NYG Postgame (at Cincinnati Bengals) Transcripts: TE Evan Engram
November 29, 2020
Q: You've been around for a lot of these games, usually not when the quarterback gets hurt, but the way the team had to hold together and battle back in kickoff returns, punt returns, drops, your fumble after a big play - to win this game and be in first place, what does that say about this team?
A: It's a real testament to how we approach every day. Every day, especially early on in the season, wasn't easy. We had some tough loses, some close loses that in the past have really knocked us out. We didn't allow that. We just continued to work. We're playing as a team. We're playing together. It wasn't a very good-looking win today, but the team's played together, especially defense. They stayed strong and made huge plays for us.
Q: On that first deep ball, it looked like Daniel (Jones) changed the play at the line. Is that the case and what did you guys see there?
A: No. When we're going tempo, sometimes we're already set. So, it's hard to get the full call up there. We obviously have our signals and ways we get the play out and the play we're running, so I was just trying to get the play call.
Q: How nice is it for you to finally make some of these catches downfield and really use that speed to your advantage?
A: Yes, it was nice. It was really just good execution by the offense. Good protection and great ball. I've just been working those plays. They played man across the board and we have to win those matchups. I was just trying to make a play for the team.
Q: What was the mood of the team when Daniel had to leave, especially for the second time when you knew he wasn't coming back?
A: It's tough. DJ is a warrior. Seeing him go down and then trying to come back in - it's tough, that's our guy. I know Colt (McCoy) was ready and he's huge for us during the week of preparation. He's so smart and I know he helps DJ a lot and even gives us receivers a lot of details and things to help us with offense. We never blinked. We knew Colt was going to be ready. He stays ready. It hurt to see DJ go out, but we had to finish the game. Colt came in and did his job.
Q: How much did your offense change when Colt went in?
A: I think the way we were playing - obviously we were trying to score and trying to stay aggressive in the run game. With an unexpected thing like that, it goes more to a conservative side and just trying to protect the ball and move the ball efficiently. I don't think it changed that much, but just not having that full week of preparation with Colt as the guy definitely kind of changed things a little bit.
Q: We don't get to talk to you during the week most of the time - so you win this game, you have your four wins. They're against teams right now that have losing records. This is going to be considered the tough stretch on your schedule. How do you guys approach that?
A: Keep doing what we’ve been doing. We've played tough teams before. I think nothing is going to change this week. Our preparation is going to be the same. Our attention to detail is going to be the same. We have to find ways to improve after this game, too, so it's a stretch ahead of us. We have to worry about Seattle now and we're going to have a good week of preparation to go there and compete to try to win a game.