WR Sterling Shepard -- November 2, 2019
Q: How excited are you to get back out there?
A: Iím pretty excited. Sitting out for three games is tough, so Iím looking forward to getting back and getting back in the swing of things.
Q: What do you think this offense is going to look like with you and Golden (Tate III) and Evan (Engram) and Saquon (Barkley) all out there together? We havenít seen that all year.
A: It looks pretty good on paper, weíve just got to go out and execute. Weíve got playmakers, guys that can make big plays, so weíve got to go out there and execute our job and do just that.
Q: Any reservations on your end? Any concerns going forward here?
A: No, no concerns. Iíve done everything that the trainers have asked me to do, and Iím just moving forward from here.
Q: Do you have to play it safe though? Like if you feel anything, do you handle it differently or something like that?
A: Yeah, of course. I mean, itís scary getting two concussions, so I definitely will be honest on how Iím feeling and be honest with the trainers.
Q: Is it hard getting used to the new helmet? It looks like 14 sizes too big.
A: I have the same helmet Iíve worn every game.
Q: Really? Because it just looks bigger then.
A: Thatís the same helmet, boss.
Q: You donít have to change anything in regards to that?
A: No. I think it was just an unfortunate situation last time. If you put anybodyís head in any helmet underneath that and a guy just lands directly on your head, itís going to happen.
Q: What will it be like having your full complement out there for the first time on offense?
A: Just like I said before, we have playmakers who have to go out there and make plays. Weíve got to be assignment sound and, like I said, it looks good on paper, but we have to go out and execute.
Q: What have these last few weeks been like for you?
A: Tough, watching your brothers go out there and play, and you not being able to go out there and contribute. But, just focused on getting healthy and trying to get back.
Q: Did you understand that decision? I know you would have loved to come back, but you kind of had to wait it out.
A: Yeah, itís a tough deal with concussions. They donít really know much about them and about the brain, so you have to give yourself time to recover and I understood that part of it. Was I happy about it? Probably not, but I understood it.
Q: Were you at points where you felt like you could play and were ready to go? How frustrating was that when you know you have to just let it ride out?
A: Yeah, itís pretty frustrating. Usually, with an ankle you can feel it and if itís not feeling good. With the head, you can go a week feeling great and feeling 100 percent and not really being 100 percent. So, you look at that and, yeah, itís tough. Itís tough sitting out and feeling 100 percent, but youíve got to listen to the doctors and thatís what I did.
Q: Iím drawing a blank on the guy, but thereís another guy who suffered a second concussion and he went to go seek out a second opinion, or just to sort of educate himself. Did you contemplate doing that? Did you do that?
A: I did do that. I want to be as knowledgeable as I can of what I can do with this type of stuff and what I can do going forward just to know whatís going on inside my body and going on with my brain.
Q: What did you learn?
A: I learned a lot of stuff. Different supplements to take that are approved by the league and different MRIís that I can see the structural part of my brain, things like that, that are helpful
Q: Is there any trepidation, or worry at all?
A: Iím just focused on going forward from here. Iíve listened to everything the trainers have had me do and I feel good. I feel great, Iím ready to go out and play, just focused on going forward.
Q: You just pretty much have to do what you do, you canít worry?
A: Yea, you canít think about it or I wonít be the player that I am. Once that happens, I donít need to play this game if I canít go out and be the player that I am. Iím not going to be thinking about other stuff, Iím going to be thinking about making plays.
Q: I assume since you started playing there is a baseline picture of your brain they had, have the two concussions changed that at all
A: Iím not a doctor, so I canít tell you. I know there was an image of everybodyís brain, but Iím not sure. Thatís a pretty tough question to ask me, you would have to ask the doctors that.
Q: Do you have a feel for what it will be like to be back out there?
A: Yea, I sat out after the first week, probably the same feeling. (Itís a) divisional opponent, and this has to be a big win for us. Iím pretty excited about.