TE Coach Lunda Wells -- December 14, 2018
Q: Do you think Evan (Engram) made strides last week, not just coming back from injury but kind of his all-around game?
A: Yeah, he did a nice job. He did a nice job doing the things that we needed him to do in the game. He saw some improvement, so heís doing good.
Q: How much has your group transformed from the way you came into the season and the way youíre using your personnel now?
A: Again, like Iíve said before, it all depends on what the teams show that they give us, then on personnel, you go into each game with certain roles and certain things that youíre trying to do and then sometimes in the game, you get into different roles as the game plays on. It all varies and the guys have done a nice job embracing the roles that they have and doing a nice job with it.
Q: How much does the teamís broader commitment to running the ball more since the bye elevate Rhett Ellisonís role and how has that impacted him as a player?
A: He does a great job of what heís asked to do. Like I said before, a lot of the things that he does goes kind of in silence, itís not necessarily showing up on the stats sheet. Heís done a really good job of what weíve asked him to do as a blocker, and all those guys have done a nice job with what weíve asked them to do as a blocker as we run the ball.
Q: (Scott) Simonson Ė even with Evan back, heís still getting 20-plus snaps. What have you seen from him? What does he contribute?
A: Like I said before, his toughness, his knowledge, heís very smart and he throws pure-ass attitude out there. He does a nice job with the role that we give him. Sometimes itís blocking, sometimes itís out catching the ball, heís caught a couple balls in critical spots in previous weeks, so heís done a really nice job in the role we give him.
Q: Do you guys take some credit? Credit might not be the right word, but the way youíve run the ball, everybody says Ďoh, look how the offensive line is playingí, but your group has had a lot to do with the blocking there, too.
A: Itís one of the positions where we donít necessarily look for the pat on the back, we understand that our role is important.
Q: But when I want to give you a pat on the back, youíll take it?
A: Yeah. (Laughter) Youíll take it. But again, we enjoy the fact that weíre able to do our job to help the team win. Those guys just enjoy winning.
Q: What was it like when you sat down with the guys and were looking at that touchdown run of Saquonís? Your two guys both were big parts of that.
A: Itís pretty good. Those guys did a nice job executing, which gave Saquon some air there. You give Saquon some air, and anything can happen. It was enjoyable. We had some coaching points that we made on that particular play to help make it better for us, but they did a nice job in the game. They really did.
Q: How has Evan handled things? Itís been an up and down season for him with injuries and things like that.
A: Injuries, like I said before, those get after him a little bit. When he gets hurt, heís discouraged a little bit, but he keeps working hard and keeps putting himself in a position to return, and itís been up and down, but itís been positive for him because heís had opportunity to make some plays as of late, which gives him that confidence that he needs.
Q: Do you think (Engram) could potentially be a guy you use in heavy packages, or is he more of just a receiving tight end and you have to be selective in the run game?
A: I really hate using that term, Ďreceiving tight endí, because all the guys embrace the role of a tight end, which means blocking and catching. Will he ever be in the big packages? If the role fits, yes. Again, we try to play to our guysí redeeming qualities and he can be in the big packages if we needed him.
Q: Just seems like since the bye, he has been used more exclusively as a receiver versus in blocking packages with you guys trusting Rhett more. I was just wondering if one day, heís the lead tight end, if he can be what Rhettís been for you guys this year basically.
A: Yeah, all those guys in my mind are lead tight ends. Itís all predicated on the scheme that weíve got going here and how weíre trying to attack the defense, and again, utilizing those guysí redeeming qualities. Again, heís done a hell of a job.