not going to see Saquon or Kenny today. They'll be with the trainers today. We'll see if that improves as far as going into tomorrow. The other guys will all be active with us in practice as far as moving around. We're going to practice some today. We'll have a better idea probably coming out tomorrow in terms of seeing these guys in some extended movement of what we're going to do, but they'll all be out here with us in practice.
Q: Does it complicate things for you – if I understand the protocol right, Daniel can't get on the practice field for at least a few more days, so you have to at least start prep with (Quarterback) Mike Glennon. If you have to make a late change, does that complicate things at quarterback?
A: We're fully preparing for both quarterbacks. Mike does a great job every week of coming in, staying ready, preparing. I have a lot of confidence in Mike. He got in the game last week, did a lot of good things for us, so we're just plowing forward.
Q: Is (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) one of those guys that you mentioned that will be out here today?
A: Yes, he will be out here.
Q: One of the issues with Daniel – you said he could possibly play on Sunday if everything stays on track, but when can he practice? There are certain protocols, so he could potentially be going into a game with very little practice, is that correct?
A: I'm going to wait on all the deadlines on when he'd be on the field or not based on when he gets cleared for step-by-step, but right now he's moving along with the trainers and medical process. There's a lot of things that go into this in terms of the independent doctors have to also weigh in on decisions, so we're preparing fully for both quarterbacks.
Q: Does the protocol mean he literally has to wait a certain amount of hours and that would mean he would not be able to get on the field?
A: I believe there's an opportunity, but I'm going to wait for the trainers for more direction on that.
Q: If he can't practice at all this week, do you play him against the Rams?
A: It'd be a decision I'd have to look into in terms of where I think he is physically and mentally for the game. That'd be something we have in consideration.
Q: So you're not ruling that out?
A: I would not rule that out, no.
Q: What's your reaction to what happened with Jon Gruden?
A: Obviously, I know that some things happened. To be completely transparent with you, I haven't read any of that stuff, I haven't kept up on the details of that stuff. I know there's a lot of things in there that are obviously inappropriate. Before I make any specific statements, I haven't done any research on it. We've been kind of buried in between Dallas and the Rams and things of that nature. I've heard what's going on. You're obviously very conscious of moves that happen within the league. In terms of any specifics with it, I don't know the details.
Q: When you think of the Rams, you think of (Rams Defensive Lineman) Aaron Donald. Obviously, here's a guy that all offenses game plan against, so how do you neutralize this guy?
A: I think first off, this guy goes into every game and someone's got a plan for him, right? This guy is always getting doubled, he's always getting a slide towards him, he's always getting chipped. They've always got a plan for him. What they do a great job of with him is they move him around so much and they find the matchups they want, and they make you really find him and adjust your game plan on him. You've got to play him with good fundamentals, you have to have multiple plans for him. You can't go in there and just say we're just going to do this to him. This guy is a different type of player. I mean, he's a different type of player. He's extremely strong, he's extremely fast, he's very, very active, he has a high motor, he's got great instincts. You watch him and (Rams Outside Linebacker Leonard) Floyd and the others really play off each other in the pass rush through the middle and off the edge – look, this guy is an issue. Point blank, this guy is an issue. He's one of the best players to have played in the National Football League and you name the amount of years, he's in that category. In terms of how to deal with him, obviously there are some things in the game plan that we're going to go ahead through the week and see how they fit us, what we do with him. I think the biggest thing with him is when you get into the game, being flexible enough to change your plan based on what they're doing with him, so you have to have some multiples within your game plan and also you can't lock your knees on what you're looking to do.
Q: You know how hard Saquon worked to get back. Have you talked to him just as a human as much as a player about now having another setback that may or may not cost him a couple of weeks, a few weeks?
A: I think the thing with all of our players, specifically talking about Saquon and how hard he has worked to get back, the progress he was making – obviously, I'm not going to speak for him. I think for all of us, you can just tell that it's tough on a guy when he's worked so hard to get back and put himself into a certain position. He was really helping the team then you have a setback like this, it's obviously frustrating. The biggest thing for him right now is just work on getting healthy. We'll see what that timetable looks like as we get going. We're going to keep him as involved with our team as possible, whether that means this week or next week or whatever it means. We'll have to see as that gets going, but he's done a great job of coming in, staying positive, being prepared, doing all the things for the team he needs to do. That's really the focus right now is just staying mentally engaged and physically get healthy. That's the same focus for any player with an injury.
Q: When you don't have him, what do you lose?
