HEAD COACH BILL O'BRIEN
Do you have any updates on whether CB Johnathan Joseph or TE C.J. Fiedorowicz will play?
“No. We’ll determine that - I think you have to have your inactives in an hour and a half before the game. That’ll be when you see it.”
Do you have any updates on OLB Whitney Mercilus?
“On everybody. All seven. I mean, it’s a big game. I try to do my job with the injuries with you guys, but you’ll see when we release the inactives. ”
How much is Jaguars QB Blake Bortles’ mobility a concern?
“One of the things that makes him dangerous in addition to his arm talent is his ability to run. I mean especially like in key situations. He scrambled in there for a 21-yard touchdown. He scrambles on third down for first downs, keeps drives alive and then the zone read. There’s a lot to defend with him and the running part of it is a big factor.”
The first time you played the Jaguars was very close. Are you concerned because they are a team that has played a lot of good teams very close?
“Absolutely. They’re a very good team. Our team has practiced really well this week. We know that Jacksonville is going to be ready to go and we know that it’s going to be a typical Jacksonville – Houston game, you know, a tough football game and it’s going to come down to the team that makes the least amount of mistakes. These games are tough. These games are tough and we expect a fight on Sunday.”
What would you like to see from OLB Brennan Scarlett now that he’s designated to return?
“He’s a good kid. He’s a smart player. He has worked very hard to get back. We’re able to use that rule where you can take a guy off of IR and designate him for return. He’s the guy and he’s done a nice job for us this week and he’ll help us on special teams and he’ll probably play some on defense.”
Can you talk a bit about the Jacksonville Jaguars?
“They’re a tough team. Very tough team. A lot of good players. A lot of speed. Yeah they’re definitely a tough team. Felt the same way for them for three years.”
From a coaching perspective, do you have to simplify things when you have new receivers on the field due to injury?
“I don’t think so. I mean I think that these guys have been in a lot of meetings. Even Wendall Williams who was here earlier in training camp, you know, there was a lot of good recall from him. I mean I think that at this time of the year you can’t really simplify things. I think it’s something that you have to go with what your scheme is and so what we do is dependent on the look sometimes and the coverage and all those different things. I don’t see us really simplifying anything.”
DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY
How are you doing and how are you feeling?
“I’m feeling good. I’m ready to go.”
What do you feel like you’ve gotten better at this year?
“Staying on the field. I can play football. It’s staying on the field I’ve gotten better at. I’m out there. I’ve been what, 14 games? Eleven? Thirteen? Missed one. That’s good.”
How are you doing after all these weeks at defensive end?
“Great. How I’ve felt all season. I’ve got to do what I got to do, go out there, help the team win, make plays.”
Now that you’ve gotten to play more, are you starting to experiment with some more rush moves?
“I feel comfortable and I’m trying them all. I just go out there and try everything. I watch the guy I’m playing against all weekend, studying what other guys use on them and use the same game plan other guys used on them that worked.”
How much has that film work helped you?
“A lot. You notice plays before they happen, you can go in there and try to make the play before it happens when you know what play it is before it happens, so watching film is a very big part of being in the NFL.”
What was it like to not only get a sack but get a strip-sack in such a big moment of the game against the Colts?
“It was great. It was a big, critical moment in the game. We needed it. Went out there and made a play for my team. I was very happy about it and other guys were happy for me, so it was a big play.”
It looked like you were very emotional after you made that play. Can you take me through that moment and what it meant?
“I just knew we needed a play. I was working hard all drive, all game, so I was out there trying to make a play and trying to get off the ball. I had been going at their tight end all game. They tried to block me one-on-one with him and I was like there’s no way I’m going to let this guy keep me from the quarterback so got around him and made a play.”
How tough is it to chase down Jaguars QB Blake Bortles?
“It’s not very tough. We have to keep him contained, keep him in the pocket and make him throw the ball. I think we have a chance if we contain him and keep him in the pocket and make him become a passer.”
Do you get excited when you see teams are going to try to block you with a tight end?
“Oh, yeah. You love those moments. You have to take advantage of them. You don’t get them all the time so when you get them you have to win. Our coach says you have to win against tight ends.”
WR WILL FULLER V
How are you feeling?
“Good. I’m just doing whatever to help my team win.”
Is it exciting to be in a playoff chase during your rookie year?
“Yeah. It’s always good to be playing late for a meaning.”
What are some things you’re working on right now?
“Just helping the team win. Whatever my coach asks of me. Whatever the game plan is. Whatever he expects me to do.”
Are things getting easier the more you have been here?
“No I wouldn’t say that. It’s the NFL, you know, every game is hard. Other professional players. I’m just out there competing.”
OLB BRENNAN SCARLETT
What was it like out there for you the last couple days?
“You know what? I actually felt really comfortable out there. The last eight weeks, not being in there, it’s given me an opportunity to watch a lot of film and watch a lot of football. So, I’ve gotten more comfortable with the game, things are slowing down for me. Now it’s just a matter of shaking the rust off a little bit and getting back out there.”
Is it tough to shake off the rust?
“A little bit. It’s just really timing. Pass rush, knowing when to swipe the hands and knowing when to stab and that type of thing. But otherwise, like physically, I feel great.”
How much did it mean to you that they value you enough to designate you for return?
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity that they see enough in me to put me back on the active roster and let me go out and help this team win.”
Do you feel like you can build on the good preseason that you had?
“Yeah, yeah. Definitely. Just try to get better every time I step on that field and just play hard. Really that’s all I can control, doing my best out there, and rely on my preparation.”