WR JJ Jones Postgame Interview: "I just have to thank all my teammates"

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver J.J. Jones (89) is pursued by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Austin Calitro (58) on a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter during a preseason game at StubHub Center.Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

WR JJ Jones Postgame Interview Chargers vs Seahawks

On his punt return for a touchdown:

Just a great call from [Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator George Stewart]. I just have to thank all my teammates, the other 10 guys that were out there with me, helping me sprint that 72-yard touchdown. Coach Stew called a great play, middle return and it opened up like the Red Sea and I just hit it. Just made a play for the team.

On being humble:

It isnt all about [me]. Its a team sport. Without the other guys, it wouldnt happen. It wouldnt work. Like I said, once again, credit to my teammates for giving me the opportunity, blocking for me, being unselfish so we could score a touchdown.

On playing on special teams:

Yes, [I like playing on special teams]. Absolutely, because I have speed, athleticism, things a lot of people wish they had and with special teams, I get to return kicks. Thats what I love to do.

On making the 53-man roster:

As a receiver, its kind of hard. You have Keenan Allen [and] Tyrell [Williams]. Those are great players. Theyre here and theyve been doing it. Special teams, were returning kicks. With my speed, I ran a 4.2 [in the 40-yard dash] on my pro day and that can help me return a kick. Once again, I just want to thank my teammates and everybody for helping me get into the situation to put my team in the best place that it can be by scoring a touchdown.

On kickoff returns and punt returns:

I love doing both. Kickoff returns, you have time to set up and block, but punt return, you have to find the ball in the air, while moving two or three yards right in front of me. Its a quicker transition trying to make guys miss doing punt returns. If I had to choose one, it would be punt returns.

On if hes in the spotlight:

It looks like it is [on me now]. It was a great opportunity, a great chance to make a play. Id like to thank the other 10 guys who helped me get the opportunity.

On the preseason:

Im just trying to score more. Im not satisfied with doing one. I want to score three or four more.

On the special teams blocking:

Thats the main key to me scoring a touchdown. Without those 10 guys, I would be out there by myself. Those 10 guys get that block, that big hole opens up like that. I want to thank those guys for making those blocks and thank Coach Stew for giving me the opportunity to be back there and return kicks.

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