Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard
Q: Are you feeling better?
A: Yeah, I'm feeling a lot better, just listening to the trainers. Doing whatever they're telling me to do.
Q: What happened at the end of last week?
A: Running a route, routes on air, I kind of just tweaked it again. Wasn't too bad, but it was enough.
Q: Did you know in that pregame workout? It was really short, so did you know right away that it just wasn't going to be?
A: Yeah, I ran the first couple of routes pretty good. Then, kind of got fatigue on me pretty quick and I knew right then that if I wasn't going to be able to go full 100 percent, that there was no point of me being out there. We've got guys that can go. (Wide Receiver) Dante (Pettis) did a great job in the game and I knew that he would go out there and do his thing. That was a decision that I made.
Q: Was that the same hamstring as before?
Q: So, it was the other one?
A: Yeah, it was my other one. I tweaked it, yeah.
Q: How do you feel your chances are for Monday night? You were dancing out here and it looked like you were in a good mood. How do you feel about your chances for Monday since you have an extra day?
A: I'm always in a good mood. Just listening to the trainers. Whatever they have me doing in the training room, I'm trying to stick to that. Like I said, I'm feeling good. I hope it's a go.
Q: When you're going up against a team like the Chiefs with an offense like that, do you take any more responsibility on your offense to keep them off the field?
A: Yeah, for sure. They're explosive. They're going to put up points. We've got to do a good job of helping the defense out. It's complementary football is what we ultimately want to play. That's what we try to do every week.
Q: What did you think of (Quarterback) Daniel's (Jones) catch?
A: It was nasty. Did you see me on the sideline hopping around?
Q: Did you want to throw that?
A: Heck yeah, I wanted to throw it. That was supposed to be me throwing it, but Dante laid it up nice (laughs). DJ almost got it.
Q: Did you actually throw some in practice?
A: Yeah, I threw some in practice, but wasn't too hot (laughs). I'm not going to lie, it wasn't too hot.
Q: Is that why they didn't choose you?
A: No, I've got an arm – I think it's just my gloves are a little bit slippery or something (laughs).
Q: The four of you guys that missed this game, what has been the collective mood of you guys wanting to get back out there to help this team?
A: Everyone is super anxious to get back out there. This is what we love to do – go out there and perform on Sunday's. Not being able to do that, it stinks. Everybody is doing what they have to do, listening to the trainers. Guys are eager, but you've got to listen to your body at the same time. It's hard.
Q: How confident are you that some of the other guys can get back this week also? You're pretty confident in yourself, right?
A: Yeah, I'm super confident. Yeah, I don't really know the status of those guys, so I really can't answer for them, but I can answer for myself. I've been feeling great lately. I'm hoping, like I said, it's a go.
Q: Do you think Daniel showed something last week and how much coaching staff put on his plate and how much versatility he showed, running the option, running out as a receiver? Is that another step in his growth?
A: Yeah, I think he's been showing that all season. He's been playing great. We've got to do our part and help him out. We've got to protect, we've got to catch, we've got to get open. You give him time and run the right route and get open, he's going to carve defenses up. I've been proud of the way he's been progressing. He's been looking great.
Q: This is a national game so it's a bigger audience of people getting to see him. You know he's legit, but are you getting the sense that people outside the region that don't see him regularly are realizing that?
A: I mean, all you've got to do is put on the tape. It's really not that hard. The man works his tail off and it shows up on Sundays. I've got total faith in him and his ability and I think others should as well. Like you said, it's a big stage, we're not trying to put too much weight on that. It is a big stage and he's going to do his thing. We've been preparing. We prepared a great job today and we've got to continue that throughout the rest of the week.