Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay
Q: How excited are you to be back and practicing in the flow here?
A: Really excited. Definitely a smile on my face when I'm out there with the guys.
Q: How do you feel?
A: I feel pretty good, I feel good. Stacked two good days on top of each other, a little break tomorrow, get a little treatment done then come back Friday and put another one on top of another one.
Q: Do you think you can play on Sunday?
A: That's what I'm pushing towards right now.
Q: At what point did you start feeling like yourself again with the injury? When did you kind of feel like it was in the rearview mirror?
A: A little bit before the Bye Week and definitely during the Bye Week.
Q: Guys who have played more this year have more aches and pains, other than your knee you probably don't. Do you feel you can really hit the ground running in the second half here?
A: Definitely. That's really my main goal, is to hit the ground running. I don't want to come in the game and act like I lost step as far as playbook wise, like I'm not mentally prepared. So, even when I wasn't playing, I was making sure I was mentally prepared the entire time as if I was playing. That's really my main goal, when I do get in there it's not like a fall off.
Q: How hard was it to see all the guys go down and not being able to help?
A: It's tough. Definitely feel for those guys, even while I wasn't playing, because I know the feeling. So that's definitely tough.
Q: What do you expect your usage to be? Do you think it's going to be something where you kind of have to be eased back in?
A: I'm ready for whatever. It really doesn't matter.
Q: How much do you feel like you have to prove to them that, 'Hey guys, I deserve to play.'
Q: Coaches. Like, 'Hey I deserve a big role. I can produce for you.'
A: I'm really not trying to prove anything to the coaches. Really, I'm out here playing for my guys and these people in the locker room. Of course, I've got to show on the practice field to the coaches, but at the exact same time, I'm playing for the guys in this locker room, period.
Q: You mentioned a couple of weeks ago that you have not been in this position very often, for a winning team in the second half of the season. How does that change your attitude as far as you're coming back to a team that's 6-2 and instead of a team that's 2-6. You're playing for something here.
A: I mean, it doesn't change my attitude. At the end of the day, I'm a competitor, I'm a winner. Even if I haven't been a part of a team that's 6-2 my mindset is still a dog mentality.
Q: How about the excitement of coming back to a team that's in a playoff push.
A: That's why I said when I got on the field earlier, I've got a smile on my face. It's just a lot of energy going around this facility, period, and you can't beat that.
Q: Do you feel you also could be playing for your next contract? I know you just want to win.
A: We're not going to get into all that right now. What I'm focused on is just getting back on the field.
Q: Do you feel you can open up the offense? Do you feel like you can bring it to another level?
A: I haven't played in what, four weeks? Like I said I'm just trying to stack these days on one another. You never know when my number is really called, a deep shot down the field or a slant that can go somewhere. Whenever the ball comes to me, I've just got to make it.
Q: What do you like about this offense or how do you see yourself fitting into it?
A: I've liked the offense since the coaches first got here. I just like how they can move guys around, put them in the right positions.
Q: In your down time did you at all go back and look at film saying, 'Am I tipping something off'?
Q: How do you feel health wise compared to like early in the season?
A: I feel pretty good.
Q: Any difference?
A: I feel pretty good.
Q: When you've watched and you've seen this passing attack, what have you seen and what do you think maybe you can add to it?
A: Just another weapon.
Q: You guys have won games, but I think they want to upgrade that in the second half, what have you seen from it?
A: Just another weapon I feel like I can be for (Quarterback Daniel) Danny (Jones) (and) be for this team.
Almost impossible for KG not to exceed expectations which are only negative at this stage.
He'd have to be ridiculously bad with money to blow his tens of millions and need another career.
I'm rooting for him, but don't have a lot of optimism (and I'm normally an optimistic guy). He looked cooked before he hurt his knee.
interesting and encouraging
jvm, agree with the question and with the notion that maybe, maybe, some incentive kicks in for him somewhere here. But re. 'the overall attitude (presentation) is fine', I don't know: reading his answers in multiple Q&A pressers, to me he seems caught up in his own, alternate reality that bears no relationship to the reality of KG on and off the field, in terms of production, practicing, evincing that all-in attitude for the guys in the room that he professes to have. It's just really hard to see it.