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Transcripts: Ravens Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach John Harbaugh                                           

(opening statement) “Good seeing everyone, [I] appreciate you all being here. Obviously, wrapping preseason, and as we just spoke to our players, I’m personally very, very proud of these guys. Our coaches feel the same way. It has been a pleasure and an honor coaching these guys. We’ve had these guys for a long time. Obviously, you go back to the OTAs. We started with the longest training camp in the National Football League. You go back to the Bears [game], and all the way through. First day, from the first play of the Bears game … Really, from the first practice … But from the first play of the Bears game to the last play tonight, every single one of these guys played Ravens football. That’s what, as a coach, you take pride in. That’s what this part of it, really, is all about. You want to see guys grow. If they can take a snapshot of themselves today, the way they played tonight versus the first day they got here … I think they would be pretty fired up about what they saw. So, we have a lot of good players. We have to make some decisions. We’ll take care of business in the next two days. We’ll practice tomorrow afternoon – which will be focused on Buffalo, our opener. And we start the next phase, which is the regular season. We’re looking forward to it. So, what do you have?

(on if QB Lamar Jackson built on his last game) “I did, I thought he played well. I really did, I thought he executed the offense well. We weren’t in the two-minute and the read-option stuff as much as we were the night before – the last game against Miami. He executed this offense, I thought, the best he has by far. I thought he looked good.”

(on why we didn’t see QB Robert Griffin III tonight) “Because we decided to play the other two guys. I felt Lamar [Jackson] needed to start, and we needed to see Josh [Woodrum] quite a bit, too. He didn’t get too many reps. Robert really didn’t need to play. He’s played a lot so far in our eyes.” (Reporter: “Should we read much into that?”) “No.”

(on what he saw from TE Mark Andrews) “I thought Mark … We wanted to get him out there and get him some time. He missed a good portion of training camp, and he hadn’t had a lot of opportunities to catch the ball. So, just getting him out there, blocking, running routes … I think he had three catches, if I’m not mistaken … Sounds about right. That was important for him. We’re going to need him early in the season to play for us. We have Hayden Hurst injured, so to get Mark out there to do that was good for us.”

(on if it’s a tough decision to keep two or three quarterbacks) “It will be tough. It just depends on the rest of the math. There’s no doubt that you want Robert Griffin [III] on your team. He makes our quarterback room better and stronger. He’s a very good quarterback. He looks like a starter to me. He has been a starter. Certainly a backup in this league, without question. I mean, that’s not even close. I would like to have him on the team, we’ll just have to see how the math works.”

(on if this upcoming break is like a mini bye week before the regular season starts) “Yes it is, I think that’s an excellent point. It’s not just the two [short weeks in between games]; we had the three [games] – we had the Monday night game. So, we played three games in 10 days. It has been bang, bang, bang with these games. Then we’re going to play Sunday, and then we’re going to play Thursday [in Week 1]. So, that’s five games in … You can count the days, I’m not too sure how long it is, but it’s pretty quick. The fact that we were able to rest most of our guys is good. We tried to practice with that in mind the last week and a half or so. We have to make sure we’re ready to play a week from Sunday.”

(on what being 5-0 in the preseason says about the upcoming season) “I think it says good things. We’ve never been one to want to go out there and lose games. We haven’t done anything special. We haven’t played anybody extra. We probably played our starters less than most teams. We’ve always done that, really. I think it says a lot about the character of your football team. It says a lot about the coaches. The coaches do a good job of coaching their players. Every single guy, from the top of the roster to the bottom of the roster, has played the kind of football that we wanted them to play. It says a lot about the guys going forward. If they can go out there and win games, late in the game, against similar competition, then that’s a competitive advantage for them – in terms of making other teams or making our team. I’m proud of them. I think we’re 13-0 – in the last 13, we’ve won them all – in the preseason. We’re not hanging our hat on that. I think some sarcastic website out there can make of it what they want based on these comments, but I don’t really care. You play the game to win. I’m proud of these guys because they’ve won five preseason games. That’s something.”

(on CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s injury) “Yes, it looks pretty serious. It looks pretty serious, so we’ll see tomorrow. But, it looks like a broken arm.”

