TE Evan Engram -- December 7, 2018
Q: Given the obstacles youíve had to fight through this year with the injuries, how much do you want to finish strong and really kind of end the season on a good note?
A: Thatís really important to me. Not even just for myself, but for the team. We have a couple more opportunities left, couple more division games, big games, and itís a couple of opportunities to go out and keep doing what weíve been doing and thatís been working hard, thatís been playing good football. Just starting fast, accomplishing the things we want to accomplish and so itís definitely important to me that I do my job and I have a helping hand in doing all that.
Q: What are you expecting here, your role to be upon your return?
A: Whatever Iím asked. I had a good week of practice, have a great game plan in and thereís going to be opportunities to make plays throughout the game so Iím just going to be there when my numberís called.
Q: Working the slot versus on the line, what does that allow you to do with your skillset?
A: I like both honestly, but in the slot Iím able to have more freedom like different types of releases and the DB is kind of more on an island, especially in man coverage, and in zone, itís kind of easier to be able to read where the guys are dropping and stuff. When you get in line and youíre at the line of scrimmage, itís a really good mismatch out there and itís definitely easier for a defender to kind of play man if he wants to choke you or press you up there, you got D-Linemen in the way and stuff, so itís a lot kind of harder, but if you win that matchup in the in-line position, then itíll be good for you as well.
Q: What matchup do you like better, the linebacker or the defensive back? Thatís your thing, right, you can create mismatches Ė
A: I like seeing linebackers out there, but itís rare. They usually have some DBís out there, but I definitely would prefer a linebacker. A little bit more athletic and I can kind of use my speed and still be physical to win.
Q: Are these division games you played where you have carry over so much that you guys play each other so much this year and next year Ė
A: Yeah, the division games mean a lot. No matter what the circumstance youíre in in the season, a division game on the road is a big game, so definitely a lot of history in this division, a lot of kind of big rivalries across the whole division. Any division game is big, the whole week is big from the preparation and itís important to do our job and come out with a win against a division opponent.
Q: Do you feel the history? I mean youíre a young player and a lot of the history dates back probably before you were born.
A: I think the fans kind of help me feel that. These division games mean a lot to them. You see it all on social media and you see it on TV and you see it kind of out there, just the importance and the history, all the classic moments that these games have had in this division and all the great teams that have been in this division. Itís kind of easy to get reminded of that.