Haason Reddick discusses new DE/OLB room for Eagles defense
The Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason program is in full swing, and a handful of players took the time to speak with the media about their offseason training, their thoughts on some of the incoming rookies and what their roles might be. in 2022. We heard from Javon Hargrave, Miles Sanders, Haason Reddick, Dallas Goedert, Jordan Mailata and Anthony Harris on Wednesday.
Here’s some of what the guys had to say:
The DT was asked about the addition of first draft pick Jordan Davis. Hargrave noted that they haven’t seen him on the pitch yet, but he’s another part of the defense and makes the group even deeper. The coaches haven’t spoken about what the addition of Davis might mean for Hargrave’s nose snaps, but he’s happy to play anywhere down the line.
As for being a contract year for the Hargrave, Hargrave said he loves Philadelphia and he loves playing here, and everything else will work out. He noted that he’s approaching every year as a contract year, so there’s no more stress heading into the 2022 season.
The running back said he didn’t approach his off-season training differently with his injury history. Sanders pointed out that his production last season was far from what he wanted it to be and that he was not as available as he would have liked. As a leader in the runners hall, he has to set and maintain a high standard – which is to be healthy and to be able to produce.
Sanders said he’s not going into the season thinking it’s his last under contract, he’s going to let his game do the talking and whatever happens will happen. He then pointed out that he doesn’t think about the contract as much as people might think.
“I’m focused on the season, I’m not going to talk about contract extensions.”
“Everything looks good.”
Reddick is excited to be in the building with the guys and getting to know his new teammates. As for who he’s been hanging out with, he mentioned Shaun Bradley – someone he knows as a Temple elder – Brandon Graham, and on offense he talks to Jalen Hurts every other day and Miles Sanders also a lot.
There’s been a lot of speculation about what position Reddick will play for the Eagles, and he’s not giving any hints – even echoing Nick Sirianni last week, who said we’ll all find out in Week 1. Reddick mentioned that he was working with Eagles director of player personnel/senior defensive assistant Jeremiah Washburn in a newly formed DE/OLB room. The Eagles defense is now split into three groups with the new DE/OLB room expanding over the old DL and LB rooms.
Reddick talked about Washburn and how he’s always prepared and loves to teach. He also had kind words for Jonathan Gannon when asked about the defensive coordinator.
“Good guy. I love him. He’s a young, young, full of energy, smart and I’m happy to be here in his defence. I feel like I’m doing really well. Now it’s It’s up to me to go out and use my talents and do what I do.
Asked about his advice for new players coming to Philadelphia, Reddick admits it’s a unique place, but while the fans love you when you’re good and let you know when you’re not, that’s something that he really lived with most teams. throughout his career.
The tight end said he’s really excited to add AJ Brown to the offensive line. He’s a great physical receiver, and Goedert admits he’s excited to see what he can do on the pitch with the ball in his hand. Goedert isn’t too worried about what adding Brown will mean for his targets, collectively they just want to win games and do whatever it takes to improve.
He also talked about being thrilled that JJ Arcega-Whiteside is going from wide receiver to tight end, and noted that the two have already worked together quite a bit. Goedert is excited to see how JJAW is embracing his new role and is already seeing the benefits of having a new guy in meetings. Goedert expects learning the running game to be probably the biggest adjustment for JJAW, but the passing game should be fairly easy.
Mailata said Andre Dillard’s new physique is “amazing” and he’s “skinny as hell” returning for the offseason schedule. He joked that he didn’t know what Dillard had been up to for the past few months, but noted that in the past three weeks they were together, Dillard had worked hard and focused on identifying its weaknesses and the resolution of these areas.
He also spoke a bit about his relationship with Landon Dickerson on and off the pitch – a duo Howie Roseman has compared to Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks. Mailata admits he and Dickerson have a bit of a bromance, and he’s also happy with how their friendship is translating on the pitch.
“Our synergy is very high right now.”
Security was asked why he chose to come back for another year.
“For me, just take a look at all the pieces here. A lot of talent. Being in the locker room, seeing the personalities, the players all build that relationship – not just with the players, but with the staff. Being in the city and the stadium, just the environment, how competitive it is. Everyone is just focused and wants to win, and the passion that not only the players, but also the staff and the city share, is something I want to continue to be a part of.