Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard
November 2, 2017
Q: What is the mindset of the team after the bye week?
A: With the bye week, youíre just starting fresh. Not looking at the previous games, just trying to take this next step forward and win this one.
Q: Is there anything specific that Head Coach Ben McAdoo has emphasized to the team this week?
A: Nothing really specific. Just kind of what I just told you, that weíre going to take this one game at a time and thatís how weíre going to approach the rest of the season.
Q: What have you been told about how you are going to be used the rest of the season?
A: I mean, kind of the same, similar way. Especially on the inside. I feel like thatís where Iím best at, but a little bit more on the outside as well. So, throwing a little bit of that in there.
Q: Is there an adjustment for playing more on the outside?
A: No, I play receiver. So, itís really the same thing. When youíve got to do it outside, corners give you a different look sometimes, but thatís about as far as that goes.
Q: Did the bye week allow the receiver group to regroup and figure out the best way to use everyone?
A: Yeah, I mean, I think the coaches, they stayed in over the break and kind of looked at what worked well for us and what didnít and then kind of try to throw some of that bad stuff out of there and stick with what worked before. So, I think thatís what direction weíre going.
Q: Do you think the offense is more tailored to the players that are here now, as opposed to earlier in the season when it was tailored to players that are now injured?
A: Well, it has to be. I mean, we donít have those guys anymore. So, you have to tailor it differently.
Q: Before you got injured, did you feel like you were having a strong season?
A: I felt like I was doing my job and contributing to the team where I was supposed to. So, yeah, I think I did. I think I did pretty well.
Q: What do you feel like your role is now, having to be the number one receiver?
A: I mean, thatís just what the situation is.
Q: Do you like the role of being the number one receiver?
A: I love it. I love any role. The role that I had before this, just making plays and Iím taking that same mindset to now. Just got to make plays, thatís the bottom line.
Q: Was today your first full practice since getting injured?
A: Yeah. I mean, I pretty much, I did a full practice yesterday. But yeah, I guess you could say this my first full-go practice against other guys.
Q: How do you feel?
A: I feel good. Feel real good.
Q: Thereís nothing holding you back now?
A: No, nothing. Or I wouldnít be doing full practice, so it felt pretty good.
Q: Do you see the offense pushing more and making more of a difference with you back?
A: Yeah, I mean, I think the running game worked so well against Denver that the next week, you couldnít help but try to test out the running game and see it again. But thereís no question that going forward, weíre going to have to throw the ball a little bit. So, itís kind of just perfect timing. Iím coming back and weíll see if we can get things balanced and get the ball moving.