Giants' S Jabrill Peppers Quotes 8.12.20
COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
Q: There has been some talk about you cross training at cornerback? I know you train with a DB academy. Your trainer mentioned that you did some cross training at cornerback. Cornerback is such a wide-ranging type of position, what are some of the things from your game that might translate to that position to allow to contribute at that spot?
A: I think, first and foremost, I will play wherever the team needs me to play. We've all been cross training and can do multiple things. Whatever the scheme is, whatever they see fit, that's what it's going to be.
Q: You are learning about the position. Is there anything particular about it that gets you more excited about playing it?
A: Like I said, we've all been training at multiple things. I think as a far as the position, you have to have great footwork. I think that's the main component that I was trying to better myself on. Just the footwork, being patient, it's just not for any specific position. I think if I better those things, it will help me translate my game.
Q: How tough was it for you to finish last season on IR?
A: It definitely sucked. I want to be out there with the guys competing trying to help bring W's home. To watch, it was hard. I liked what I saw from the guys. They stayed together, competed each and every week. Now I'm focused on this year.
Q: The way you got hurt, does that give you any reservations about returning kicks in the future? It didn't happen while you were playing your primary position
A: I'm not really worried about that. Football is football. Anything can happen out there, I'm healthy now. It's a new year, new focus and I'm just ready to start on that journey.
Q: What are your first impressions of guys like Xavier McKinney, who could play alongside you. Does his ability to play center field get you more excited about being a playmaker up near the box?
A: We all can do many different things, each guy on the roster. Everyone looks like they are in shape, they are well conditioned, they are moving really well. We're all just excited to compete against one another and keep making each other better.
Q: I know you said you are fully healthy. What was that process like in the offseason to get back fully healthy? How daunting was that rehab?
A: It's not really daunting when it's something you know you need and want to do. It was a great process, I learned a lot through it. I'm healthy now, it's a new year. I'm just excited to be out there with the guys.
Q: Having talked to some people who trained with you this offseason, the word that kept coming up is hungry. Where is your hunger at right now? Is there another level you can take your game to?
A: We're all hungry. We play for one of the most prestigious organizations in the National Football League. We all know where it should be. We're all hungry to be the best person on and off the field that we can be. It's exciting, it's exhilarating. We're just doing our part to make sure we're all the best that we can be.
Q: In terms of where your game is at right now and what you showed last year, do you think you can take your game to another level?
A: Right now, I am just focused on coming in here every day and being better than I was yesterday. I feel like if I continue to do that, good things will happen.
Q: I know you were training with Darnay Holmes and took him under your wing? What has been your impression of him with all the time you guys spent together? How valuable is that for a guy coming in, especially with such a weird offseason?
A: Anybody who wanted to work out, I definitely welcomed. I'm all about comradery, getting to know someone. When you get to know people deeper than just on a football level, it makes that bond much stronger and you want to play harder for those guys. That was my main focus. He comes from a great university, I like the product that they put out.
Q: This is a young defense, how much have you taken upon yourself to try and be more of a leader this year?
A: I'm not really thinking about that. I'm just worried about coming in here every day making sure we get better as a whole. No repeat mistakes, and just keep taking it step by step. We're still early in this thing. We are going to keep coming in here with an attitude to want to get better, to want to learn and be coachable. If we can do that and sustain it, good things will definitely happen.
Q: What was it like to rehab your injury during the pandemic? How did things change for you once the middle of March came around? Did that affect the pace of your rehab?
A: No. Nothing really affected it. I definitely had to be more cautious with certain things, obviously social distance. It was still pretty routine.
Q: It seems like you have made strides the last couple of years. It seems like you are on the cusp of taking your game to that next level. Last year the injury set you back late in the year. What gives you confidence that this year is the year for you to break through. What about your situation says I'm ready to make that jump?
A: We have a great group of great leaders. I come in here every day anxious to learn from them. Put my best foot forward , put the coaching points forward. Just work as hard as I can work. That's what I'm focusing on right now.