QB Gardner Minshew - September 9, 2020

(On his perspective of how the offense will attack and be able to score more this year) "I think every year's a new year. I think every team's a new team. I don't think years past really have anything to do with this current season, so I'm excited for the opportunity that we have. I think we have a lot of guys that can make plays and I think when we talk about attacking and attacking in different ways, that's getting different people involved, having multiple guys get touches. We have a lot of guys that are really good with the ball in their hands so I think as long as we get those guys their touches, spread it out even, then that's how we'll be able to attack and get in the end zone more."

(On if he knew the words to the Celine Dion song prior to shooting his ESPN commercial and if it took him long to shoot) "I had to learn that. That honestly, I'm ashamed to say, took a little work. That was a good time. Honestly, I think the money shot was the first one after I quit laughing, so we were good."

(On if they could've used a teleprompter during the commercial shoot) "No, the turning the head, that was more for dramatic effects than looking at any words. I was only doing it for a little clip for the commercial so I kept doing it over and over because I thought that was the money shot, but when it came out, it was the whole piece. [It] definitely wasn't my best."

(On WR DJ Chark Jr.'s progress from last year to this year) "DJ [Chark]'s done a great job. He's also standing right here so I'm going to give you my very honest opinion. DJ's done a great job. Coming in last year, [I] didn't really know what to expect. I remember seeing him at LSU put up big numbers, very productive and then didn't hear from him much his rookie year. But man, it was evident in OTA's last year that he's going to be a big player for us, and I think he's definitely grown into being one of the number one guys in the league. I think he's going to continue to work and get better because that's just the kind of guy he is."

(On WR DJ Chark Jr. being both a deep threat and good possession receiver) "I think it's huge, man, because you have guys that have the speed to take the top off and it really threatens the defense to where it opens up so much underneath. I think that's one of the things that makes him good is [that] they respect him so much deep; he can really carve you up underneath as well."

(On if he prefers 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now or 'My Heart Will Go On') "'It's All Coming Back to Me Now.' I'll be honest, before the commercial I didn't know either of them so I might have to go with the one I know."

(On his relationship with RB James Robinson and what kind of person he is) "You all probably won't honestly hear much from him. He's kind of a quiet guy, but man, he's a great guy. He's coming in [and] he's gained all the respect of all the older guys because he came him, knew his stuff, took the responsibility that he had and proved that he's deserved it. We keep giving him more and I think everybody on the team is very excited for him and the opportunity he has."

(On the running backs transition to getting first team reps) "It's been awesome, man. They really haven't changed much at all. They've kept that same hunger, that same work ethic like they're all on the bubble of making the roster. They're all really still practicing really hard and I think that's a lot of fun seeing those guys compete every day."

(On what he's seen from the offensive line this summer and if they are going into the season with a chip on their shoulders) "They absolutely have a chip on their shoulder. I think those guys, maybe more than anybody on the team, when something goes wrong, it hurts them. They don't want to mess up because they know that's putting somebody else in danger. One of the biggest things I'm proud of is how they've come together. I think as a unit they've really grown, and they've grown closer. [Their] communication is really tight; it's really good. I think they all have a lot of belief in each other that they're going to be able to get the job done. I know everybody else on the team has that belief as well."

(On game planning for the Colts without tape from preseason games but having faced them twice last year) "You always kind of know your divisional opponents a little bit more. Having a team that has had a staff that's been there for a little while, you can kind of see year to year how they change. I'm expecting they'll definitely have some wrinkles for us, but I think we have a pretty good grasp on what they try to do since they are in division. We played them our last game [of last season]. We feel good about our planning."

(On if playing well in the last game of the season against the Colts gives him confidence for Week 1) "I think [looking at] last year, there's definitely things that we can all build on. I think we have a young team, a lot of these same guys coming back. I think ending on the right note definitely gives us confidence going into the offseason. Coming into the season, we know it's a whole new [set of] challenges, but we're very confident, regardless of what happened last year, where we're confident in the preparation we put in, the work we put in. More than anything we're just excited to get out there."

(On how he stayed calm and level-headed during his quick trajectory last year) "I'd say it wasn't, at least in my eyes, a super-fast, upward trajectory. It was something that I've been working for and preparing for really as long as I've played football. It's on a bigger stage now with higher competition, but the game's still the same, the relationships you have are still the same, the preparation's still the same. So, I think it's something I've been preparing for for a long time." 

(On being named a captain of this year's team) "It means everything. That's one of the highest honors you can have is being voted on by your peers to represent them and to be their captain. Of all of the awards you can win, that's one that really, to me, means a lot. It means the most because that's really how you are with the guys around you and their opinion of you and I think that's the best judge of somebody."

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