(on LB Kenny Young’s injury) “[I] don’t really have an update on that one. We’ll know more about that one tomorrow.”

(on if WR Tim White played CB because they were thin at the position) “Yes. Well, DE Christian LaCouture played snaps at middle linebacker, too – first time in his life. I thought he did a heck of a job. Played the whole second half at middle linebacker. Then, of course we had to put Tim White out there in the slot – played man coverage with him. He did a good job. We were running a little low on guys there.”

(on if he saw the team’s celebration after DB Kai Nacua’s interception returned for a touchdown) “I did. I got blasted by a couple of guys because I wasn’t out there celebrating. I wanted to point out that you can get fined for that now in the National Football League – and penalized. The officials were great. They told us they would throw the flag in the regular season, which I figured. But, to see the reaction of the guys for a guy like Kai, and the excitement … Same thing with Robertson Daniel – but they didn’t run out for ‘Rob’ later because they had been told. That’s the kind of discipline we have on our team. (laughter) That’s coaching right there. That was fun to watch.”

(on OLB Tyus Bowser’s roughing the passer penalty) “Well, they said his helmet tipped the quarterback’s chin. I didn’t see it. Did you guys see it on TV? Didn’t see it? It didn’t look like he did. He tried to do it the way he was coached to do it – the way the rules say. I didn’t see a TV copy, so I don’t know more than that.”

(on how valuable FB/DL Patrick Ricard’s versatility is) “It’s really valuable. Pat Ricard plays fullback, he plays tight end, and he plays defensive line. That’s a lot of spots that get filled up on a 46-man active gameday roster. So, very valuable. I can tell you right now, he’s making the team. He’s a good player. He’ll fill some spots for us.” (Reporter: “Like a Swiss Army Knife?”) “Yes, exactly. That’s what it is.”

(on DE Bronson Kaufusi’s evolution) “It was Bronson Kaufusi – I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s everything you ever wanted. He’s a coach’s kid, so start with that. He has been hustling his whole life. He’s hustling to go get the laundry, he’s hustling to go get a soda for his dad – whatever it is, it’s just hustle this, hustle that. That’s how he plays. That’s how he lives his life. To me, he’s a four-three defensive end in real life. That’s probably what he’s meant to be. We play that package, so he could have a role with us. He played some outside backer … I’ll tell you – the best play of the game was when he ran number 84 [Darvin Kidsy], who’s a good little player, on a crossing route, and Bronson ended up on him because it was one of our blitz-zone coverages, and it’s just the way it works out sometimes. He tracked him across the field and made a heck of a tackle for like a four-yard gain. That’s a tough play for a defensive end to make. He had a big night tonight. It was good to see.”

FB/DL Patrick Ricard

(on playing both ways again tonight) “The plan was to play on offense the first half and just play the whole game on defense. I just wanted to play as hard I could whenever I was in. I’m pleased with how I played and how my teammates played tonight.”

(on how difficult it is to play both ways) “Last year, doing it, playing fullback was just a big transition because I hadn’t done it in so long. Took a little bit of adjusting. The coaches were great with me, transitioning me and to be able to do both at the same time, I have to keep up with the gameplan. I have to watch all the film on both. I have to go to extra meetings, have to do extra work. I think this camp’s been a lot better because I had a whole year last year of doing it, so I think now I’m open to improve on both sides and just absorb everything better.”

(on the forced fumble and recovery) “From the start, I didn’t really have a good fit on the guy. I just saw him going. I just put my hand out, and all of a sudden, the ball was on the ground. I think it was just a prayer from God helping me out. I put my hand out; it was a lucky play for us. The ball, it was just right there.”

(on if he’s improving by playing both ways) “Last year, we kept all our [defensive] linemen after camp. We didn’t cut any [defensive] linemen. So it was more of me playing mostly fullback. I went to offense completely. So I was going with defense, just like extra time. I only got like 38 snaps last year on defense. I talked with [Coach John Harbaugh] before the season, just kind of to see where they stood with me, of where they wanted to keep me, if they wanted to [have] me to all offense for this season. I asked if I still had a chance to play my way into the rotation at [defensive] line and to help both offense and defense. I think I’ve showed I’ve improved my technique a lot more. I understand the defense better, and I think I’ve had a better camp this year at D-line so hopefully, I’ll be able to get in the rotation on gamedays for offense and defense this year.”

