Head Coach Robert Saleh, 8.16

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Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Any updates on Zach (Wilson)?

We haven’t heard from the doctors yet. Hopefully, in the next couple of hours.

 

Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Seems like Joe (Flacco) had a pretty good day out there in the offense, kind of moving things pretty efficiently?

The offense looked really good, especially down there tight in the red zone where things get faster, a lot tighter. That’s where veteran experience comes in, so I thought they did a really nice job.

 

Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: With Duane (Brown), obviously he was doing more conditioning today. So, do you think that there is a chance after the day off he gets some reps?

Yeah, we think he’ll get some reps this week in the next block, starting on Thursday and then we practice against Atlanta on Friday. I don’t know about the game, but right now we’re thinking practice.

 

Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: Trying to get this offensive line together, now you’re in a race against the calendar because Duane has a later start. How much time does it take and what is the sense of urgency to try to get them all together?

One person’s opinion: I don’t think you can ever have enough time. You’re always, with any group for that matter, whether it’s all the DBs working together. You want that continuity, but o-line, especially, because you would love to get them to a point where they’re making non-verbal communication calls where they already know they’ve been working together so much, they don’t have to speak and they can just play, which is always hard to go against because you can’t go those pre-snap indicators. I think we have time. Like I said, Duane has been in this system, so he’ll no know how to communicate it. And, obviously, George (Fant) last year. So, it’s not like we have any new faces because Laken (Tomlinson) is coming from the system, Duane has played in the system, and then (Connor) McGovern, AVT (Alijah Vera-Tucker), and George were all in the system last year. So, I think we’ll be alright in regards to building that continuity.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Will that change your plan for the preseason games where you might say, ‘I don’t want some of the veterans playing much in preseason games’?

It’s something worth talking about. We haven’t talked about next block yet. We want to see how this will work with Atlanta and practice Friday, our two practices. We’ll see how that goes, but it’s definitely something worth talking about.

 

Andy Vasquez, NJ Advanced Media: With Quinnen (Williams), do you expect him to be back in the next block?

We’re hoping. Like I said, it’s nothing serious. He’s just dealing with some discomfort. We’re airing on the side of caution.

 

Steve Serby, New York Post: Will you get a chance to talk to Zach today or after the surgery?

I’m hoping to.

 

Steve Serby, New York Post: How much of a comfort is it to have a Joe Flacco as your backup?

It is comforting, and I’ll throw a shoutout to Mike White, too. I’ve said it 100 times, I think we have three starting quarterbacks. Joe has proven throughout his time that he’s a winner. I know his record here hasn’t been that great. I think you can argue – he’s what, 0-5 as a starter or something – but I think he almost has 1,000 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions since he’s in a Jets uniform, something like that. He’s been efficient, even in our Miami game last year where he started, he’s very efficient, threw for over 300 (yards). We’ve got all the confidence in the world in him to get the job done.

 

Steve Serby, New York Post: Do his teammates also feel the same way?

I think so, just a lot of respect. He’s a veteran. He understands football. He’s got a calm to him in the huddle. He’s got great demeanor. He’s got great presence. It’s all-encompassing for him. He’s been there, done that. So, he kind of eases the huddle.

 

Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Is there anything differently you can do offensively when Joe is in there versus Zach?

No, Zach is capable of doing everything that Joe does. Obviously, Zach is younger. No offense to Joe, he’s a little more spry in the legs, so he can run and scramble with a little more efficiency. That doesn’t mean that Joe can’t move. Having Joe in there doesn’t limit anything that we can do with Zach.

 

Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: Receivers made some big plays out there – Corey Davis, Denzel Mims. Can you just talk about the depth of your receiving core and how you assess the depth so far?

I love our group. It’s got a chance to be pretty cool. There’s a lot of speed in the group with Elijah (Moore) and Garrett (Wilson), Braxton (Berrios), Jeff Smith, and Denzel. You bring in the size of Denzel and Corey, it’s a pretty cool group. It’s just a matter of them piecing together and learning how to be efficient, learning how to play within the structure of the scheme. Like you said, it’s all about the moment. The moment of truth, the catch point, making those contested catches, and finding ways to separate in man coverage. I thought today was a good day, especially in the redzone where everything is tighter and you’ve got to go up and get it and you know you’re going to get hit, you know the window is going to be tight. It’s a good group. It’s got a chance to be really good, and it’s got a chance to make plays.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: Now that you’re a few weeks into camp, how much more comfortable do you feel in year two versus year one?

