Tight End Evan Engram
September 27, 2018
Q: Are you going to transfer any of your speed to (TE) Rhett (Ellison) so he can run those deep seams?
A: (laughter) A lot of people sleep on Rhett. Heís definitely a teach-tape in the blocking game. The dude is a really good athlete and makes plays in the pass game too. So, no need to give him any speed. He was moving on some plays on Sunday, and I expect him to have a big game this weekend, and through the pass game. I know heís going to take care of his blocks in the run game.
Q: (WR) Odell (Beckham Jr.) was calling him Mr. Consistent. Is that an accurate name for him?
A: One-hundred percent. Every single play Ė I call him the ďteach-tape.Ē Anytime you want to learn how to do something or you want to see a play that weíre installing, you pull up a clip and youíll see #85 in there one-hundred percent. Heís definitely a good guy to have as a teammate, and a good guy to have in my position room.
Q: Rhett had said that you were a teach-tape to him in terms of teaching him new routes and things like that.
A: Yeah, that was kind of cool. Playing with him last year, just kind of seeing him. Heís obviously been in the league for a couple of years and to kind of see him be really into improving his game and his route game. Obviously, we both are kind of the same body type. Heís definitely better in the blocking game, and Iím kind of more of a receiver. He definitely has been picking my brain a lot this year. So have I with him in blocking and stuff. I have all the confidence in him. Like I said, I feel like Iím a vet sometimes when that happens. Heís like the young kid asking me for help and stuff.
Q: Do you feel like youíve made each other better? Do you see it on film?
A: One-hundred percent. Definitely for me, watching his routine and watching him on film, and even in the game, and lining up next to him, his communication. Itís definitely a big confidence boost for me when Iím in there with him, because I know heís got my back and I know if we have assignments or anything that weíre kind of doing together, I know we can get it done, especially with him by my side. It definitely makes our whole room better. I can definitely say we make each other better as well.
Q: Seems like your injury isnít as serious as most people expected it to be. It couldíve been a lot worse.
A: Yeah, it definitely couldíve been a lot worse. It still sucks. Itís a part of the game. Injuries happen. Just kind of focus on staying positive. Iím staying in it, and supporting my teammates. It sucks not being able to be out there, but I know we work our butts off all year. I have the most confidence in the whole team, especially in my tight end room. Definitely just staying in it and supporting those guys and remaining positive, and just attacking treatment and trying to get back as soon as I feel 100%.
Q: If you watch the tape, their tackling style is kind of to go low. Do you kind of resent that at all?
A: Honestly, Iíve always been the type of guy Iíd rather defenders go high rather than low, but itís a part of the game. Itís hard to kind of control your body. If you can kind of see it coming, you can lower your shoulder or adjust. Itís the times when you donít see them coming, or theyíre coming from the side, or coming off of a block or something. So, itís definitely tough, but thereís things that itís hard for us to do on the offensive side of the ball and thereís things that are hard for them on their side of the ball. Itís a part of the game, especially with the new rules and stuff. A lot of defenders are changing things up. I donít have any ill feeling towards that style. Iíd rather guys go high, definitely, but I know itís a part of the game.
Q: So obviously, you didnít see him coming?
A: No, everything happened pretty fast. I kind of had some guy in front of me, and just came out of nowhere. I was kind of late bracing myself. He got me pretty good.