As the Eagles off-season program continues, the team appears to have filled most of the original secondary jobs. James Bradberry’s signing gives the team its CB2 and with just one new addition to UDFA safely – and Rodney McLeod now with the Colts – it looks like Marcus Epps will be the guy.
Several players spoke to reporters Wednesday after their workout in the gym and Avonte Maddox and TJ Edwards claimed that Epps was key.
AVONTE MADDOX: “He is a great player. Is smart. I sit next to him every day in DB’s room. We have our own little cahoot quizzes, and he and I fight each other and he always beats me by three points – but next week I got him, do not worry.
He is definitely ready to be a key player. He goes out, puts in the work, puts in the time, studies in the movie theater […] He is not afraid to come and face someone. He is definitely capable of running 40 yards to the right and 40 yards to the left to stop this fade ball or help him get out of this corner on the fade ball. ”
Epps also met with the media and acknowledged that the team’s lack of additions to this off-season position is a good sign that he will play a bigger role. The coaches have expressed confidence in safety, but Epps knows he still has to prove himself and work hard this off-season – there is a lot of time from now until Week 1. He feels he has laid a good foundation with his performance on last season and can build from it.
TJ EDWARDS: “Epps is a guy who – a great guy in the locker room. He is always joking. He really has a very good, very funny personality as soon as you meet him. But he is a guy who has always been consistent and consistent in what he does. He takes his preparation very seriously. There is not a day that he does not behave like this guy. Even last year, when it was a bit alternate, a bit not, but you knew that if he had to be the main one he would be ready. “Well, I’m very excited to have that opportunity as well.”
Despite his enthusiasm for a key role, Epps said he does not want to try to stuff anyone’s shoes or be the next Rodney McLeod.
MARCUS EPPS: “Rodney is in his own lane. “He was a great player, a great leader, a great teammate for this organization for a while, so I do not follow the approach that I have to stuff anyone’s shoes or be anyone else, I just try to be myself day in and day out.”
Maddox also talked about James Bradbury entering the Eagles corner room and how they add a great player who is smart and knows the game very well.
MADDOX“Very nice. Like I said, praise for the player and the guy, so I’m excited to work with him.”
Epps was similarly excited to work with Bradberry.
EPPS“Oh, it’s huge. Whenever we can add such a player, we will strengthen any team. He is a very good player and he has proven to be a very good player in this league for a while. Well, I’m very excited to meet him and I’m really excited to work with him. “
Maddox pointed out that the team had a pretty good draft class and brought in talented free agents this off-season, and with the growth he has seen from some of the youngsters already in the CB room, he has confidence in the side and defense. in total.
MADDOX: “We will be sovereign. That is the goal every year, going to any season from my point of view “.