Eagles vs. Jaguars player transcripts - Thursday, August 15, 2019

JAGUARS QUARTERBACK GARDNER MINSHEW II

(On confidence gained from last week to this week) "A lot of confidence. Anytime you get more reps, that can only grow. Going back and watching the film, seeing that we weren't that far off and we're even closer still. We still got a lot of things we can do better. Definitely getting a lot more confident."

(On connection with Tre McBride) "Tre is a super savvy guy. You can tell he's played a lot of ball. He does a lot of savvy things and makes it easy on us quarterbacks. He's fun to throw to for sure."

(On feeling more comfortable) "Absolutely. You get your feet wet and grow in confidence from that. The more reps you get, the more comfortable it is. The less foreign it is to you and hopefully continues to get easier from here."

(On whether the big hit from Week 1 of preseason fazed him) "I'm sure you've all seen that several times, as have I. That's one thing I've always been taught is to be tough and buckle your chin strap up tighter and give good plays the next play. That's one thing you try to bring every week is toughness. You want to be as a quarterback not just a leader from the back but from the front lines and show you're ready to mix it up with anybody."

(On the difference of knowing what to expect) "Yeah it helps a lot and helps the game move a lot slower. You feel like you're more in control. They're not dictating to you, but you can dictate to them. That's when you can really play good ball."

(On ever feeling overwhelmed) "Not really. Honestly I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be. It was still fast and they were really good. We just weren't ready and didn't execute well enough to beat them."

(On having to dunk the ball down instead of airing it out and how that tests your patience) "Yeah you want to let your playmakers around you touch the ball as much as possible. However that is, whether that's 20 yards down field or 5 yards down field, you want to do that. It gets everyone into a rhythm when you can do that."

(On biggest takeaway from Week 1 of preseason to this week) "Just growing in confidence with the guys I'm in there with. Getting on the same page and continue working on the execution factor and that's what I feel like we did a lot better this week in practice and then this game. We've still got a long way to go for sure."

JAGUARS CORNERBACK BREON BORDERS

(On this being his first season going through the full preseason) "I got here around the middle of the season. But it's a blessing to be here. I've been working on my technique here, a step and place, since about OTAs in April. It's not easy because you have to create muscle memory. You know, I've been doing it one way my whole life, I've been inching back my whole life, so, this is the opposite of that. I just have to break the habit of that. It's a work in progress, but I'm excited to keep working on it."

(On the talent and competition for the cornerback spot) "Oh yeah, there's definitely some competition for the corner [spot]. We have to perform on special teams, as well. I always have that in the back of my mind and I always try to do the best that I can."

(On how important it is to get his hands on the ball) "That's how corners get paid right there and how they get cut. I'm trying to do the best for my family, for my coaches, for everybody. So, getting your hands on the ball, that's the name of the game."

(On what it is about his game that's he's playing so confidently) "I'm just trusting in my coaches and it's the step and place technique that I've been working on. Still working on it, but it's a work in progress. It's about getting my hands on more balls. The more balls I get my hands on, the more confident I get. I'm trying to stay consistent."

(On the competition with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and how talented is this young group of guys is) "This is a talented group and we're close, too. You know, we go eat together. We're a close group and we take pride in not letting balls get caught on us. We compete with each other just as much as we compete with the receivers. It's a tight knit group and we're learning from two of the best out here. It's a blessing to be here."

JAGUARS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN WILL RICHARDSON JR.

(On learning from the older guys on the team) "Even as a rookie, I just wanted to get the most of learning from the other guys, and I feel like that's going to be the most important thing coming into this year, as well."

(On the biggest adjustments he had to make coming here) "Just getting used to my body, getting used to how the NFL works and how it's a profession before anything. I just feel like that was the biggest adjustment for me. Despite my injuries, I felt like last year was just a down year for me, but it gave me a lot of encouragement and motivation to come here this year and be the best that I can be."

(On when it clicked that he's "got it" in football) "Once I got in with Coach Warhop and I had learned the offense. He took me and moved me from tackle to guard in minicamp and I stood my ground and played really well. That's when I really got some confidence. I thought, not only can I play tackle, I can play guard. And I can start working my craft at guard now. Definitely minicamp, that was a big confidence booster for me."

