TE Evan Engram -- November 8, 2018
On continuing to work on his performance:
A: Definitely want to stay on top of Ė even in good times. Even when you donít have those plays, you want to make sure youíre staying on top of your stuff and getting after practice so definitely after that you want to definitely get back and keep harping on those things and keep working hard.
Q: It was almost exactly a year ago that you guys went out to San Francisco, you guys had one win, they had no wins. How surprised are you a year later to be in a similar position?
A: Itís not surprising, itís just really tough. Definitely not somewhere we want to be but, itís a new opportunity. Not really thinking about last year. Thatís a year behind us so Ė
Q: But that felt like a fluke back then, right?
A: What do you mean?
Q: To be in that position?
A: Yeah, it was definitely a disappointing position to be in then, but weíre going out there with another opportunity to win a game and thatís our goal. Not really dwelling on the past or dwelling on how we feel about where we are right now. We know it sucks, we know weíre pissed, but weíre going out there trying to get a win and get some of this feeling out of our mouth.
Q: Do you kind of look at the bye week as a chance to start a new season fresh after the losses and the injuries?
A: Definitely. You still want to be able to work on some of the things we struggled with before the bye week, but itís definitely a good mind reset, mind rest weekend and especially body. Rested my body so itís definitely going to be a great week of practice and itís going to feel good to get back out there on the big stage on Monday night.
Q: How hard has it been to sit on that drop for as long as its been?
A: I was pretty pissed for a couple of days afterwards. It was a big play, but I know I make those in my sleep, but it was an unfortunate Ė that play happened and itís definitely an important play behind me. Like I said, just keep working and staying the course, get back to the basics, but definitely as a competitor you want to be perfect and you want to strive for perfection. A lot of times that doesnít happen, but itís definitely something I put behind and keep working.
Q: In terms of the extra work that you do, were you doing that way back in college?
A: Thatís just part of the game. Just working on little things from struggling in the blocking game to getting back to basics. You can do it. I mean, everybody works, stays after practice or even goes out earlier and gets some stuff in so itís just part of the game, part of keeping your tools and keeping your game polished and itís just hard extra work.
Q: Youíre obviously a difficult matchup for a lot of defenses. Do you see that when youíre kind of looking at film? How much do you crave to exploit that?
A: When you watch film, you look at first what the defense presents or how they like to play guys. In this time, thereís a lot of athletic tight ends that defenses like to account for so definitely something that I try to look for and see ways I can be effective, especially when we get man techniques or if Iím a lone receiver and see how they play that or just different scenarios you got to put yourself into watching film and definitely looking for ways that you can take advantage of the opponent how they run their defense.
Q: Are there any tight ends that you kind of emulated over the years or wanted to take pieces from?
A: I love watching Travis Kelce. His game is just so polished. Heís so smooth and they do a good job Ė their offense does a really good job of putting him in positions to be successful so just watching him and we got a lot of Chiefs cut-outs. We got a tight end clip, big plays by tight ends last year and heís on a lot of them. I think heís by far one of the best tight ends in the league and itís definitely fun watching him and itís fun stealing some of his stuff and using it myself.