A: I think it's important we understand that every player on the roster is responsible to be ready to play and be productive. Now, specifically about Saquon, I'm not going to go ahead and brush him off that he's not an impact player on the team. You lose a lot of leadership, but that comes from everyone on the team, so we've got to step up in that regard. You can talk about the multiples that he gives you on offense in terms of as a receiver and a runner, obviously the way different defenses have to plan and prepare for him, but, again, that's our job as coaches and players to step up and make sure that we make the plays that are presented to us right there in the situation. I have confidence in everyone on our roster. It's our job to be prepared. We always talk about the next man up philosophy, that's what we are here. We don't want to lose any player to injury. You especially hate seeing anybody who's worked hard coming back off a previous injury to have a setback, but that's sometimes the nature of it. It doesn't make it easy for anybody.
Q: When you have a bunch of players on the team that have lost a lot – the records – for you as a coach, do you look at certain things, certain signs to see if they're accepting it? Are they not accepting it? Are they fighting it? Because it can become a habit.
A: I always look at how they prepare. That, to me, is what I look for. How do you come in the meetings? How focused are you? What kind of mental intensity are you having in the meetings? What kind of communication do we have? And then when we practice, how are you practicing? To me, it's all about actions. Guys can come in and they can sing a good song and they can whistle by the graveyard and all that kind of stuff, but when you come to work, how intent are you in getting better and how intent are you going to practice on the field? That, to me, is all the same. You can tell me anything you want in a meeting. It doesn't really matter what you tell me. I just want to know, what am I seeing in your actions? Have I seen any signs? No, I've seen our guys come in and prepare hard and work hard on the field, and that's what we're looking forward to doing today again.
Q: We just saw Daniel walking outside, what can he do?
A: He can walk (laughs).
Q: Does he work on the side?
A: He can just observe today. Right now, he can just observe. He's in meetings. He can participate in meetings. He can be out here at practice, watch, stand behind, things of that nature. That's all he can do right now.
Q: There have been reports that the league is not going to suspend Toney for his actions this past weekend. If that is true, have you heard it and are you making a decision on–
A: I've heard nothing official from the league on anything. I addressed it earlier. Obviously, there's discipline inside and I'll handle discipline in-house.
Q: If they were making a decision to suspend a player, would you hear of that decision by now?
A: I can't exactly give you that timetable, to be honest with you. We haven't had to deal with that, so I don't always know exactly how fast things are going to come out on a player.
Q: How do your reconcile the punishment in training camp, on the field, a physical thing, but not suspending or not disciplining a guy who throws a punch?
A: I don't know where I would say there's no discipline. That has nothing to do with the equation right here. Just because something's not out in public for me to go ahead and say, 'Look at me, look what I'm doing', that has nothing to do with what we're doing in-house. I don't do anything with the players for external approval. Everything we do has a purpose and I'm very intent on explaining that purpose to everybody on the team. I just keep it in-house. There's a lot of business that has to stay between us and I understand there's an external factor. It's an entertainment business and obviously the media engagement, there's a lot of things, but I don't do things for external approval.
Q: Is sitting him on Sunday for the first quarter, the first half a –
A: I'm not going to go into hypotheticals right now. I'm going to handle everything in-house, and we'll deal with that internally.
Q: When you say that you're preparing both quarterbacks for Sunday, how much of the game plan changes if it's Mike? Do you have to simplify things?
A: Are you saying he's not intelligent? (laughs)
Q: I'm saying it's not going be as simple as just throwing him out there.
A: No, Mike's a smart quarterback. Mike did a good job last week. We didn't change any of the game plan. He went in and we just went ahead and played, and that's what he's here for. His job is to be prepared. He does a good job of being prepared. I'm very pleased in how this guy works. He uses every rep he gets to maximize and be prepared. In terms of is it game plan A or game plan B? No, it's the game plan, then let's go ahead and play.
Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard
Q: Were you able to go full today?
A: Yeah, I mean we had like a half practice. It was half walk thru, half full speed, but I was able to go for all of it.
Q: How are you feeling?
A: I feel great, I feel great. Ready to go.
Q: How close were you last week? Were you able to do a lot more?
A: Yeah. I felt good, but I think it was a little late in the week, and we decided to just sit it down for that last week. Back this week. Happy about that.
Q: How frustrating has it been having to miss these last couple of games?
A: Yeah, really frustrating. You get out to a pretty good start and just want to help the team get wins and then not to be a part of the win in New Orleans, it's one of the places I've never got to play. (I) really wanted to play there, and then Dallas is always a fun spot to play as well. It wasn't any fun missing those two and not being out there with the guys. But, back this week and hopefully we can get a W.
