TE Evan Engram -- September 25, 2019
On playing against Landon Collins:
A: It definitely made me a better player versus man coverage and things like that, so itís going to be exciting playing against him. I saw him a couple weeks ago and definitely always wish him the best. Itíll be fun this weekend.
Q: You saw him where?
A: Thereís a treatment facility up here. I guess they had a couple days off and he came back in the time and got some treatment.
Q: You guys spoke?
A: Yeah, I caught up with him, heís doing well. It was before the season kind of started, so itíll definitely be good to see him again.
Q: How do you think your experience against him, and vice versa, will play to your advantage, his advantage, and also maybe the strategy of what you throw at each other?
A: Itís football. Each play has a life of its own, so you never know what weíre going to see until the game starts. But like I said, going against him made me a better player versus man and things like that, different coverages, so no matter what coverage theyíre in and no matter who I see in man, Iím definitely going to go out there and try to do my job and win each rep.
Q: Heís made it clear for months that heís pissed at the organization for everything that happened, and that heís going to come out here and try to take out the angerówhat sort of anger do you expect from him in terms of the aggression?
A: This sport brings out a lot of us on game days, so weíre not really worried about that. Like I said, heís a good player and I always wish him the best, but like I said, itís going to be a challenge for us against their whole defense this week and weíve got to control what we can control and go out and make plays.
Q: Did you guys hear that it came out a few weeks ago that a lot of former players were very critical of Dave (Gettleman)?
A: It really doesnít matter to us. Theyíre going to voice their opinions, thatís fine, whatever, but weíre focused on us. Weíve got a lot of work to do and weíre headed in the right direction, so thereís really no point in even worrying about all that.
Q: Do you feel like, for the lumps youíve taken as a team, coming off Sunday, this is a pivotal moment for this team going into this weekend?
A: No, I donít want to put too much into that. Like I said, itís one win, we still have a lot of opportunities left, a lot of games left to go out and repeat that. I donít want to sit here and say a lot where it feels so good and weíre satisfied, no. Weíre going to continue to keep that hungry mindset, weíre going to continue to fight like our life is on the line. So, itís definitely good to win and we enjoyed it, but weíve got another task this week that weíve got to get done, so weíre focused on that.
Q: Youíve been around long enough to know that last Sundayís game isnít one that the Giants have come out on the right side of an awful lot. What can that do for a team, especially this early in a season?
A: It really just makes us hungrier. Like I said, that feeling is really addicting, and it adds motivation to us, so I think it makes us hungrier. Weíve been in positions whereólast year we won game three after going 0-2, so like I said, itís important not to put too much into that. Itís a new week, a new opponent, and itís just going to make us hungrier and motivate us more to go out there and do everything we can to repeat that.
Q: You also lost last year on a 63-yard field goal, and this year a 34-yard field goal was no good. Is there any sense--
A: You definitely like to see the ball bouncing our way. Thatís definitely a good feeling, but like I said, there were a lot of things in that game we could have done better, on all sides of the football. So, we want to try and get in positions where we donít have to even go through that feeling, but definitely good for the ball bouncing our way a little bit.
Q: What did you see from your rookie quarterback (Daniel Jones) when you stepped back on the practice field today?
A: I saw everything I saw in OTAs, training camp, and the preseasonóI saw it, I just wasnít in there with him. It was definitely fun to be in that game and to go out there and, like I said in the week last week, go out there and make plays and make him comfortable, get his confidence going, get his rhythm going. It was cool to go out there and do all of that, and Iíll continue to build on it.
Q: Youíve talked about how Saquon Barkley takes attention away from other players and opens things up. Now that you know heís not going to be around for a couple of weeks, how much of an obstacle is that going to be?
A: Itís tough. You lose a special player like that, itís definitely tough to see it and go through it, but itís simple, guys need to step up. Whatever the defense throws at us, whatever they decide they want to kind of take away, the other aspect of the game, or the other aspect of the offense has to step up. So, I think we have the guys in this locker room to do it. We have the guys in that running back room come in and do their best and make their plays. Weíve just got to rally behind each other, believe in each other, and go out and get it done.
Q: What do you see from Landon Collins when you watch him on film?
A: They do a lot of stuff with him. Iím watching him more now than I did when he was here, just because (being on offense) it was kind of tough watching the defense play, but heís still a great player. Heís definitely one of the leaders on their defense, and heís going to be flying around. So, heís flying around, coming in the box, making good plays, and doing what he does, so itís going to be a challenge. There are a lot of guys on that defense that are really talented, and with him being the leader there, heís going to have all of them ready.
Q: Do you expect him to be flying around in your direction?
A: Weíll see, weíll see.
Q: When a defensive player and an offensive player know each other so well, as you and Landon do, how do you suspect youíve made your mark?
A: I donít really think either of us have an edge over anything. Weíre both guys that are going to put the work in all week, prepare as best as we can, and go out there and try and make plays. So, like I said, itís going to be a challenge against their entire defense. Weíve just got to make sure that we prepare the best we can, the best I can, and go out and make the plays.
Q: What makes you believe in Wayne (Gallman Jr.)?
A: Each and every day, heís coming in and doing everything he can. Even in the games when he gets his opportunity, when they come, he tries to make the most of it. Heís a hard runner, he never goes down on the first hit, and he always finds a way to fight for yards. So, I think with his bigger role, his role increasing, heís going to put even more into his preparation. Heís a brother of mine, Iím definitely going to be pushing him all week and get him ready for it. I know he will be ready.
Q: Itís not easy to replace Saquon Barkley, is it?
A: Yeah, but like I said, thereís no time to dwell on missing a guy. Youíve just got to step up and do the best you can.