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Post-Game Transcript: TE Evan Engram

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/7/2021 7:00 pm
Tight End Evan Engram

Q: Take us through the touchdown.

A: It's a big play, a play that we worked on all week. We knew what kind of coverage and the kind of defense they were going to play and DJ (Quarterback Daniel Jones) made a perfect throw. Literally, a perfect throw and trusted me with it. I just went up and made a play for the team.

Q: So you were expecting (Raiders Safety Johnathan) Abram to be out there in that situation?

A: Yeah, that's literally who they are as a defense, their coverage in that formation. Literally, all day that's what they run. So we knew what we were going to get, we just had to go and make the play.

Q: You've had a lot of adversity as a team this week with all the positive and false positives. What does it tell you about this group that you got through that and played the way you did today?

A: Yeah, we just don't blink. We just didn't blink. We did everything we were asked. We did everything. We had to jump through all the loopholes and all that stuff, and we didn't blink. The coaches did a really good job of kind of navigating everything and allowing us to be smart and be safe but still get our work in and we just handled it the best way we could. Really, just not blinking and continuing to get the work done.

Q: (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) only got two targets, (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) got one, (Wide Receiver) (Darius) Slayton got one. Everything else went to the running backs and tight ends, did you know that was going to be a big focal point?

A: We were just ready for whatever. All those guys, obviously, I know they would love more targets, more opportunities, but they made some big plays with those opportunities that they got. At the end of the day, we never know what can happen. It could be a lot of balls to receivers, tight ends, we've just got to all be ready. I know those guys are going to continue to work and keep stepping up just as everybody else.

Q: What did it feel like for you to make that catch and hear the stadium erupt and cheer for you?

A: It was cool, yeah. It was cool. It felt good. Mainly, just really felt good just making a play for the team. We worked that play a lot this week and for it to come down and cash in, that was big. So it felt good.

Q: What did you make of the last defensive stand? As an offensive player, how stressful is that being on the sideline?

A: I don't know if there was a camera on me, but I was pretty stressed out. I had a feeling that our defense was going to step up. They've been playing lights out the past three weeks, honestly. We've been following their lead and tonight they showed up for 60 minutes. (It was) a huge task at hand with all their athletes over there and all their guys. Credit to them for this win and we were literally just trying to follow their lead and service them. They stepped up big. I was nervous. We've been in that situation a lot of times over the past couple of years, but I definitely was excited when we got that ball.

Q: Do you like getting that opportunity down the field like that? It seems to be a little different type of route.

A: Yeah, of course. Of course. Any 'opp' is big for me. Just like I said, just want to show up for the team and when those opportunities come, I want to cash in. Everybody did their job around it. The o-line protected DJ. DJ made a good throw. Everybody else ran their routes and like I said, DJ made a perfect throw. Literally, I just watched it and it was a perfect ball and I just had to bring it in. So yeah, it felt good to get that.

Q: You've been around a little bit, when a team goes into a bye off a win versus a loss, can it change a lot? Does it change your head? Does it change the headspace of the team?

A: I don't know how deep just because we won, I just know it's going to feel good. It's going to feel good and we're going to get rest. We're still going to get some work in this week and get a nice break. Any time you're going into a bye week with a win, it feels good. You're not having a bad taste in your mouth, but to still be able to see the game, watch the game and make mistakes and continue to move forward and grow as a team. Definitely, it feels good with a win going into the bye week.

Q: You talk about you feeling stressed on that last drive and when the defense is on the field. The crowd is very into it, the building is different. There was a different energy to it than a lot of the past year. Did you notice that and what does that mean?

A: I mean, there's been tough times with our fans and everything. I think just as long as we continue to put a good product on the field and defense. All the defenses that have been here throughout the years of this franchise and for our defense to show up the last home game and this game, I think they really fed off of that. Our guys are real energetic. They're getting involved when we're in big situations like that last drive. The big third downs, the crowd was into it. So it felt good to just play good football for them and dig out a big win for us and for them.

Q: How do you envision this offense with everyone getting healthier and those guys coming back – (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) and (Wide Receiver) Sterling (Shepard) getting closer?

A: There's been flashes of the offense in the previous weeks with everybody healthy – Washington, Saints, all those guys make a play. I know those guys are working to get back and we definitely are going to be explosive and try to work and continue to grow and make plays all together. I just know those guys are trying to get back as fast as possible and we'll be ready when they do.
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