Wide Receiver Jerrel Jernigan On The First Giants OTA
New York Giants wide Receiver Jerrel Jernigan spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon optimism going into this season, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Q: Coach Gilbride said that its time for you to show some stuff.
A: Yeah. Ive been here three years. I know the offense and its time for me to go out there and make some plays and contribute to my team. I understand where hes coming from.
Q: Do you feel that it puts pressure on you?
A: No. I dont think its pressure. Im going into my third year. I agree with him. Its time for me to go out there and start making plays and start helping my team out besides just special teams.
Q: Do you feel this is the year to start producing numbers?
A: Yeah. I think that every year going out there, especially this year going into my third year. I know all the offense. Its time for me to step up, make plays and help Hakeem and Cruz when Im out there.
Q: For as long as Victor is out, do you feel like its good for you?
A: Until he comes back, Ill be a Z out there making plays.
Q: How much better do you feel about the kick return game? If you could seize that, it would be a real good way for you to contribute.
A: Its wide open. Were still out there competing and trying to solidify a good punt return back there.
Q: Do you feel confident this year in terms of doing that?
A: At practice I had a lot of work. Coach has been harping on me about the way Im catching it. So he finally convinced me to change my techniques back there, so Ive been changing my techniques and its been coming along very good.
Q: Breaking old habits?
A: Were breaking old habits that I had.
Q: Whats the main difference?
A: Basically I was catching it with my hands kind of like how Im catching a pass. Now Im letting it come to my body. It took me a while to get used to that, so now Im comfortable doing it.
Q: Whats your confidence level in showing the coaches what you can do out there?
A: My confidence is always high. I never get down on myself. No matter what any article says, I still know what I can do. My confidence level is really high. I still go out there every day like its a workday for me, no matter if Im starting, not playing or whatever.
Source: New York Giants