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Quotes (8/24): RB Jennings, C Richburg

Posted Aug 24, 2014

The Giants meet the media as the team returns to practice

Head Coach Tom Coughlin

Q: Brandon Mosley?
A: Yeah, his back tightened on him. He came back ready to go and all of a sudden, I saw him over there stretching and that’s what it was.

Q: Any results on Geoff Schwartz?
A: Today is Sunday. I don’t even think he is supposed to go out until tomorrow.

Q: Peyton Hillis returned. How did he look to you?
A: Okay. You know, rust, but he was out there. He was going.

Q: Looked like Trindon Holliday got a little work, too?
A: He did. He tried to do some running and he did an individual. That is probably the extent of it.

Q: Do you think he [Trindon Holliday] will play at all this week?
A: I am not even going to speculate. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Q: At this point, are you just looking for Odell Beckham to be back the regular season. Is he going to play on Thursday?
A: I would like the next time someone asks me that to have him out here practicing, so I don’t have to answer it. You know as much as I do. You are out here watching him every day, too. That’s all I can tell you. I would like to see the young man practice before he got into the regular season. That would certainly be a good thing.

Q: You had John Jerry out there at guard. Was he in with the first team because Brandon Mosley wasn’t out here?
A: Yeah, by and large. He might have rotated in anyway some, but that is the reason he was where he was most of the time today.

Q: Brandon [Mosley] will be back tomorrow you think?
A: I have no idea.

Q: Do you anticipate that you will continue to rotate the offensive linemen in and out? Or are you looking to settle?
A: Most of that is done right here on the practice field. I had some plans to do a couple things the other night and I never had an opportunity to do it.

Q: With somebody like Jon Beason, do you have to activate him by the final cut to make him ready for the first game? Or could he stay on PUP as long as necessary and then be active at any point?
A: Good question. Before I say something I can’t back up by virtue of the rule, you have to take him off PUP to get him active and right now he’s 90. You can play some down the road games with one player, as you know, the returning player. He has to be on your 53, he has to come off in order to be eligible.

Q: What did you think of Will Beatty?
A: Will is out there. He comes, he’s working hard, he has a very good attitude, he gets better each time he plays, and did some good things the other night.

Q: So you are happy with Friday when you watched the film?
A: Happy and satisfied, again, are not the words I would use to describe it. I do recognize the progress and I do recognize the fact that he is working hard at his trade.

Q: Do you have any sense with Beason that he is close to getting off?
A: I don’t ask every day, they don’t tell me every day. He works on the side and occasionally I will get close enough to him to ask him how he is doing, or in a meeting I will say something to him. His responses are all positive. ‘I feel good. We are going to do this and this today and we are going to do more of this the next day.’ Only one time did he say, ‘oh, I am a little sore today.’ That is the only time I ever heard it. Everything else has been stuff that you would think would be encouraging.

Q: Seems like Rashad Jennings had a pretty good game in terms of his pass protection, pass blocking.
A: Yes. He is very good at that, he is very good at it. We knew that when he came, he is very attentive, he is very smart. He works at it. He had some good runs, had some good protections.

Q: He almost sounds like a coach when we speak to him. He talks about being a student of the game…Is that something you knew about him?
A: That was very evident. We knew that about him. When we interviewed him, it was evident he is that kind of a young man.

Q: A tight end we haven’t really talked about much is Jerome Cunningham. Has he stood out to you in any way?
A: Yeah, he stood out to me on the practice field. He is young, he’s green, he has great energy, stamina and looks like he can run. He does have very good timed speed. We timed him when he came in but he has a lot to learn. He hasn’t disappointed, not at all.
RB Rashad Jennings

Q: When you look back at the tape, obviously, you had a good game, what did you see of the first team?
A: I think we were able to get in a little bit of a rhythm. We were productive. We left yards out there. Putting on the tape, there’s things we could hang our hat on, we did well. There are things that we need to correct and clean up. We have one more preseason [game] ahead of us, then it’s a Monday Nighter and it’s real. That’s what we’re going to get out here today, go through our corrections, continue to build. I’m excited where we’re at and we have a lot to look up to.

