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WR Ramses Barden Transcript


Q: Are you close?

A: I'm not sure what the timetable is. I know right now they want to kind of take everything slow to make sure there's no issues that arise. It's important for me to be 100% and not have any kind of setbacks or anything. I think both the coaches and the training staff are confident with me.

Q: Are you running?
A: Whatever you see me do out here is what I'm doing. I don't know how much I'm allowed to speak on it, so I'll just say that.

Q: Would your recovery time have been different had you had the team trainers this whole offseason?

A: I don't necessarily think so. I think the person they had me working out with on the west coast is renowned across the country. Maybe if I had the surgery a little earlier, I'm sure I'd be at a different stage. But, you play the cards you're dealt. I'm still excited about when the opportunity comes to be back on the field and play with my family that's out there. You know we're going to have a good time.

Q: Was it all because of everything that happened in February? It wasn't healing properly?

A: There was nothing that happened between that time. From the injury to March, there was not a setback. There wasn't me going out playing basketball. There wasn't me playing golf. I was following the strict regimen that was given by the training staff out here and the training staff in Los Angeles. They went back and took another MRI and they saw something they didn't see before.

Q: When was the MRI?
A: End of February, I think.

Q: Do you think you'll be able to participate in training camp?

A: At some point in time, I believe so.

Q: When you arrived here it was right after Plax was gone. I remember at rookie camp we asked the questions.
A: I expected them. I was forewarned.

Q: And you diffused them right away.
A: I was forewarned about that as well. I'm in New York.

Q: Here we are again, we're flirting here. At this point are you tired of hearing it?
A: Not really. Partially I take it as a compliment to be compared to him in so many ways. At the same time I don't have any say in the decision process of where he goes now. He's obviously been through an emotional time and I wish him the best. From what I've heard, he's signed with another team. So, I don't know that it's still an option for him to come here.

Q: You can say the name of the other team.

A: I don't know. What's their name? I'm kidding. I wish him the best. Even beforehand it was more about what I can do, what I can bring to the table when I am healthy. I think it speaks to the confidence that the coaches and management have with the receivers that we have in our room. We are young, we're very young. But, there's not a lack of talent.

Q: But, you get it? You look at your measurables and his measurables and they're nearly identical. You get why people are looking for you to be that guy, right?
A: Oh sure. In my mind I want to be that and more. As soon as I'm healthy, that's what I plan on showing. I have to kind of take it day-to-day and one step at a time.

Q: Are you thankful they didn't sign him? That's a roster spot.

A: You know what, I really don't think about it like that. In my mind, if he's here, it's great competition. At the same time, there's probably some things I could learn. If he's not here, theres a greater sense of pressure on me to perform and fill that void. Either way, it's a challenge I can live up to.

Q: Do you think the Giants need him?
A: I don't think so. Like I said, we have a tremendous amount of talent in that room, top to bottom, myself included. I'm confident that with what we've had the last couple of years we can get everything we need to get to where we want to go.

Q: Are you ready to do more? Do you feel like you can physically do more? Are the Giants being extra careful with you?

A: I'm not sure. That might be the case, that might not be the case. I'm confident in the recovery process and I trust the trainers. We're going to take it slow because that seems to be the smart thing to do. We'll go from there.

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