Quarterback Gardner Minshew - August 28th, 2020

(On his partnership with Bud Light) "Yeah Bud Light approached me and had this great idea to partner on something with fantasy football and free beer. I figured that's about the best combination there is, so we made it happen. It was a lot of fun and I hope everybody picks me first."

(On requests for hookups of free Bud Light cases) "Oh about everybody on the team has asked. So, we've got to figure that out. But I'm pretty sure we have to hook it up."

(On the offense gearing up for Week 1) "Yeah, it's been a great process learning the offense, getting into it with everybody. I think we're at a point now where all of the heavy lifting is done. Up to this point, it's been a race trying to get a lot of reps. And now, it's going to be more fine-tuned game planning and really just getting the finer points ready for Indianapolis. And I feel really good about it."

(On expectations for Saturday's scrimmage) "I'm not sure exactly what the scrimmage is going to look like, but hopefully we get some game situations. A lot of it is just the typical operations stuff, as far as, warm-up, subbing in and out, getting plays called. A lot of that stuff is stuff you know you don't have to have it done, but it's good to kind of have a dry run at that. And then, just move the ball, communicate well and score when we get in the red zone."

(On his checklist of things to improve on during training camp) "Oh no, I think there's— as you figure things out, there's new things that come up every day. And that's one thing I've always said, is each day have new things to work on, have new problems, make new mistakes. I think it's big once you identify what you're messing up on, address it and then hopefully that's no longer an issue and you can move on to whatever you do wrong next."

(On biggest improvements thus far) "I think one of the biggest things is just chemistry with the receivers and learning the timing within the offense. Any time you have new receivers, depending on the play, I think all those things are things that you can only do through live reps."

(On mindset behind paid sponsorships and partnerships) "Actually, I've probably turned down a lot more than I've taken, as far as that stuff goes. Obviously, I want to make sure that it's not too time restrictive. I want to make sure that obviously first thing comes first, and I don't want anything that's going to interrupt or even slightly get in the way, even if it's taking away just rest time. I make sure that it fits in my schedule, it fits in something that I want to do, something typically that's kind of fun and enjoyable."

(On the partnerships he's been offered) "Uh yeah, I'd say the RVs, that was an incredible experience, but this thing with Bud Light—I guess working with them in the past too, it's been a lot of fun. And then you have things like the Snickers chain which was a blast. I've just been super fortunate just to have those people who want to work with me and I think it's been a lot of fun for all of us."

(On WR DJ Chark Jr.'s progress) "Yeah no, DJ is playing with a lot of confidence and that's big for him. He's running really good routes right now, too. And I think that kind of goes hand-in-hand with his confidence. He has a lot of belief in himself. I have a lot of belief in him. So really, we want that to be any time he's one-on-one and he can get the ball."

(On relationship with QB Jake Luton and his progress) "Yeah Jake's been awesome, man. He's got about everything people look for in a quarterback. He's tall, throws accurate balls, has a big arm. He's actually really smart, he learned the offense very fast and he really hadn't needed much help there. But it's nice to have a pretty young quarterback group. It's fun to kind of learn all as we go and we're all kind of talking through things. And it really makes it a fun quarterback room."

(On change for social justice starting with quarterbacks) "Yeah, I know, right now, we're doing stuff daily as a team. I try to do my part and really right now we're trying to educate ourselves to really figure out what change can happen, what we can actually affect. I know we keep saying the words actionable change. And right now, we're trying to educate ourselves and then plan and then act, is kind of what we're trying to do right now."

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