Q: It seemed before the two-minute drive that there would be a good play and then a bad one right after that. How do you get rid of that? How do you get more consistent good plays?
A: As simple as it sounds, obviously playing a game makes a difference, for us we need to take care of our business and not shoot ourselves in the foot. Making sure everyone is on the same page, no pre-snap penalties. That always ruins the drive. Looking at the statistics with coaches today, we understand that penalties lead to punts in most cases. I think if we can eliminate pre-snap penalties and make sure everyone has the same idea, and playing on the same accord, that gives us a chance to continue to sustain drives.

Q: How difficult is that now since you have an offensive line that is going to fluctuate and you don’t know what it’s going to be?
A: You always want consistency, obviously, in your play. You want as much consistency as you can in the personnel. With rotating, that doesn’t change the expectations, it doesn’t change how we communicate. Everybody’s capable of getting the job done. That’s just something that’s a part of football and we’re going to knock that wall down.

Q: Do you pay attention to who you’re running behind in terms of offensive linemen?
A: You do. I pay attention to who I’m running behind because I think as a runner, you always study the offensive line and how they attack. [Strengths] of everybody and what kind of block you can expect. You also understand with the defense, too, with what kind of players they are. But at the end of the day, it’s about being physical and finishing runs as a runner. But yes, you do pay attention.

Q: How is Weston Richburg? It seems that he has to move into a more prominent role in the line. How is he to run behind?
A: He’s a good, physical lineman. He’s a guy that always wants to finish his blocks. There’s no question that he can get the job done.

Q: You’ve talked about being a complete back and obviously part of that is pass protection and picking up blitzes. On that two-minute drive you had a couple that seemed not so much reading the defense but instinctive coming across the pocket. Is part of that knowing how to be a good back in pass protection and is there a difference between learning and being instinctive?
A: Yeah. Being a student of the game is something every player has to go through. Studying tape and understanding the overall picture of the protection, understanding the overall picture of routes, and where you fit in the triangle of it. In the pass protection, Eli [Manning] always puts us in a good position. The line communicates well and everyone is on the same accord. It makes life a little bit easier. But as far as coming across and going backside, that’s just a part of playing football and it comes from repetition.

Q: That’s not easy for a lot of guys. They struggled here last year a lot for some of the young guys to pick that up. That play stands out from the other night. The way you came across that pocket and I think it was the long pass to Victor [Cruz] that [he almost ran in].
A: If you study defense a lot, defense works in [streams]. Secondary rotates, defense must move. You understand if you’re in the quick game, down and distance, where you are on the field, defensive tendencies, all of that accumulates. You have cues to make you aware of the potential blitz. Like I said, a lot of film study, a lot of repetition, and understanding the game.

C Weston Richburg

Q: When we spoke to you last week, we were talking in hypotheticals about starting, but now it seems like a little bit more of a concrete issue. How have the last few days been for you?
A: As an offensive lineman, you have to be ready for something like that. The starters are playing a lot. We’re in there more. We don’t rotate as much as some other positions do, so you have to be ready for any kind of injury or anything like that that happens. I was ready for whatever came at me.

Q: Are you where you want to be currently in your development?
A: Oh, no. I think if you are content with how you are playing, I think you’re cheating yourself. I always want to get better. I had some mistakes in the game that I want to correct and get better.

Q: Is there a particular area or areas that you really want to work on between now and the start of the season?
A: Just overall, being an offensive lineman. Right now, I’m playing a lot of guard, so I want to get better at guard since that’s something that I didn’t do a lot of in college. I just want to keep progressing at that position and continue to get better.

