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Safety Kenny Phillips

Q: When you finally start practicing what are they going to let you do?

A: Not sure yet. I'm going to be out there. I don't care if it's only one play – at least I get to get out on the field.

Q: Is there anything you did that proved to them in the last few days that they can give you clearance?

A: I think when I went up there two weeks ago they kind of had an idea of what I can do so it's just being cautious.

Q: It'll still be one a day though right?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you know if you'll be going with the first teamers ?

A: Not sure. To tell you the truth, it really doesn't matter. I don't care. They could put me on fifth string. I just want to be out there.

Q: Will it be in the morning?

A: Afternoon.

Q: Do you think you'll have any thought in your head or any moment where you'll realize you're okay?

A: I don't know. Maybe the first hit.

Q: How is the secondary looking?

A: They look great. I mean, when you're forcing the quarterback to throw a check down with seven on seven, then you're really doing a good job. I'm just looking forward to getting back out there with those guys.

Q: What are they missing?

A: Nothing. Not even me. I think they could do it without me but I'm going to go out there and try to help out anyway.

Q: Last camp we saw a lot of balls being thrown up the deep middle but it doesn't seem like there are right now – do you notice that?
A: Yeah. I think it's because the secondary is doing such a great job. The cornerbacks getting a hand on the receivers and the safeties are making plays on the ball so I think they're making it real tough for the quarterback.

Q: At any point in the last year was there ever a doubt that you would be able to come back?

A: No, not at all. Not at all. The trainers and doctors assured me that I could make a full recovery and that kept me positive throughout the whole rehab.

Q: Are you ready to get on the field with Rolle?

A: Yeah, it's something we've talked about, like I said, before it even came out that he was leaving Arizona so I look at it as a privilege and I just can't wait to get out there.

Q: Some of the people have talked about your positive and optimistic attitude throughout this whole process – how were you able to stay so upbeat?

A: Just because the trainers reassured me that everything would be okay, that I would make a 100% recovery, and my teammates – they rallied around me, even when I first got hurt they would still come to the house and just watch tv with me and everything so just the people around me have been great.

Q: Have you heard a lot nationally about all the things that the Giants can be if Kenny Phillips can return? There seem to be a lot of ifs about you…

A: I hear it, but like I said, the secondary is doing such a great job right now that I don't think it really matters if I come back or not. I hope it does – I'm looking to go out there and make an impact – but they're just doing so well right now.

Q: You don't believe that, though, do you? I mean, your team and the front offices don't believe that. They're waiting for you to come back.

A: Yeah, I'm waiting to come back, too. I'm really looking forward to it though.

Q: You believe you're a difference maker though, right?
A: I do. I do. I think that when I get out there, there are a lot of plays that I can make. Even though we're doing a good job out there now, I still see some things that we can get better at and I'm going to try to go out there and improve.

Q: What are you seeing in Antrel Rolle on this team?

A: Just his leadership. He's talking to the guys, he's real vocal. He's a playmaker. Yesterday he got an interception in the two-minute drill, ran it to the house. He's just a difference maker.

Q: Is there any benefit to just standing next to Coach Merritt during the drills while you're injured and just talking with him?

A: Yeah. He's coaching me up every play. The things he can't say to those guys while they're out there I get to see it so that when I go out there I won't make those same mistakes

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