I don’t know if comfortable is the word. I guess comfortable in the sense that there’s a set routine and you know what to expect. I feel like New York wasted all of its curveballs in the first season. It’s been a good camp. It’s the calm before the storm because once the season starts, you’re just getting it from everywhere. Just understanding the schedule, understanding the media schedule, the administrative schedule of it all, and being able to still process everything and get to the football aspect of it has been much smoother this year. Not easier, but smoother this year for me personally. So, that’s been better.

 

Al Iannazzone, Newsday: We talked yesterday with Garrett Wilson about how no moment is too big for him. Do you feel that way about Sauce Gardner too?

Same thing. Like I said, the guy doesn’t stop talking when he’s on the football field, and he backs it up. We had that two minute drive and the offense went and scored and got the two-point conversion, then he runs and wants another set. He’s like, ‘Bring it back. We want one more set on defense,’ but they hit their play quota, so we had to shut it down. You love the competitiveness. You love the attention to detail. You love the way he strains in football. It is definitely not too big for him.

 

Brian Costello, New York Post: To complete the set with the first-round picks, Jermaine (Johnson). What kind of growth have you seen from him in the game and practices?

He’s been plugging. He’s doing a lot of good things. I know that from an o-line, d-line perspective because we’re tallying sacks or anything, he doesn’t get put out there as much. I thought he did a good job. He forced Jalen (Hurts) from the pocket in, I think it was the play where he got hit. He’s been doing a really nice job. He’s been winning his 1-on-1s. He’s learning how to use his power which has been an area of emphasis for him because he’s got all the wiggle. He can go outside, he can go inside. It’s the power game that still has to go with him. He’s doing a great job on (special) teams. He’s going to be a definite help this year in all facets of football.

 

Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: You’ve talked before about how you have the ability to look in on meeting rooms. Even before Zach got hurt, what’s the vibe in the quarterback room? That group is pretty much returned from last year. I feel like that’s pretty unique.

It is a very, very cool room. The conversations that they have, just listening, it’s funny a couple of times the conversation is still going and Rob (Calabrese) or Mike (LaFleur) might walk into my office, and I’m like, ‘What’re you doing in here?’ And they’re still in there talking, so I turn it off because I don’t want to hear their conversation. They are a very close-knit group. They ask each other everything. They talk about everything – football, life, trouble, everything. I think it’s a really cool collection of guys.

 

Eric Allen, New York Jets: How impressive was that containment by Jermaine on Hurts on the third down play? Because a lot of times you’ll see a younger guy overrun that and Hurts is an athletic quarterback.

It’s part of the reason why we look for guys like Jermaine with all of that speed. He’s got the speed to close and eat grass where the quarterback knows he’s not going to be able to pull up and throw the ball. So, it’s one of those where he’s got to tuck it and run, which is all you’re looking for. You’re trying to get the quarterback to feel uncomfortable where he’s like, ‘Shoot, I can’t run or I have to throw it. I’m not going to be able to set and throw.’ He’s got all the athleticism in the world. He’s already got a good repertoire of moves as a pass rusher. He’s been doing really good in the run game. Like I said, he’s only going to get better as the year continues.

 

Eric Allen, New York Jets: How much do you like the overall makeup of this team in terms of responding to adversity? And you’re going to have more adversity as we go, we know that. You’ve dealt with some injuries here in camp, Zach is getting surgery today. How have these guys collectively responded?

They bounce back. You already hit it. We haven’t even scratched the surface on adversity yet. I think the saying is you get three adverse moments a year, everyone does. So, we’re still in the thick of it. I love our group. I made the comment the other day, I feel like it’s a lot louder out at practice than it was a year ago, just from the chatter, the competitiveness, the jawing back and forth, the drive to win. Everyone’s trying to win a down. In that respect, I think it’s been awesome which is really why I love the makeup of this team and its competitive nature.

 

 

 

 

Al Iannazzone, Newsday: Do you feel like they listened yesterday when you said protect the team?

For sure, there were less guys on the ground today. We weren’t padded, so we’ll see on our next padded practice if we’re able to maintain that same competitive spirit, but keeping guys up, so we’re not rolling on ankles, but I thought they did a really nice job.

 

Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: Speaking of louder at practice, with Sauce, I was just wondering when’s the last time you had a rookie that was that verbal?

Jalen. Jalen Ramsey. He’s still talking five, six years later. Whatever he is, deservedly. He’s the best in football. ­

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