NYG Postgame (at Washington Football Team) Transcripts: TE Evan Engram
November 8, 2020
Q: Talk for us about that touchdown catch and that spectacular fingertip catch. Do you feel like you left a little bit out there on that slip through your hands and it was almost an interception? Just talk us through your day - the good and the bad here.
A: With the touchdown, I was just trying to make a play for the team and for Daniel [Jones]. We got the look we wanted on that type of play, I just had to execute and finish the play. DJ threw a great ball and I just had to finish it. The drops, you know, you don't want those but you just have to keep pushing through it. Luckily, we were able to overcome the adversity today and finish with the win.
Q: This seems like something that we ask you every year around this time of year. There are reports that the Giants got trade offers for Evan Engram again. It seems like it happens every year. Were you in the loop on any of those and were you glad that you're still here now that the trade deadline is gone? What was your reaction to being in trade talks again?
A: Obviously, I'm glad and blessed to be here and to be a New York Giant, but all of that stuff is out of my control. I don't really pay that much attention to it. I just control what's on my plate and what's in front of me and whatever happens is whatever happens. Like I said, I'm blessed to be here as a Giant and it was a hell of a game that we played today and I'm just glad we got the win.
Q: Evan, congratulations on the win today and on the plays that you were able to make, but going back to the one you dropped, the key one, what happened on that play? How do you assess that? Talk a little bit about the work that you have put in or need to put in as far as making those plays.
A: Just really was a routine play and I got a little too excited and the ball went through my hands. I just have to keep working and stay at it all week and stay and catch balls and working on technique - keep eyes on the ball all the way to the tuck. It was just a play that I wish I could get back and grab it and make play. Those things happen. You just have to overcome it.
Q: You guys are 4-0 the last two years against Washington and we spend so much time talking about, 'You've lost seven to Philly or eight to Dallas.' Do you guys get more confidence against Washington because you've had so much success in the past that just builds upon each other? Four of five of Daniel's five wins are against Washington.
A: We don't look in the past and live off the past, but any division opponent and any division game, we really get up for it and know the importance of, especially this year with our division. We were just hungry to go out there and finish the game and get a win. No matter who we were playing today, we were going to try to get the win. It's good to beat this team and to beat division opponents, but like I said, we were really just focused on the now and the game that we had today.
Q: Evan, how does the offense function without Golden [Tate] making the trip?
A: We answered the bell today. Obviously, Golden is a great talent who has made plays over and over again all year. It was unfortunate not to have him today, but Austin Mack and a lot of other guys stepped up today. We just had to answer the adversity of not having one of our play makers and go out there and compete and win the game.
Q: I don't know what your vantage point was on that last meaningful play on offense where Daniel got sacked, but it's a big play that he was able to hold on to that ball. Did you guys see it that way that you were able to punt it away and not have to deal with a turnover in that spot?
A: Turnovers are hurtful, so being able to flip the field and make their offense go down the field and for DJ to old onto the ball, that was important moment in the game.