Q: What have you thought when (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) has played these last couple of weeks?
A: Great. He's electric with the ball. You get the ball in his hands and he's going to make something special happen. We've got to continue to do that, and everybody else has got to play their part.
Q: Have you ever seen a guy that moves the way that he does?
A: He's twitchy, man. I was calling him a jitter bug. It's hard because I remember whenever he caught the ball when I was in the game and I saw him make a couple miss, and I'm sitting there and I'm like, I need to be blocking somebody (laughs). He's fun to watch, man.
Q: Obviously during Browns practice, you threw a punch and (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) was like, 'Hey man what if you did this and the guy had his helmet on. You could have broken your hand.' What was your message to Kadarius as he let his emotions get to him?
A: He's young, man. Stuff like that, emotions running high on the field, things like that can tend to happen, but you've got to kind of take a deep breath in those situations and think about the team and what could have happened.
Q: Whenever I see you in drills, you always wait and let someone go ahead of you if it means you can time yourself up with (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones). Whether or not he's out there this Sunday, how comfortable are you with (Quarterback) Mike (Glennon) if you have to play with him and how much are you expecting Daniel to be back?
A: Yeah, I mean he's got to listen to the trainers. I haven't really heard much on that whole situation, but it's going to be next guy up mentality. Mike will come in and do his thing if he has to. Just spend this week getting comfortable with him, and we threw a little bit in the offseason. You put the ball somewhere and catch it, then that's all we need to do.
Q: This is something that you went through about two years ago. Do you have any advice for Daniel on dealing with this?
A: Just listen to the trainers. They'll get him right and everything that they have put in place is to get you back on the field as fast as possible. That's what he needs to do.
Q: What is your message to the guys in terms of clawing back from this 1-4 start?
A: You've just got to keep your head forward and keep pushing. We've got things that we have to correct and that's the bottom line. Just fix it quickly, and we have to do that. That's what this week was all about. Monday kind of making corrections and getting out here and going through it.
Q: (Rams Cornerback) Jalen Ramsey is a guy that likes to get under your skin on the field. Did you talk to Kadarius about this, because you know Jalen will look at last weeks film and he's the type of guy that likes to stir it up and talk stuff on the field. As being a leader on this team, do you have to talk to Toney about this and what to expect Sunday with Ramsey?
A: Yeah, I mean, he's probably got a target on him just because of what happened last week. He knows that and I mean everybody has talked to him. He'll be fine. Jalen likes to talk – everybody knows that around the league. We're not going to shy away from anything. We're going to play our game and we're going to do what we do, no matter who's out there. That's that.
Q: With the next man up mentality, it feels like every week someone is going down and somebody has to step up. If you guys have to keep doing this, how strong is that mentality or are you kind of sick of it now with the injuries?
A: Yeah, you want everybody on the field at the same time, but this is football. This is what happens, you have to make adjustments. That's the mentality that you have to have every season. You never know what's going to happen on Sundays, you never know what's going to happen throughout the week. The next guy has to be ready. You have to be taking those mental reps when you're watching somebody that's ahead of you. That's just the way this thing goes. I think everybody understands that and has that mentality.
Q: How hard is this to keep swimming upstream early in the season? You've had it all but one of your seasons. How do you deal with it and is there anything you can do to tell your teammates to help them through it?
A: Yeah, it's tough, but you have to keep plugging. Whatever we've done in the past to figure out kind of midway through the season, we have to hurry up and do it now. That starts on the practice field. That starts the way that we work throughout the week. I think it's been good, but it could obviously be better. That's what we're striving to do. We've got to fix the things that we're not doing well and that's the bottom line.
Q: Do you tend to try to not to look at the record and the standings and things or is that important to do that?
A: No, I don't pay attention to it. We've got to focus on the game that's coming up that week and whatever we have to do to get prepared for that. You stay looking at the record and stuff like that, none of that matters. It's about what we do on Sunday, so we need to pay attention to that and put forth all of our efforts towards that.
Q: How is (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) doing? What's your message to him when you have an injury on top of an injury on top of an injury, and the mental part of that?
A: Saquon knows how to handle that. Just listen to the trainers. That's what I always go back to and it's as simple as that. They're going to try and get you back on the field as fast possible, so whatever they say, do and follow that. Then when you leave the building, try to do a little bit extra to get you back. He understands that. He's a vet. He knows what he's doing, so that's that.
