Giants' CB James Bradberry Quotes 8.12.20
COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
Q: What are your impressions of this defense now that you've spent this whole offseason kind of absorbing it, now actually at least gotten out there and talked to your coaches and seen it a little bit?
A: Every day is a learning process. I'm learning something new every day. How I feel about it? I'm enjoying it. I'll play anything. Cover 3, Cover 2, Man, anything. I'm looking forward to it.
Q: What does it resemble? Does it resemble anything you've done? How would you describe it to someone if they said, 'Hey, what kind of defense are you guys playing'?
A: Of course, I did some of those things in Carolina. Some of the techniques and certain coverages are a little bit different. But it's pretty much the same. Defense is defense, no matter what you play.
Q: What's been your impression of Darnay Holmes so far coming in as a rookie? He's obviously getting a lot of reps with you guys. What have you thought about him in the time you've spent with him?
A: The biggest thing that's jumped out to me is he asks a lot of questions. Given that I'm one of the older guys in the room, he's always coming up to me, asking me different questions. He wants to learn a whole lot, and that's what you're supposed to do as a rookie. I'm just enjoying him being very impressionable. I'm able to make an effect on him, and that's my goal.
Q: What is it like for you being the veteran of the cornerback room? It's obviously a very young group. You're coming in and you're only 27, 28 years old. What's it like being the veteran of the room there?
A: It's been pretty cool but, of course, I'm on a new team, so I'm learning every day too with them. I try to teach them things that might come up on film when we're watching film that I might know, that might help them. But for the most part, I'm learning as well.
Q: Coach Judge has been preaching all along about cross training guys on both sides of the ball. I'm just wondering, have they asked you to do anything new in this defense along the lines of that cross-training philosophy?
A: It's still kind of early right now in our learning process. Right now, I'm just playing corner. But for the most part, we're still learning the defense, so we'll see down the road.
Q: When you play, do you like to travel?
A: I like to do whatever the game plan is. I'm cool with anything. I'm very flexible. When I was in college, I was very flexible. Anything that Coach asks me to do, I'm willing to do it. I'm down with anything, honestly.
Q: When you look at some of the other cornerbacks in the room, even Xavier McKinney coming in, versatile guy. Jabrill Peppers can drop in and play nickel at times. Darnay Holmes, versatile, can play outside and can play the nickel. When you have that many guys capable of playing the slot, how does that help you as an outside cornerback, and how much added pressure does that put on you with really the guy who's best suited to play on the outside out of everybody else?
A: I think it helps Coach Pat (Graham) a lot more when he's creating schemes and trying to go against certain offenses. Really, that would be a question for him. For me, whatever job they have in the coverage, I'm going to get it done and try to do it to the best of my ability.
Q: As a guy that primarily plays outside, how important is the chemistry with the guy on the other side of the field, or do you prefer to kind of be on an island and lock into your guy and that's all you're really focused on?
A: Just having chemistry within the whole secondary is important, especially with the safeties and the nickels and corners across the board. It's a brotherhood back there, and that's how you have to really look at it, especially in the meeting rooms when we're talking and we're trying to make communication calls and stuff like that. I'd say overall, it's important.
Q: When you came to the Giants, the expectation was that DeAndre Baker would be there, a first round pick, maybe starting alongside you. Sam Beal was a guy who was there, obviously. Those guys are no longer around. First of all, does that put added pressure on you as a veteran coming in to really hold down the fort? Also, do you think this cornerback room needs to bring in some veteran who can at least know what's going on back there?
A: All we can do is worry about the guys that we have in the room. It's a next man up mentality around here. If you look in the room right now, I feel like we have a lot of ability. We're going to get the job done no matter what they ask us to do. That's our mindset.
Q: A lot of the guys, when you look in the room, you say they have ability, but they don't have any proven track record in the league, do they?
A: We're all young guys. I'm still learning, and they're learning as well. At the end of the day, we're going to get the job done no matter what.
Q: How much are you looking forward to actually getting out there and competing against teammates and playing some football?
A: It's been a while. Of course, we missed OTAs, so it's been a while since I've been out there playing football with my teammates. I'm looking forward to it a lot.
Q: Any Giants receivers you're particularly interested in going up against?
A: Really, all of them. I haven't played against any of them too much. I played against Sterling Shepard in the Senior Bowl, so I'm looking forward to going against all of them.