QB Philip Rivers: “I’m really excited to get back out there"

Philip Rivers addresses the media after Day 15 of training camp

On playing this weekend:

Im really excited to get back out there and get in there and get the game juices flowing a little bit. It will be good to be out there and again. Like Ive always said, I dont want to make too much of however it goes either way, good or bad but itll be good to be out there together and get in a little bit of a game flow again.

On playing in the preseason:

Id like to play. I think itd be hard not to take any snaps. Although, when you look at next week, when you get to practicing against the [New Orleans] Saints, those are like stealing game reps, even though youre not live as far as contact. Youre getting to experience going against another defense and it turns into pretty much a game setting, but I like to get a little bit in there. It just makes you feel a little more comfortable.

On working with C Mike Pouncey:

Its been great. I think the in-game stuff is important. We do it out here, the communicating but in the game, theres just a little more noise, a little more intensity, so that will be good as well. I have no concerns about that. Hes been great both with all the protection stuff, Mike [linebacker] points, and just the way he commands the huddle and runs the thing at the center position. Obviously, you knew of him as a being a Pro Bowl player, but hes certainly lived up to all the expectations we had.

On being on the sideline during games:

Its so funny because when Im able to remove the emotions from it, I go, Yeah, it doesnt really make sense to play in this game. Well shoot for next week. But when you get out there and warm up, youre going, Golly. It makes you want to get out there, but [watching the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals from the sideline] was good. I always enjoy watching the young guys and trying to help when you can, but pulling for them because I remember like yesterday my first NFL game, playing, and how you felt, so it was fun to see these young guys fly around and get an opportunity.

On watching games:

I definitely watch. I dont do as extensive of it as you do in the regular season, but yeah. I think enough to where you feel good about going out there. Watching a little bit of the third down cut-up. If you get a couple third downs, being comfortable with what you have in the red zone. Its different this year even more so, because we play Arizona in the regular season, we play Seattle in the regular season, we play San [Francisco] although thats week four of the preseason we play them in the regular season. You see things you want to run and you go, Alright dont run it. Lets save it. Im sure its the same for them on defense. It will certainly be [like that] for both sides. Its just about executing and being efficient. No pre-snap penalties, none of that stuff, but theres an element of preparing, I think more so for me. I like to do it not so much as it is preparing to go win the game, but more so to get me into that in-season mode of preparing watching the pressures, watching the third downs, going through and studying the gameplay sheet. Just so you get back in that mode so you dont just try to turn it on in Week 1.

On if the Seattle defense has changed with the changes to the coaching staff:

It does. It seems a little bit different. It seems that they sprinkled in a [few] things from what [Seahawks Defensive Coordinator] Ken Norton [Jr.] did in his time in Oakland. Obviously, [Seahawks Head Coach] Pete Carroll has a long history of defenses and different things. This scheme [Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradleys] shows up quite a bit as well. Theyre a little more multiple, it seems like to me, than theyve been the past few years.

On the backup quarterbacks:

Its been good. Shoot, our quarterback group gets along great, but theyre competing like crazy. Its been good. Its interesting for me in my position because Im pulling for both of them. I dont know if that can be possible, but youre pulling for both of them to succeed, play well and let it play out the way it will. Both of those guys are working hard all of us are. Shoot, its not just them competing. Im competing with them as well were all competing. Thats just our nature in that room. Its been a good group.

On QB Cardale Jones development:

I just think its more time in this offense, in this scheme. Each rep, each play, each time you call a play in the huddle and each meeting you sit in, you have to improve. Now, he has a year under his belt with this scheme. I think last year was probably really good for him. Although he didnt dress in those games, he was part of the whole week of the process, seeing how the things work on game day. Obviously, [former QB] Kellen [Clemens] was here and was a heck of a veteran that he could learn from. Now [QB] Geno [Smith], who has been in different places, learned from guys and played in a lot of games. I think Cardale is a guy and you know him shoot, hes as easy a guy in the world to get along with. He wants to get better every day.

On Jaguars CB Jalen Ramseys comments:

Shoot, I guess Ive made it if he says Im pretty good. I didnt know he was doing his ESPN Top 30. Shoot, [Mike] Sando is in trouble.

On being one of the few players complimented by Ramsey:

I didnt hear about that. Shoot, when you have the kind of year he had and youre a corner, its a little bit of that never lose mentality. Theres no reason to hold back. Whether he gets beat for a touchdown or not, Im not predicting those things and then they dont even think about it. Sometimes, those kinds of corners are the most dangerous, right? They play and theyve never had a bad day. Those are the ones that are dangerous to go against.

On who has stood out in camp:

Gosh, I think [C/G Scott] Ques [Quessenberry] and the offensive line have done some good things. We drafted him from UCLA. The receivers, its been interesting to see those guys. You see [WR Artavis] Scott [WR] Geremy [Davis] probably wouldnt really appreciate me throwing him in the young guy category, but you just saw the game he had last week and the game Scott had. I thought [TE] Sean Culkin made some plays last week. Hes really improved. He has gotten an opportunity to get a ton of reps with [TE] Hunter [Henry] going down. Hes making the most of his opportunity. Those are the guys that stand out offensively.

On TE Sean Culkin:

I think [he has] more confidence, more reps [and] just more understanding [of the offense]. Playing tight end and also playing receiver because of how much we move guys around its tough because youre the F, Y, whats your motion? At this time, do this. Theres a lot, they even play fullback some plays block power then run down the seam. Theres a lot we ask of those guys, so I think it takes them a little time. Sean loves to play, loves football, Hes been working at it and he cares about it. Theres something about that I dont care what level youre in theres still a big value in people loving ball, and how much it means to them. Those guys usually over time end up being the guys you want to stick around.

On former TE Antonio Gates:

Ive got no new updates for you on those conversations. If I was into social media, I couldve screenshot a couple and put them out there, but no Ive got nothing new. I dont know if theyre still talking or not, obviously again, if hes here one of these days in the next three weeks it would be great. I dont think it needs to be real soon. If theres one guy that would know what to do, it would be him

On Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin:

He flies around and is always around the ball. I dont know if hell be in there when were in there,, but its impressive. His story is awesome and seeing him out there flying around.

On how much hed like to play in the preseason game on Saturday:

Four quarters. Ive tried to get better. I used to struggle in these preseason games because you know youre not going to be in there long, so you go, Oh this is play 12. This is the second drive, were probably coming out. You need to make a big play, then you throw an interception. It ruins the night and your standing over there the rest of the time going, What in the world did I throw that ball for? So, Ive tried to get better at pretending Ill be in there for the whole game and if were two-for-four with 10 yards and theres a few drives where we dont do anything, then its ok. Theres no reason to overreact because we would have three-and-a-half quarters left to play. So, I think Ive done a better job of putting myself there mentally.