Quarterback Mike Glennon
Q: Was it good to see (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones) at least do some stuff out there today?
A: Yeah, I mean, I'll continue to prepare to get ready to play. You know, that's not up to me. All I can do is control what I can control, and that's to get ready to play.
Q: In your career, have you had a bunch of opportunities when the starter has gone down and you've prepared?
A: Not really. That's only the second time in my career that I've had to go in mid-game for an injury. All those times, you kind of prepare to get ready for it and really, it's rarely happened, particular for me. But I felt comfortable out there, I felt like I was prepared. So, it was good to see all the work I've put in throughout my career, throughout the duration of the week come to fruition.
Q: What about weeks like this where this could be one where you get a lot of reps with the ones and then maybe Daniel plays?
A: I have not. This would be the first time going through an experience like that, but it was great to get out there today just to take snaps from (Center) Billy (Price) and make the calls and do all that, versus kind of just standing in the background watching and getting mental reps. Doing the actual thing is obviously more beneficial.
Q: If you do get the start, how confident are you in yourself and in the group that's around you here?
A: I'm very confident in myself. I haven't started per se a ton of games in this league, but I've started enough, I started five games last year. Including as much as I played the other day, that's a good bit of games in the past year. I'm extremely confident in myself, confident in the guys around me. We threw the ball around well when we got out there, so I feel ready to go.
Q: It's been since 2017 that you last won a start. Obviously, you haven't started a lot of games since then and, obviously, you want to win no matter what, but how much is that on your mind that you'd like to kind of end that and get a win as a starter?
A: I wouldn't say I've put in any thought as far as going back to 2017. It's just about winning this week for our team. Not worried about the past, not worried about next week, just focusing on now. Obviously, any chance you get to play in the NFL you want to win. It wouldn't be about anything in the past, it would be about what we can do this week for the Giants.
Q: How involved has Daniel been in the meetings?
A: He's just doing what he has to do. I'm not going to get into the medical side of that, but he's been good.
Q: When you went back and looked at what you did, what did you do well and what did you not do well?
A: I think I ran the offense efficiently; I think getting the ball out on time, (getting) the ball to the right spot. Obviously, the two interceptions you'd like to have back – probably a little better ball placement. But all in all, I felt like we moved the ball well as an offense. I don't know if we even punted at all when I was in there, so we were moving it. Just have to find a way to finish drives.
Q: You've played in so many systems throughout your career. What's your comfort level with this one?
A: I feel good. I've been in so many systems that there's so much overlap. Everyone runs different things and features different plays, but the systems are all relatively similar. Just getting to know the plays that (Offensive Coordinator) JG (Jason Garrett) likes to feature, I feel very comfortable with.
Q: After going through this week, do you think you'll be disappointed if you don't play?
A: I'm here to do the best in any role that I can. Whether that's to support Daniel, go out and play, whatever it is I'm going to do to the best of my ability.
Q: When you're out there and you know the starter is out or if it happens this weekend, is there anything going through your head like, 'Don't get hurt'?
A: No. Obviously, you don't want to see two people going down, but that's not something I'm thinking about. I guess if I was feeling a little not well, I would know I'd have to suck it up and go out there and play.
Q: But you're not going to go take off on a 20-yard run and put your head down?
A: I don't know if you've ever seen me play, but that's not really part of my skill set.
Q: What do you think about (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) when he lines up at quarterback?
A: He can do it all. I think he was like All-State as a quarterback in high school. I saw him in warm-ups in the preseason throwing the ball like 70 yards. He can spin it. I think it's exciting to see him back there.
Q: You're a big, tall guy like Daniel, do you feel you can run a similar offense that he does? You're not the running threat that he is, but as far as just...
A: Yeah, I think we do have similar skill sets, outside of him obviously being a better athlete than me. The system that we run here with JG fits who I am, fits who he is, so I feel more than comfortable with the concepts in the passing game that we run.
Q: I know it's not the same exact thing, but this team went to Seattle last year as an 11-point underdog and beat the Seahawks with (former Giants Quarterback) Colt (McCoy). I'm sure you think – no offense to Colt – you probably think you're just as good as him, if not better. Does that give you confidence going into this week that you guys can take something patched together and win when people don't think you can win?
A: Yeah, it's the NFL. Any given Sunday – I mean, I don't know what the spread was when we played the Saints, but I'm sure not many people were picking us to beat the Saints. This is the NFL, so either side you're on, you've got to show up every week.
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