Q: You said last week that if the season had come, in two weeks, and they told you that this was your position that maybe it’d be a little different, that maybe you’d be able to hone in that. With Geoff’s [Schwartz] injury, do you feel like you will now have one spot that you’re honing in on?
A: Maybe more reps there since Geoff is out, but I still have to be able to play multiple spots. I played a little right guard this weekend. It hasn’t been singled out to one spot yet, so I have to be ready to go in wherever.

Q: We’ve asked you a lot about what you want to improve on. What do you think that you’re doing the best at right now, that really came quickly, that you’re satisfied with?
A: What I’m doing best right now is having a short memory. If I make a mistake, I’m able to clap it off and then just go to the next play and not let it affect me. I think that’s something that sometimes can hurt players. You know they get hung up on making a mistake and it hurts them, it carries on play by play. I think I’m doing a good job of forgetting about it and just playing fast and continuing.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between guard and center? Is it just pulling more?
A: You’re pulling more as a guard. Your pass set is different. It’s a whole different animal, just like tackle is different than guard or center. You just have to get used to it and settle in a little to feel better.

Q: What about the communication aspect? Playing left side or right side, you’re communicating with different guys. How has that been coming along for you? Has that been a work in progress?
A: It’s been good because we all know the same terminology, the same words, the same communication. It hasn’t really been a problem.

Q: In terms of feedback from the coaches, is there anything they’ve said to you that they specifically want you to work on?
A: Just minimize mistakes is a big thing. Quit making mistakes and if you do, like I said, just clap it off and continue to play fast. If you’re playing slow, you’re holding back and you’re not going to…

Q: Have you talked to Geoff since the injury?
A: Yeah. I talked to him after the game and today he’s in the facility as well.

Q: Is he doing alright? Can you tell his spirits are up?
A: Yeah, that’s the only way you can be, I think. You have to be positive. He’s going to rehab it really hard and he’s a hardworking guy. He’ll be back to help us soon, I think.

Q: Did he give any advice to you?
A: Oh, he always does. We train together, actually, in the offseason, so he’s always helped me. If he’s out of practice, I have him watch and give me pointers and what not as he sees me in practice.

Q: Last year, Justin [Pugh] was a rookie… and there was an injury to a veteran and he had to come in and start. Did you talk to him about that experience yet?
A: Not yet, but it’s the first day back in the facility since the game. I’m sure he’ll have some tips and pointers.

Q: Did you guys feel like that drive before the half, the rhythm for you guys up front, how different was it? Did you feel like you were finally getting to where you needed to be?
A: Yeah, that was good. It was more of a two-minute situation, obviously, so we were kind of going at a faster tempo. But in our no-huddle type of offense, we want to get the tempo to be what it was there at the end of the first half. It keeps the defense from being able to line up and get comfortable in their defense, so it was a good drive and we were really happy about that one.

Q: Can that also force you to think less or worry less at that point?
A: It does, I think, but that’s the way it needs to be with everything. You don’t need to be thinking the whole time, which is what we’re working on.

C J.D. Walton

Q: Tough situation with Geoff [Schwartz] getting hurt. How does that affect what you guys are doing on the offensive line?
A: Yeah, it is unfortunate for him. You never like it when one of your guys gets hurt. Next man up, we have to rally together and get on the same page.

Q: They haven’t made anything official but it seems like Weston [Richburg] is a guy that they like or want to give a look in that spot. How have you worked with him on the right side?
A: We will get out there at practice and iron out all the wrinkles and just make sure we are all on the same page.

Q: How do you think he is playing?
A: He is doing good, he’s playing well.

Q: Do you buy into the notion that the center really is the leader? Do you look at yourself as the leader of that line? With everything in transition, does that make it any tougher?
A: We are all up there; we all just talk to each other and try to set a good example. At the end of the day, it’s five guys that have got to work together.

Q: Do you try to be the loudest voice in the huddle? All that kind of stuff that is typical of a center.
A: Yeah. Like I said, it’s a collective…with five of us. We work together; everything works together, good, bad, and different. It is all five of us together.