TE Mark Andrews

(on if the injury to TE Hayden Hurst makes him feel some pressure to fill the void) “Obviously, Hayden was playing really well, and there’s going to be that void, so I’m going to have more opportunities to make plays and do some things. So, I’m going to have to step up and help this team and help to win some games.”

(on if the 45-yard catch helps with his confidence) “It felt good. That’s something that I’ve known I can do. I did it in college all the time, and something I’m very good at. It was good to see, kind of good to finally catch a ball in stride and use my strides a little bit and make a good play.”

(on how he’s feeling physically after dealing with an injury earlier) “I was just dealing with something that was a little tic-tac thing. It feels good to kind of start getting healthy and understand the offense and just kind of feel more comfortable. Anytime you get reps in games, and this whole preseason helps so much, it allows us young guys to kind of get the feeling of the game-like atmosphere. So, it’s been very, very helpful.”

(on how much he’s looking forward to the season opener) “I’m excited. It’s going to be a fun test. We’re going to be ready to go, and I’m ready to start game planning.”

(on his comfort level with the offense) “It’s growing. Obviously, being a rookie, it’s tough at times. Tight ends have to know everything. But I’ve learned a lot. I’ve progressed a lot, and I feel really good right now.”

(on dealing with the expectations of being a third-round pick) “It’s just going to work every day and working hard. Nothing’s given to you. You’ve got to work for everything. So, it’s just going in every day, doing your thing and doing your job.”

RB Mark Thompson

(on getting some chances in this game) “I got an opportunity to show what I could do, and I believe I did that today.”

(on what his goal was in this game) “My goal is just to put everything out on the table. Don’t leave any regrets. Don’t leave anything out on the field. Played a pretty good game. Always could be better. Always chasing perfection, but my main goal and main objective is to come out here and do my job and just take it to the next level today.”

(on if he was nervous before this game since it’s the last preseason game) “I’m never nervous. I’ve been doing this my whole life. Played physical, played fast and was decisive and pretty instinctive. I just trusted my instinct and ran with it – literally.”

QB Robert Griffin III

(on his experience in Baltimore) “First and foremost, I’m thankful for the opportunity to come out and play the game. It’s a kid’s game, and we all get to play it for a king’s ransom. I’m thankful for the Ravens giving me to opportunity. As far as the coaches, I’m thankful for them giving me an opportunity to get better and coaching me and teaching me. For my teammates, allowing me to lead them and all those things. It’s just been a fun process. It also helps when you play well, and you help your team go 5-0 in the preseason. It’s not just one guy; it’s all of us doing it out there. It’s been fun and relieving, because when you sit out of football for a year, no one really expects much out of you, and they don’t expect you to come out and perform at a high level. Luckily, because of the guys around me, I was able to do that. That’s all that I can ask for.”

(on if he’s back to player he used to be) “I feel great. I’m healthy. Coach [Harbaugh] has said it multiple times. I took some hits in the preseason, and I was able to just shake those off. It just feels good to be playing football again. I’m excited about that.”

(on the next couple of days) “When you put in the hard work, and you’ve done everything you possibly can to put your best foot forward and try to show the team that you deserve to be here, there’s no stress. I’m not going to stress about anything. I’m going to go to practice tomorrow and see what happens after that. I’m not going to be worried about it. It’s in God’s hands. Once I knew I wasn’t playing tonight, I just kind of gave everything up to God. I just said, ‘Whatever happens, happens, and it will be according to His will.’ That’s what you do when you’ve put all the work in. You don’t have to worry about it.”

(on what his gut says) “I want to be here. That’s what my gut says.”