(On what he can get out of the preseason now and what more he wants to prove) "For me, it's just to go out there and continue. Just maintain. Just keep proving to the coaching staff that not only am I going to stay at this level, but I'm going to keep getting better as games go. Just keep learning. I feel like no matter what, no matter how much you think you know, you can always learn more. I can always get the most out of these meetings. Regardless of how much I play in the next few preseason games, if I play a lot, fine with me, but just know that I'm going to work in practice every day."

JAGUARS DEFENSIVE END DAWUANE SMOOT

(On the birth of his son and the changes) "Once a kid comes into your life, it automatically makes you grow up. It just adds so much motivation to stick to what I have to do and just keep my head down and work as much as I can for it.

(On his great week in Baltimore and how he felt about last week) "I was definitely pleased with that. When it came to the game, I just did what I did in practice and I had a pretty good performance."

(On his conditioning through training camp) "I've worked the hardest I've ever worked. I have to give a lot of credit to my trainers and a lot of performance training. So, I did what I had to do in the offseason and it's definitely going well."

(On his diet) "Last year, I stopped being vegetarian. It's not like football players can't do it, it just depends on what position you play. I mean, a lot of quarterbacks in the league are doing it, but as a defensive lineman, it's tough. I have to have strong bones. So, it just didn't work out for me, but after my career, I'm going back."

(On how he focused on bulking up during the offseason) "Yeah, I definitely focused on a lot more bulking to make sure I'm as strong as possible because with this team, I play a different position, so I have to be ready for anything."

JAGUARS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN DATONE JONES

(On his strong play against the Eagles) "I just wanted to go out there and execute and compete. I felt like I started off really slow the first preseason game and I felt like I owed it to my teammates to go out there today, execute and put my abilities on film. [I wanted to] let guys like Calais [Campbell], Marcell [Dareus] and Yannick [Ngakoue] know that I'm here to compete and I want to be in the lineup with those guys. I want to be here in Sacksonville, sacking quarterbacks. Preseason is all about coming out here and displaying and competing and just having fun with your brothers. Executing, you know."

(On his mindset changing during the game) "Instantly, I thought, it's going to be one of those nights. I just wanted to go out there and make a couple plays. I wanted the other guys to feed off me, as well. I wanted to keep my energy high and just make sure I was keeping us fired up because I know how it can be in a preseason game. With so many different matchups coming in and out the game. Just keeping guys motivated and hungry, I'm a good guy. This is my seventh preseason so, I've been up and down. A lot of people say it really doesn't matter, but from a competitive standpoint, it means everything. Especially for guys competing for jobs, because technically everyone who goes out there is playing for two teams, you know. You've got to go out there and showcase your abilities and execute."

(On what he showed his coaches tonight) "I felt like I showed them that I can be consistent. I can be a consistent playmaker and consistent guy in this defense in this role. Number one, I'm a winner, I'm a competitor. No matter what, the goal is to win my one-on-one matchup and I felt like I did that and I felt like I've shown that this preseason."

(On what his teammates like Calais and Marcell were telling him of what they saw of him) "'That's the mentality we need, that's the standard. The standard is, we don't lose. We get to the quarterback, we get turnovers and the ball.' That's what we were doing with our starting guys we had tonight."

(On his seventh preseason and knocking on the door at 30 years old) "Aww, man, I've got a whole 'nother year and some change. I'm getting close, but I'm not there yet. I'm young, I felt like earlier on in my career, I played behind hall of famers and that kept my longevity high because I didn't really take too many snaps early on in my career. I felt like, me now, my body is still fairly young."

JAGUARS CORNERBACK PICASSO NELSON JR.

(On coming to a team with guys like Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye) "It's definitely a good learning experience, you know, whenever you are surrounded by two people who are literally the best at what they do. Every day after practice, me, A.J. and Jalen stay after and whoever is there, I try to get work and learn from them one-on-one, and it's definitely been paying off."

(On how he felt about his interception tonight) "Oh yeah, they ran a screenplay and they ran it a lot in film last year and I saw the formation [on tape], saw how number three was standing. I knew it was coming, so I was just tricking on the play, had good leverage and I was able to make the play."

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