Q: The fact that the coaches have experimented with various combinations, does that actually help at this point when someone goes down?
A: I mean, it can’t hurt

Q: It’s easy to say next guy up, but Geoff Schwartz was starting for a reason. Is it going to take time to get Weston [Richburg] in the mix?
A: We are in the NFL; it’s the next man up. Everybody is ready to go. We’ve got to be on the same page.

Q: So much talk around here about getting the first team offense going. What was the feeling like when it was clicking there in that two-minute drill at the end of the first half?
A: It was nice. We got rolling. We got in a rhythm and moved the ball down the field, and I’m glad we got to know what that feeling feels like. We’ve got to keep having that.

Q: Does it almost help when you are in that two-minute situation? Maybe you think a little less? Do you worry about a little less?
A: I don’t think so. I think things are just happening quicker and we were clicking.

Q: How are you personally feeling now that you’ve got a couple games under your belt? After having a little time off with the injury, now that you played a couple preseason games?
A: I feel like ankle-wise, I am fine. It’s just knocking off all the rust, fixing things watching the film, and fixing things I need to get fixed and move on from there.

Q: How close are you to having all the rust knocked off?
A: After that third preseason game, I am ready to go.

Q: You talked about never thinking this wouldn’t happen again. Now that you’re back in it and the rust is knocked off, how good of a feeling is it just to prove to yourself that you..?
A: It’s been a long road. Being able to get back to this position is awesome.

Q: Do you have to extend yourself in anyway when there are young guys playing on either side of you? In terms of how you mentally process what is going on in the game to make sure you kind of help them at the same time.
A: You give them as much as you can, but…everybody as an offensive line works together to make sure each other knows what each other is doing.

G John Jerry

Q: How do you feel as far as your recovery [from off-season knee injury]?
A: I am feeling pretty good about it. If I am called upon to go play, then I feel that I am ready to go play.

Q: Do you feel full speed… Can you do everything as quickly as you want to?
A: Yeah, I feel that way, but at the end of the day, it is coach’s decision. It is not up to me.

Q: What is it like in the offensive line room when you have a guy go down… How do you react to it?
A: It is the ‘next man up’ mentality. I feel really bad for [Geoff] Schwartz. It is very unfortunate. It is sad. At the end of the day, if the next guy is up, then the next guy has to go.

Q: How do you help [Weston] Richburg along if he is the next guy up?
A: From experience. I have played a few games myself, I would be more than willing to lend a hand out to him. You can’t get rattled. You can’t let one bad play turn into two bad plays. He’ll be fine. He is a tough young guy. Very smart and very competitive. He’ll definitely do fine.

Q: Do you feel like you can push Weston for that spot?
A: I am not worried about that. At the end of the day, we are going to come out here and push each to get better in practice. That is the most important thing.

Q: Do you feel like you are in a position to show [the coaches] what you can do or are you still rehabbing?
A: I am not worried about that. I have been in practice pretty much every day, so that is all I can control.

Q: With the injury to Geoff… Do you have a feeling you will get some reps there with the first team?
A: At the end of the day, I can only control what I can control. I don’t think about it that way. I just try to go out and get better.

Q: Do you feel like you are back at the weight you want to play and the strength in your leg? Or is it a work in progress?
A: I feel like I am most definitely back where I need to be. At the end of the day, we still have a couple weeks before the first game, so I still have time to do all I can.

Q: How well do you feel about what you have put on tape performance-wise?
A: I feel real confident about what I put on tape so far. I had a chance to play every preseason game so far, so that is something I wasn’t able to do last year. I am very confident by that.

Q: How similar is this offense to offenses you have been in in the past?
A: Basically I have been in this offense for the past two years before I came here. [Dolphins Head Coach Joe] Philbin is from Green Bay, so it is just different terminology for me.

Q: Do you feel there are jobs still open on this line?
A: That is why you are here, to compete for a job. Jobs are always open.