Tight End Evan Engram
Q: Are you hopeful about your chances of playing this Sunday?
A: I had a great week, a really good recovery. Been doing really well with our trainers, they always do a good job. This week has been really fun back out there with the guys, so it's going to come down to the rest of today, tomorrow and then it's up to (Head Coach) Joe (Judge). I feel good about it.
Q: Did you know at the time that you were probably going to miss those first two weeks? Was this the target, to get back for Week 3?
A: I was just trying to get back as quick as possible. Obviously, I didn't go on IR, so I was just doing everything I could to get better, recover and get back out on the field.
Q: How close were you in your mind last week? A: I can't really get into percentages. It was just something that we wanted to be smart with, as always. Q: Did you think there was a chance throughout the week though last week?
A: I don't know. I was just focused on getting healthy, that's pretty much it. That's all I can tell you.
Q: Last year you were able to play all 16 games, so how frustrating was it for you that you get to the beginning of this one and you weren't able to get out there?
A: It's always frustrating not to be out there fighting with my brothers, but stuff happens, it wasn't in my control. All I could control was how fast I can get back. Obviously, it sucked not being out there. It was killing me honestly, but definitely just trying to get back and get out there.
Q: Right when you got hurt, did you think it was worse than this?
A: No. Obviously, I felt something. I've had calf stuff before, so I knew it wasn't terrible, but it definitely was a 'good' injury. Like I said, we were planning on being smart with it and trying to treat it as much as possible, so when I get back there's no worries, there's no setbacks and there's no holding back from anything.
Q: That IR conversation where you can come back after three games, do you get a say in that?
A: That's a question for Joe. That's all in-house type of stuff.
Q: I was just curious whether you said, 'I think I can do it in three weeks.'
A: I was really consistent on just my recovery and saying that I can get back as fast as possible. Obviously, that stuff is not for me, but that's definitely in-house stuff.
Q: When that decision is made though – and unfortunately in your career you've had plenty of timetables that have been given to you – but when they make that decision that they're not putting you on IR they're essentially giving you a timetable where they think you'll be ready. Does that push you even further to go knowing that you can get to that point?
A: Being out there with my teammates is what pushes me. I want to play. I put a lot of work in, we put a lot of work in and injuries suck. They happen. But my focus wasn't really on that stuff. Like I said, that's all out of my control. I just was doing everything I could just to get back as quick as possible.
Q: Is it worse to be out when you're losing? Is there a feeling of like, 'If I was in there, maybe we could've won this game. Maybe I could have made the one or two plays that would've won the game.'
A: Not playing sucks and losing sucks, whether you're in the game or not. I'm a part of it, I'm part of the team. Obviously, the last two games we didn't get the results we wanted, so not playing sucks, and losing sucks.
Q: In your mind, a couple days before you got hurt, you sat out of practice in New England. Was that related to the calf?
A: It wasn't anything calf-related in New England.
Q: In your mind, what can you add to the offense?
A: Just my versatility. I've been a really versatile player throughout the years here, was a versatile player last year in the same offense. I think our tight ends have been playing great, doing their job, executing and making plays, so I just want to come in and add to that and do everything I can to put the team in position to win.
Q: What are your expectations for yourself this year production-wise?
A: I just want to win. Obviously, I have my goals, I keep that to myself. I push myself everyday to hold myself to a high standard, but I just want to do everything I can to help my team win.
Q: I think fans look at it and say you're overdue for a repeat of your first year when you were really good. You haven't been as productive since, so do you think that's the case? Are you overdue?
A: I'm not worried about anything anywhere that's outside of this building. All of the opinions that I worry about, that I care about, are in this building and my family, so I can't control all that stuff. I come here to work every single day and on Sunday I'm going to go out there and compete.
Q: In this league, it's a team game, but a lot of teams have a quarterback that goes as the team goes. When you desperately need a win like you guys need this week, do you think (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones) is capable of putting you guys on his back and just delivering?
A: I believe in DJ, we believe in DJ. We work all together. We're a family, we're brothers and everybody has a part in it. We've got do our job to put him in positions to win and to succeed, so no, it's not all on him. It's a team effort, it's an offensive effort and we've go to out there and play together. It's that simple.
Q: The teams been 0-2 every year of your career. It has to be incredibly frustrating. Why would this year be any different? You haven't made the playoffs after starting 0-2. Why is this year going to be any different?
A: We can't even really get into that. We've got the Falcons this week. We're not looking ahead or anything. We're not trying to plan wins or whatever, plan records. We're focused on this week, we're focused on the Atlanta Falcons and winning this game.
Q: Obviously, you said you seem good, but in your mind do you think you're capable of playing right now?
A: Yeah, I had a great week of practice, no setbacks, no soreness or anything, so I feel good.