Sam Darnold, 11.27


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Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press: Sam, Adam (Gase) said that barring any setbacks you would be ready to roll for Sunday, how are you feeling, we assume there were no setbacks?
Yeah, feeling really good, again, continuing to take it day-by-day at this point, but I felt really good today and yesterday.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Sam, how much of a difference do you think it could make for you and the offense, having those three guys out there together with you for the first time?
Obviously those guys have been producing the last couple weeks, so it is going to be nice playing with those guys and getting to play with them in a game and it will be good.

Rich Cimini, ESPN: The other day you were saying the importance of responding after you have contact, getting hit and so forth, I’m assuming no one leveled you in practice this week, so how do you project for Sunday on how that will respond?
I think it is going to be fine, the doctors are saying I will be fine, so I’m trusting what they say and going out there and I am going to continue to do what I do and play my game.

Greg Joyce, New York Post: Is it kind of crazy for you that it is Week 12 and this is your first chance to play with those three guys, that it’s kind of taken so long? How much have you thought about what that might be like, finally being together on the field?
Like I just said, they have been producing and having really good games since I’ve been out, so I am really looking forward to it.

Rich Cimini, ESPN: How about the Miami defense Sam, just on the challenges they present, you’ve had some struggles against them, what is it about them that makes it so tough?
Yeah, they are a good football team, really well coached and they know their scheme really well and obviously they have good players as well, so we are going to have our hands full but it is a challenge that I am looking forward to.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Sam, how does the team stay motivated at 0-10?
Continue to come in here, come to work and like I continue to say every single week, we have really good guys in the locker room that just come to work every single day. We are going to continue to have that mindset and go out there and try to get a win.

Greg Joyce, New York Post: Sam do you feel like you have anything to prove these last six weeks with a full offense at your disposal, what is kind of the mindset heading down the stretch?
I think for me, I just have to go out there and play my game, play smart, but continue to play aggressive. I think, just balancing those two, obviously with a fine line between playing too aggressive and playing smart. So, just have to play my game and play smart out there.

Andy Vasquez, The Record: What has been the biggest challenge for you these last couple months being on and off the field, is it mental, has it been physical, just how have you gotten through that?
Just the rehab process, how kind of redundant that whole process can get. Coming in here, trying to get healthy and all that, so just being as patient as possible, wanting to get back out there, but obviously just listening to my body and going about everything the right way. For me, it was staying patient and just trusting my body. Now that I can feel good and really trust myself that I am out there at 100%, I think that’s the biggest thing for me mentally and I can’t wait to go out there and play Sunday.

Rich Cimini, ESPN: Sam, you have played some of your best ball later in the season the first couple of years in the league, do you think the elements are in place to do that again, to have a strong finish?
I think for myself first, I just got to continue to go out there and play one game at a time, let the narrative kind of write itself, but, I am just going to go out there do my job to the best of my ability and go out and try to get a win this Sunday.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Sam, how difficult have the new protocols been for you guys this week and the changes to the schedule?
Yeah, I mean it’s different going back to virtual meetings and only coming here to get ready for practice and practice itself. I think the weirdest part is practicing and not having meetings and watching practice afterwards, just practicing and going right home and watching it virtually. I think that’s definitely weird, but it is what it is, and we are going to continue to follow the protocols that are set forth by the NFL. Hopefully we can continue to play games this season.