(on what he’s learned about himself over the last year and a half) “Not to quote Drake, but I’m going to quote Drake. I feel like I’ve been tried a lot in my career, but I’m resilient, for real. That’s the best thing that you can be, as a quarterback and as a player. No matter what adversity you go through, you have to be resilient. Keep your poise, stay calm, and work through it. And, I feel like that’s what I’ve done, even when the cameras and the microphones weren’t there last year, and there was no team to play for last year. I was still resilient. I still worked hard. It’s a testament to everyone out there that’s working hard and doesn’t feel like they’re where they need to be or where they want to be. Don’t give up. It’s the people that don’t give up that end up succeeding in the end. When you finally get there, you’ll appreciate the journey, and it will make you a better person. It will make you a better player or better at whatever profession you are doing.”

(on if he’s been told he’s made the team) “I haven’t been told. I was told that I wasn’t going to play tonight earlier this week. It’s not my job to tell you guys that. It’s the coaches’ job. I just kept that hush and answered the questions and continued to prepare. I haven’t been told anything as far as my future, here with this team or anywhere else.”

(on how much fun it’s been to be around QB Lamar Jackson) “Lamar is young. I’m not old. I’m 28, and Joe [Flacco] is 30-something, but when you bring some youth to the room, you feel a little faster. It helps you be a teacher, and that’s what I’ve tried to do with Lamar, is take him under my wing and teach him how to play at this level, because the raw ability is there. He can throw the ball. He can run the ball. He can see the defenses. You can see that every time he goes out there to play the game of football. There’s a certain way you have to do things as a pro, and that’s what I’m trying to teach him – how to be a pro – so he can avoid some of the mistakes that really hit all young rookie quarterbacks and young players in general. I take pride in that. He’s like a little brother to me, but he is a grown man, so he’s going to have to learn some things on his own. I just hope I can be there to help him.”

(on the Redskins) “I’ve got nothing but love for the Redskins. They gave me the opportunity to come into this league and play this beautiful game. A lot of familiar faces over there. It was good to see them, good to talk to them and hug them. There’s no love lost. I’ll always remember being a Washington Redskin. I’m just looking forward to continuing my career and moving forward.”

(on his emotions) “It was an emotional first game when we played the Hall of Fame Game, because I had been out of football for so long, and you have to appreciate where you are and how you got there. I missed the locker room. I missed the practices. When everyone’s tired, you have to bring the juice every single day. I miss those moments. If I get that call [being cut], I’m sure it will be an emotional call, but it’s because it’s been a long journey back. But, I’ve enjoyed the journey, and I’ve tried to stay resilient and tough through it all.”

(on why he’s having so much fun) “I feel like this organization is such a great organization. The team and the locker room is so great. They’ve allowed me to be myself. I’ve really just enjoyed that process again. Football is supposed to be fun. I do things a little different sometimes, and I’ve got a little different swag, a little different personality. They embrace that here, and it’s been fun just to experience that with these guys. It’s a credit to the guys in the locker room and the coaches, that I feel like I’ve been able to have fun again playing football. That’s the way it should always be. You should never take the fun out of it, because then it becomes something that it should never be. This is a game. Have fun playing the game. Do it the right way, and it will treat you right.”

LB Kenny Young

(on playing tonight) “It was special. It was a bunch of guys that it was their first journey. This is the beginning phase of their career. To be a part of that, and to share some of the emotions in pregame, and going into this fifth game trying to get a win, trying to create a piece of history, winning five preseason games, it felt good. I wanted to take another step tonight, and do things that I think I need to do and continue to execute.”

(On if not playing the second half was due to his knee injury) “Yes. It happened in the first half. If I could play, I wish I could. I’m getting an MRI tomorrow to see how it’s doing. I’m hoping it’s nothing serious. We’ll see where things are at tomorrow. I’m not worried. I’ll be fine.”

(on if he feels like he made the team) “You ought to ask Ozzie [Newsome]. I just come out here and play ball. Let the chips fall wherever they’re meant to fall.”

(on his experience so far with the Ravens) “Coach Harbaugh just said, ‘Go take a snapshot of where you were a few months ago and how you were playing, and compare it to now. See how much you’ve progressed.’ He said he was proud of us. That’s one of the things that I’m going to look at, is how much I have grown since I have been in this organization. It might be a lot, and I might find something unique. I don’t know what it is, but I felt like the coaches have prepared me well. I’ve prepared myself well to progress over the five games, and put myself in the best possible position going into my rookie year starting the regular season.”

