WR Sterling Shepard
November 30, 2020
Q: How much work have you had with Colt McCoy if you have to go into Sunday’s game with him as your starting quarterback?
A: We’ve gotten a lot of work done in practice and after practice as well. I’ve been with him since camp. Then obviously, we went to work a little bit in the offseason as well. I’ve got a lot of work with him and have a lot of confidence in him.
Q: It seemed like you guys had pretty good timing there on the route where you fell and kind of turned around and the ball was right there. Is that promising to you if that’s the direction that things have to go?
A: Yeah like I said, I have a lot of confidence in Colt. He’s a veteran guy. He’s been in games, he’s played this game for a long time. Like I said, my confidence is through the roof with him.
Q: What’s it like sitting there at 4-7 and being in first place, at least for the moment?
A: It’s pretty wild. It started off kind of shaky at the beginning of the season, but I feel like the identity of the team is really coming to light. We just have to keep doing our part, and that’s coming to work every day with the right mindset and trying to get better every week.
Q: Being a receiver, making a living with your legs certainly, hands and legs. What advice would you give to Daniel? He’s going to try to gut through this. Joe Judge keeps saying what a tough dude he is, hamstring, having a chance to maybe reinjure that, those kinds of things. A guy who likes to run. You’ve had to deal with these kinds of things. What advice have you given him about protecting himself and maybe not coming back too soon?
A: He has to listen to his body. I think that’s what it all comes down to. This is football. This is a physical sport. You have to be able to make sure you’re ready to endure those hits and ready to run away from people if you have to. It all comes down to how he feels and whenever he feels like he’s ready.
Q: Obviously, you guys have won three in a row but the competition steps up here with Seattle and the games after Seattle. Are you interested to see if you guys are really ready to take on the top level of competition? How confident do you feel that you are? Because it’s a step up from Washington, Philly and Cincy now.
A: I don’t really care who we’re playing. I’m confident in our abilities and what we can do. We’re going to attack the week just like we attack every week, and that’s what it is.
Q: I can’t be the only one curious. Who made the wall behind you there? What jerseys are those?
A: I got Michael Thomas, Dede Westbrook, Jared Goff, Trent Williams. I got a whole bunch. Eli Manning.
Q: What do you lose if Daniel isn’t able to play and you have to make that switch to Colt? How much maybe would you think the offense would change?
A: I think the only thing you lose is Daniel is the one that was taking all of the first team reps. He’s really familiar with the guys, but that’s something that Colt really paid attention to. He prepared like he was the number one every week. He’s going to step in, he’s going to do his thing, and that’s what world we’re living in right now. I feel like he’ll execute, step up and make plays.