Wide Receiver Tavarres King
October 10, 2017
Q: How does it feel to be back?
A: Good, man. Under the circumstances, it kind of sucks. I feel bad for my brothers, but it feels good to be back home.
Q: Where were you when you found out?
A: I was here. I was at my place here, but I was watching the game of course and I felt for those guys and it really sucked to watch those guys go down. They are more than just teammates to me. Like I said, theyíre brothers so it hurts my heart for those guys to lose a season like that. But yeah, I was here watching the game, tuned in.
Q: How quickly did your phone ring?
A: Just a little bit after the game. Kind of after they figured out what was going on with everybody.
Q: We havenít seen you since the day of the Lions game. What was that like?
A: I mean, it is part of the business, you know what Iím saying? Obviously, I would have loved to play in that game, be a part of that game, but we had some issues I think at linebacker so we had to make some tough decisions, but that is part of the business.
Q: How much of a surprise was that?
A: It was real surprising, but again, itís part of it. I donít think I have ever been through anything that can surprise me at this point.
Q: Were you working out in anticipation that somebody was going to call you?
A: Yeah for sure. I feel like I can play the game at a high level. I feel like Iím just coming off of a really good start to camp and when I was practicing, I was practicing really well so I feel good about what I was doing. Iím very confident in myself.
Q: What was that conversation like when they let you go?
A: Yeah, it was kind of like it wasnít a goodbye. More so of a see you later.
Q: Who did you talk to?
A: Everybody. Itís a family here so I went through everybody, I talked to everybody. It was tough for them and myself. So I talked to everybody, but weíre good now.
Q: Is it odd coming back in this circumstance?
A: Yeah, it is. The circumstances stink. You know you obviously want to be in a room with all of your brothers, but man it is a major blow.
Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: Man, everything. Just running routes with some quarterbacks. I got a buddy that played quarterback in college. Running routes with him, doing some rehab on the ankle. Nothing different. Just being TK.
Q: Where have you been?
A: Here. Right here.
Q: Where were you working out?
A: Revive Sports.
Q: Who was the quarterback? Anyone we would have heard of?
A: No, you wouldnít know him.
Q: Obviously you arenít happy with the situation, but you have a real opportunity here. How important is that?
A: Itís extremely important to have the opportunity to showcase what I can do and not just that, but to help this team in any way that I can. Get things rolling, bring some energy, bring some explosiveness.
Q: Iím guessing the playbook hasnít changed much in three weeks?
A: I think I still got a good grasp of it.
Q: What was it like watching the games? Were you still rooting for them?
A: Absolutely. Like I said, those are my brothers so I want to see these guys succeed. I want to see them play at a high level and do some great things. I want to see them score touchdowns, like Rhett (Ellison) did, which was awesome. So I just want to see these guys be the best that they can be.
Q: Are you ready to go a whole game?
A: Yeah, yeah I can run all day.
Q: And the ankle is good to go?
A: One thousand percent.