Scout NFL Q&A: Brandon Jones

Titans WR Brandon Jones talked with Scout.com's Ed Thompson about his team's matchup with the Colts, Peyton Manning, Indy's young cornerbacks, his teammates who are former Colts and much more in this exclusive interview.

Ed Thompson: Tell us your thoughts on your win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week…

Brandon Jones: It was an exciting game. We came in here and just outplayed them. We got physical with them and had a lot of running success. Most of the time a receiver would complain because you're running the ball that much, but you have to take what you can get with a defense like that -- because they have a great defense. We know that we would go in there and pound it out like that.  And once we started, it was like if it ain't broke don't fix it. So we stuck with the run and the run guided us the whole way through. It was a fun and exciting game and hopefully we can have another one of those games, a powerhouse football game with Indianapolis, but we'll go out there and get our feel for it.

ET: You had a terrific run on a reverse.  Is that a play where you get excited when they call that in the huddle because you don't know what you're going to see when you get that ball as you're making that wide arc around the backfield?

BJ: You sure don't, but that is a play you get excited for. Being a receiver you're going out for passes all the time, but receivers like to get into the running game.   Whenever a receiver gets the call for a reverse it's a happy moment for them because you get to show off your running skills and it's just something that's fun to do.  And that's what it's all about, having fun out there.

ET: How did you react when you saw you had two big division games in the first two weeks of the season?

BJ: You look at it like we're going to have to be on our "A" game. But every week undoubtedly it's going to be tough out there in the NFL, so you have to be on your "A" game anyway. Having these divisional opponents right away is a good thing because it makes you stay focused. I think the guys are looking at it as a good thing and not a bad thing.

ET: What challenges do the Colts present defensively for your offense?

BJ: They have a very sound defense. They're quick and they get a lot of defenders to the ball fast. They have Bob Sanders -- he rounds that defense out, he's everywhere, he's their playmaker, he's like the bread and butter of that defense. As a player, you want to go up against the best, and Bob Sanders is one of the best. The Colts have a tough defense and Peyton Manning's tough, so it's going to be a challenge for us. But at the same time we get excited for big challenges because that's what you play for.


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ET: What have you noticed about their new starting cornerbacks Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden?

BJ: They're physical corners. They're big corners. They're in the right places at the right times and always doing the things they're supposed to. They're good, and they play in that Cover-2 just fine, but they can be beaten just like anybody else.

ET: Last year Vince Young gave the Colts some trouble with his feet, do you expect him to be looking for those opportunities again this week?

BJ: Yeah, the opportunities are always there. They're a good defense, but Vince Young, he's going to go out there and make his plays. He's going to use his legs and make things happen, so you just have to be there and be in the right spot to help him out.

ET: You have an exciting rookie in Chris Davis in your receiving corps and as a return specialist, tell us what you've seen from him already…

BJ: He's developed a lot. At first it was tough for him and you could tell, but he learned and grew every week. I'm a young guy myself and I know how hard it can be. He's very exciting.  He's so quick and agile, it's cool to watch him and see how he does those moves back there on punt returns and reverses. He's going to be somebody who's exciting to watch for years to come because he gets in there with Vince, and Vince likes him a lot.

ET: How much pressure is on your defense this week?

BJ: I think they have a big challenge. Peyton Manning is one of the best around, but they have a tough challenge every week. I think they're going to stand up to the challenge; they're looking forward to it.  I'm sure as a defensive player you hate to go against him, but you also love to go against him because he's the best.

ET: Have you talked to Nick Harper at all this week? I'm sure he's excited about matching up against Marvin Harrison this week…

BJ: You don't even have to talk to him, you can tell by how he is out on the field. We had practice today and you can tell all those guys who used to play for the Colts are jacked up -- David Thornton, (Gilbert) Gardner, Corey Simon, Nick Harper -- those guys have been jacked up for this game for a long time. Players coming from their old teams, they always want to perform against them.

ET: What do you think the secret is going to be to coming out of this home opener with a win?

BJ: We have to play our game which is going to be physical and that uses our talent. Cut out all of the mental mistakes and penalties. We can't beat ourselves because Peyton Manning is going to be enough. So we have to help ourselves out and get mentally focused and go in there and not make any mistakes to give ourselves the best chance.

ET: Any message for the Titans fans who are going to be rooting for you this week?

BJ:  Just show up, get loud, and we'll make you proud.


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