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Transcript: Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/22/2021 2:45 pm
Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay

Q: It seemed like you had a little bit of instant chemistry with (Quarterback) Jake (Fromm) at the end of the game there. Did you feel that?

A: He really just came in and made the most of an opportunity. Things weren't going well, so I think he kind of just went in there fearless really and kind of, 'let me sling it around a little bit.' He did a hell of a job.

Q: Do you think he gave the offense a little bit of a shot in the arm?

A: Like I said, Jake came in and did well. I got some reps in with him today. It was nice to see that when his number was called, he came in and made some plays.

Q: No matter who's at quarterback, what do you guys need to do to just move the ball better?

A: I think we've got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. I don't remember how many times we went three-and-out – I don't think we went three-and-out. We had some good drives, but we need to find a way to put it in the end zone.

Q: Would you like to see Jake start?

A: I haven't worked too much with Jake. At this point, it could be Jake or (Quarterback) Mike (Glennon). I don't really know. I'm not really saying who I'd like to start. It really doesn't matter to me.

Q: What does he do well? Does he have a confidence or what?

A: I will say when he came in the huddle, he definitely controlled the huddle well. I wasn't surprised, I took reps with him in practice before. It was good to see what he showed on the practice field translate to the game.

Q: Those were his first NFL snaps. Was it cool seeing him be willing to come out and take some shots to you down the field?

A: That's great to see. I didn't know that was his first NFL snap. That's great. He should definitely be excited about that. I'm happy for him.

Q: Did Dallas defend you guys any differently? It was sort of a two-minute situation where they were up two scores or was that the defense they were playing throughout the game on that drive?

A: I mean, of course you're going to play a little more zone, so they were kind of off a little bit. They kind of switched it up, but of course with a game like that, of course they're going to switch it up.

Q: Have you talked to (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard) Shep and what was his message? What was your message? Anything you can share since he got hurt?

A: Me and his conversation, that's pretty much confidential. But I definitely hit him up and just told him how much I appreciate him. I know how much work he put in this offseason. I know how much work he put in to try to get back to play for this team. I know how much he did for this organization since he's been here and to see him go out like that with only like a minute-and-something left in that game, it's tough. I was definitely sad for him. But yeah, me and him talked a little bit.

Q: Did you watch the Eagles game last night?

A: No.

Q: I don't expect you to have an answer for this, but why do you think so many of the skill players have dealt with injuries this year? You guys sit around and talk. What's your theory?

A: I don't have an answer. It's crazy. I don't know. I think almost everybody on our team as far as skill player-wise has dealt with something. From the tight end to the running back room, receivers, quarterback, O-line. It's crazy.

Q: Does it make you think 'What if all these guys were healthy'?

A: I mean, you know there's always that, 'what if,' but there's nothing you can really do about it.

Q: Big-picture, what makes a good offense? Obviously, scoring touchdowns and scoring points, but what is missing right now just big-picture in your offense needs to be here next year?

A: I think when everyone's on the same page, the chemistry has to be there and then going out there and executing the plays. That's what makes a good offense. You see some of these teams that are scoring a lot of points or just offenses that are producing week in and week out. Health. Health-wise, there are not a lot of injuries to that team. A lot of ball together. Of course, just the plays and going out there and executing them.

Q: This was your first year playing with (Wide Receiver) Darius Slayton. His first two years were remarkably consistent. His numbers aren't quite there yet this year, but nobody's are. Yours aren't where they usually are, (Running Back) Saquon's (Barkley) aren't. What is your takeaway from Darius? What did you learn about him this year? What kind of player is he? What's his future and that kind of thing?

A: I've kind of seen – before I got here – Slayton from afar. I want to say they came to Detroit one year and I think he scored two touchdowns or something.

Q: He jumped over (Eagles Cornerback) Darius Slay.

A: I've liked Slay. I played with one of his teammates, (Former Auburn Running Back) Kerryon Johnson, and Kerryon spoke very high of him. When I practice with him, I see it. It's just been a rough year for everybody, like you said, all around the board. That's pretty much all I have to say. I like Slay, I like his game.

Q: We obviously asked you about Jake and you talked about the confidence in the huddle and the command, that fearlessness. There are a lot of guys who step on the field in the NFL and that doesn't necessarily mean results. Do you have a theory as to why sometimes guys are just that confident, that that confidence kind of becomes something more?

A: I feel like it's just one of those things you've just got to have. I also think there was no reason for him to go in there playing timid. It was under two minutes, there's nothing you could really do that's going to make or break the game right now. Not taking nothing away from him at all. He still came in there and controlled the huddle, like I said, threw the ball around, but just going in there and not thinking, 'I don't want to mess up,' I think that's the first step, 'I don't want to mess up.' With him going in there like, 'Hey, let me go out there and try to prove myself,' that was great to see. I think that's kind of what he did.
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