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Jaguars Linebacker Joe Schobert: Thursday, October 15, 2020

(On going against Lions RB Adrian Peterson this Sunday) "It's funny, I was thinking earlier this week, I have a vivid memory when I was in like fifth or sixth grade playing running back in elementary school and he was at Oklahoma tearing it up just telling my grandma I was going to be like Adrian Peterson one day. So, it's surreal to be playing against him now. I mean he's been playing in the league for a long time, doesn't look he's slowed down a step so that's longevity at the running back position that you don't see very often anymore. So, it's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to it."

(On getting adjusted to the changes in defensive personnel) "They say NFL stands for 'Not For Long', whether that means that it's your career's not long, coaching's not going to be here for long, or their team's not going to be together for very long. I mean it just holds true, the longer you're in the league, you just kind of realize that every year there's going to be a lot of transition at every level of the organization and you have to just be able to get into it, get comfortable with that and when it happens, not let it affect you as much. So, when you get new guys in, you just have to take them along, teach them how the things are going like how the locker room vibe is, how the scheme on the field [is], how everybody's gelling, and just take them under your wing and keep going, so you can't let it affect you. Everybody's who's in the building, when they're here, when they're in the building, they're family and you just have to treat it like that."

(On the potential accomplishment of the NFL playing all games despite the circumstances) "If that happens, I think that would just be huge and I think that would prove to somebody that protocols and being smart and taking care of yourself works to an extent if everybody in the NFL [can do it]. There's a couple thousand guys playing and then many more thousand guys around, people around, and the staffs that are in the building on a daily basis. If you can prove that everybody's able to just be smart with their comings and goings, wear masks, socially distance when at all possible, and we're able to get all these games in playing a contact sport on the field with 22 guys in close proximity, sweating, breathing heavy on each other, I think it would be a big accomplishment for the NFL and it will set a standard for I think maybe the rest of the leagues. Obviously, basketball and them in the bubble which we can't really do, but we'll set a standard that people can follow."

(On reactions to the situation with the Tennessee Titans) "I think it's just the way the world is right now. Obviously we're not in that building, we don't know exactly what's going on and what their problems are but it's like people all around the world: you can be as safe as possible, you could still catch COVID from just following along with all the news outlets and media and what everybody's been saying. So, I think you just have to take it as a one off like it happened to them. Obviously, they moved their games around and they're still able to get the games so far will be scheduled and will be played. So, it's something we're just going to have to live with this year. Hope it doesn't happen to your team, hope you guys can be as best and as safe as possible and avoid those kinds of things. But I think you're going to see that stuff pop up from time to time over the season and as long as you're being smart and you can limit it, two weeks isn't a huge deal in the grand scheme of things if you can get the games back and be able to play the whole season."

(On his performance so far and what he can improve on) "It's been a learning experience for sure the first six games, first live reps in this scheme, in this system and it takes getting used to but [I] just feel more comfortable every week and just have to keep on improving on making plays on the ball when it's available. I think the biggest thing you can do is get to the right spots and make some plays and there's been a few times where I've been able to get to a zone or get to an area and have a shot at getting the ball back for our team and just have to capitalize on those plays. But communication's been good. Obviously, there's been a lot of comings and goings in the starting line up and the guys on the field, but I think communication's just been getting better and better and as long as we can keep building on it, I think we'll be good."

(On getting LB Myles Jack back on the field) "It's huge. I mean he's been in the system one of the longest on the team, so he knows what he's talking about. He knows what he's seeing on the field and you're able to talk back and forth pre-snap and bounce key words, code words off of each other and help each other play faster, so it's big. Having him out there would be huge and I mean he's a great guy to play against and he's been playing well when he's been out there."

(On new teammate LB Kamalei Correa) "I think I remember blocking him once on a punt return and he was on punt and he was really fast. It was like our rookie year, but he just seems like one of those tough nosed guys, came from Boise State, going to be out there, going to play hard whenever he's on the field. We just have to get him caught up in the system, get him out there, and you know he's going to play his butt off, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do."