TE Evan Engram
November 12, 2020
Q: What was the feeling like when the team walked off the field in Philadelphia three weeks ago? How has the confidence maybe, or how has the team changed since then?
A: The feeling walking off after that game, that was a real tough one. Real disappointing just coming up that short and just how that game ended wasn’t a really good feeling. But I have a lot of confidence in the way we’ve bounced back since then, the way we’ve responded as a team, not just in the games but even just in practice. The preparation has been really good. I really have a lot of confidence in the way we’ve been preparing, the way we’ve responded since that game.
Q: That was the game, obviously, that you had the big drop. You came and you talked to us, you owned it, you put out publicly that you have to do better. Do you think you showed anything to your, believe it or not you’re one of the older guys now around here, do you think you showed anything to your younger teammates with the accountability you took not hiding after that?
A: That will obviously be what they see and what they find in that situation and how I responded. For me, like I said, I’m not a guy that will make excuses. I never point the finger at anybody else in that moment. That was a play I should have made. But I think a lot of young guys definitely see the way guys respond in adversity. For me, just to kind of own that and then respond in the right way with the work going forward, that was important to me.
Q: I can remember Odell (Beckham) when he was here saying ‘it’s enough with losing to the Eagles. We have to beat the Eagles.’ That was like two or three years ago and you still haven’t beaten the Eagles since. Is it time for you guys to beat the Eagles? Is it just time at this point? I don’t think you’ve ever beaten the Eagles. They’ve beaten you 12 out of 13 times. Are you guys getting frustrated with that, the guys that have been here a long time, with the way they’ve kind of bullied you guys?
A: To be real, obviously, it’s a division rival. We need to win. We’ve been on the losing end a lot of times recently. We have an opportunity to change that this Sunday. That’s what we’re really focused on. We’re definitely really motivated to be on the winning end this time.
Q: Obviously, because of there being no offseason, the weird training camp and whatnot, there was a little longer acclimation period between the players and the coaches, everybody getting to know each other. Do you feel at this point that everybody is kind of now familiar enough with each other to where on offense at least, you can take things to the next level? You’re not still trying to figure out who can do what?
A: Yeah, definitely. This whole year has been an adjustment. We’ve had to kind of adjust on the fly. But I think just throughout the season and throughout the first half of this year, we’ve definitely learned a lot and have grown a lot. We’ve seen a lot of improvement the past couple of weeks. I think we’ve just been really focused on building and finding things to improve on each week. Just trying to become a more consistent team, and obviously, spreading the ball around and allowing guys to use their talents to make plays.
Q: For you, dealing with the highs and lows, since you’ve gotten here that’s kind of been your story behind the story. You’ve learned how to go with the highs, go with the lows. For you, why are you able to do that? Or are you able to do that? From play to play, you mentioned the drop in the Eagles game, you come back, you catch a touchdown against Washington. Is there something that you’ve developed through the years you think mentally, emotionally, that allows you to be able to move past it? Or does it hang with you?
A: I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned is learning how to stay in the exact moment. There have been a lot of times where I’ve allowed a bad play to linger, and mentally it’ll mess me up. It won’t allow me to prepare for the next play and make the next play. I think my maturity and I’ve just kind of grown in this league and through the adversity and the lessons learned, I’ve learned to just kind of stay in the moment. When the mistakes do happen and the bad plays do happen, definitely you need to flush them. But when the time is right, you learn from them and you work on the things that need to be improved on that could have prevented that. The biggest thing for me is just stay in the moment, staying in that play or that exact second, where we are in the game or in the week in practice, whatever, and just kind of continue to work and be prepared for that next opportunity that I will get.
Q: When you talk about looking at what went wrong and then trying to improve it, in regards to the drops, when you look at them, is there something you see, is there something specific you’re trying to work on that you know that that’s leading to them? How do you sort of make sense of them this year?
A: Yeah, it’s the small things. Maybe not looking the ball all the way into the tuck, or keeping your shoulders square while running a go route, or shooting your hands together, don’t shoot your hands too early and continue to run through the ball. Just small, technical things that are important techniques in receiving the ball and being a receiver. Just really fundamentals. Just being able to focus on those and sharpen those things when there’s time to do that.
Q: You haven’t found a common thread though between them? Each time is kind of a different thing from what you’ve seen?