Tight Ends Coach Lunda Wells -- May 8, 2019
Q: What is the most important thing for Evan when he is at the highest of the highs in his game? To make that more consistent, what does he have to work on to be more than a flash here?
A: Obviously, he needs to stay healthy. You know, being on the field. Second thing is just kind of letting the game come to him, playing a little more calm, more relaxed. I think as he realized what he was being asked to do, he started to play a little more calm and a little more relaxed, especially at the back end of the season, which in turn allowed him to play some of his best ball. And like always, you kind of always want to be climbing during the season and then at the back end of the season playing your best football in December. So, thatís kind of the trend we are trying to do. Build on December and get better throughout the season.
Q: Did the injuries, I mean to read into what youíre saying, maybe he pressed a bit too much?
A: No. I mean, when you have injuries it sets you back. You miss field time. Sometimes you miss a little meeting time and it just kind of sets you back schematically. Then mentally it is always lingering in the back of your mind. Heís moving forward and progressing really well and we are really excited about him this season.
Q: How much more comfortable are you in year two of this offense and then also coaching the tight ends for the second year in a row?
A: The word comfortable is a word that you use, but I always try to say that I am trying to make it better. You know what you did last year, go back and reanalyze how you taught them what you taught them and refine it when you need to and then when you donít you just continue to be persistent and consistent and keep building on that.
Q: What can (C.J.) Conrad be in this group? Where does he fit? Whatís his skillset? What do you like about him?
A: I like Conrad. Heís tough. Heís smart. He can learn. Heís not a blazer, but heís instinctive in the pass game. It didnít take a long time to figure out that this guy is very determined about being a really good player and I like that about him. He takes coaching very well. I really like that kid from what we saw over the three-day rookie minicamp.
Q: Is he the kind of kid that you put him in the room you already have and he will kind of be a sponge with the guys that you already have in there?
A: Yeah, he is one of those guys that will fit right in with those guys. Easy going, again, loves football. Heís a good guy for that room.