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S Kevin Byard


(on how it felt to recover a fumble and see the end zone in front of him)

Felt great, man. Got my first NFL touchdown. It's been a long time coming. I just decided to make a play. I mean, you guys just talked to Elijah (Molden). He made a great play, almost like landed over top of the ball. I had to kind of grasp it and (it) just popped up and was able to sprint to the end zone. Great to pop off the game, like (I) was super excited. But next the two plays, big play and they score, so (we need to have) consistency, you know?

(on if he saved the fumble recovery ball and what he'll do with it)

I save all my turnovers. I mean, I got a lot of them in my closet right now. Honestly, I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but I have an idea when I retire and I get all my turnovers and stuff like that, I think I'm going to make me like a leather couch. You know what I'm saying? I got a lot, so I think I might do like a leather chair or something, some custom. I'm trying to find someone who can do something for me.

(on the last time he scored a defensive touchdown)

I didn't have any in high school defensively, but I had four pick sixes in college. So, like I said, it's been a long time coming. Just excited to get my first touchdown.

(on what the past week was like coming off of a loss and the importance of building momentum in a positive direction this week)

I mean, it was a must-win for us. This is a division game. We understand that all our division games are must-win, (they are) going to be tough. The Jets, like I said, (we) kind of came off an emotional rollercoaster losing to Jets, but I kind of talked about it over the first couple of days. We had to flush it and get ready for Jacksonville Jaguars. Not going to apologize for winning. Obviously, it wasn't pretty, wasn't perfect at all. We got a lot of stuff we need to clean up, but happy to get a win down here in Duval.

(on how the defense has improved on third down)

Anytime we can get teams in third-and-long and keep them out of third-and-short, we're going to be pretty successful in third0down defense, like I've been talking about all offseason. Communication has been better. The execution, the pass rush, the coverage, everything has been great. We just have to make sure that we can get them in third-and-longs. We have to be better on first and second downs. I think on those drives that you're seeing, teams are driving all the way down the field, they're getting big plays on first and second downs. We're not forcing them into third-and-manageable for us, so that's something we have to continue to improve on.

(on Jaguars running back James Robinson averaging 8.3 yards per carry and what was happening to allow that)

Honestly, I think James Robinson is one of the more underrated running backs in this league. We saw him last year get over a thousand. He'll probably get over a thousand again this year. He's a really good running back, good vision. He has real good like center of gravity, Alvin Kamara-like, small, compact, strong. But as a defense overall, we just didn't tackle well enough today, gave up some big plays on missed tackles. Stuff we have to clean up.

(on facing Jacksonville a lot over the years and what is different about the Jaguars with quarterback Trevor Lawrence)

My first two years, obviously it wasf Blake Bortles and it was a really good defense. The offense really wasn't good at all. They were kind of leaning on their defense. As of now you can see that their defense still is pretty good, but they can score points in a hurry. Trevor Lawrence, my first time playing him, but I think he's going to be a heck of a quarterback in the league. It's going to be exciting to play him for the years to come. But they're going to keep getting better. We knew that they were going to be a pretty good offense and they weren't going to lay down once we got up on them. But I think, like I said, for him and the running back (James Robinson) and (Laviska Shenault Jr.), I think we did a good job of containing them at times, but just not consistently enough.

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