VIDEO: Evans on Ejected Player

Shaquelle Evans talks about the hit he sustained, the ejection that came with it, and his development as a punt returner...

Shaquelle Evans on Saturday:


On the hit he got on him that drew an ejection:
Did he get ejected? He definitely should have got ejected. He had no reason to hit me really. The rule is, the targeting of a defenseless player, and with intent to injure, he looked like he was trying to hurt me. I felt like the rule works very well in that situation.

On how that changes the game for receivers:
It makes you feel a little safer because you know defenders can't take your head off and not get penalized so it makes them more cautious and makes the game safer. You don't want people out there getting their necks broken or heads, getting concussions so I'm very favorable to the rule.

On if the hit affected him later with dropping a pass in similar play:
That's just me and the mistake that I made, and I have to do a better job. I'm not going to blame it on anything because the hit didn't hurt me at all. I'm a pretty big solid guy. It didn't really hurt me so I'm not going to think about that, I just have to do a better job of catching the ball.

On if the touchdown was a nice comeback for him:
Yeah, I had to make up for it. I was like 'I can't do that again. I can't.' Luckily I came up with it.

On if the hit hurt him at all:
Not really. I just stayed on the ground to get my senses back. Just to get my breath back. Honestly I didn't feel anything from the hit. I expected it to hurt more but it didn't hurt at all.

On the comfort of being a punt returner:
I'm very comfortable with it, I had more practice at it than last year. Last year, Manfro was the main guy and he got most of the reps in practice and most of the catches in practice, but now that I'm doing it every day, and in the games, I'm very comfortable with it. I had to get back in the groove of it.


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