RB De’Lance Turner

(on being with the Ravens in training camp) “It’s been unreal. I’m still taking it all in. Just the fact that I can say, ‘I’m in the NFL.’ It’s a lifelong dream. I finally accomplished it. I’m trying to build from there and be one of the greats.”

(on his performance tonight) “I feel like I did ok. I still have to be a little bit more patient. I feel like I did well enough to build on and get better. I’m going to try to keep getting better every week and go from there.”

(on auditioning for the rest of the NFL) “That’s exactly what I’m doing. If the Ravens want to keep me, I would love to stay here, but whoever wants me, I’m down to play for whoever wants me.”

(on learning from the veteran players) “They have helped me a lot. I kind of got out of things mentally halfway through, but they kept my head up, kept me going, and helped me stay focused and to just build on it.”

(on if he hit the wall) “Going through this business, you get on the downside sometimes. Just had to fight through it and keep my head into it.”

LB Chris Board                                                                     

(on his performance tonight) “I think I put my best foot forward tonight and I think I showed the coaches what I could do for this defense. To be honest, I don’t know what the future holds for me but I am going to let the chips fall where they may, at this point. I know the competition is fierce at this position but I think I did the best that I could.”

(on if he thinks he’s done everything he can this summer) “Yes, I really am. I think I showed the coaches I could play, but at this point it’s really not up to me.”

(on the next 48 hours for him) “To be honest with you, I’ve never been in this position before, so I am really not sure what to expect. I’ll talk to my agent and see what my options are if it comes down to it.”

DE Bronson Kaufusi

(on how comfortable he feels on the defense) “That’s one of the things I love about being here. The coaches are trusting me and putting me in a position to make plays, and I feel I’ve really done well this summer.”

(on the roster crunch coming up) “I really haven’t thought about it. For me, the main thing is to just go out there and make plays. I am just going to let the chips fall where they may. Every time you go out on the field it’s a blessing and an honor, and I love just going out there and doing what I’ve been doing since I was a little kid. It’s an honor. I just want to go out and do the best.”

(on the defensive line prospect in general) “For us, we all have the same expectations. That’s to be the most feared defensive line in the league. The effort we give, the trust we have in each other, that’s what we thrive on. That’s what we want. We’ve got a great group of guys that all want the same thing.”

(on how he’s grown as a player) “I am just much more comfortable right now. I feel like I can play in any defense. Being versatile is huge for me, and that’s what I want to show them.”

TE/WR Vince Mayle

(on his touchdown) “I kept the ball, because it was pretty special. It felt good to get in there. I haven’t scored a passing touchdown since college, so yes, it felt awesome.”

(on the tight end roster situation) “I feel my performance tonight helped me a bit. This is the first year in the league that I haven’t really thought about the end of camp. I just haven’t thought about it. I’ve just been playing, just being happy with myself and my production. I am trying to be positive and have not really thought about the roster situation at all. I do think my special team’s ability gives me a boost, but it’s not always everything. I certainly have bounced around a little bit, but I think I am optimistic about the situation.

(on his evolution of a football player over the last few years) “I’ve really matured a lot. Learning the game more, not only what my role is but those of others around me. I was thinking about my rookie year. I just knew what I had to do. I didn’t really know what was going on outside of me and how it all fit. But this year, as I’ve started to learn more, I am much more aware of how it all works and not just focusing on my job. If I know what he has to do, then I can play off of him and makes us all better.”

WR Tim White

(on the roster bubble WR/RS) “To be honest with you, I am not even thinking about it. I was just glad to be able to finish the game strong and to be with my teammates. And that’s what’s really most important, just going out there, having fun and loving to play. And I would leave it up to God at that point.”

(on the next 48 hours for him) “Well, I am not waiting by the phone, I’ll tell you that. I am just going to keep on working to become a Raven. I feel like I belong here. I am not thinking about going anywhere else. My mind is not doing that. I want to stay here and keep on working.”

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