Landon Dickerson is different. He’s only been an Eagle for a week and a half, but that much is clear.
Dickerson, the second-round pick from Alabama, shared his philosophy of football on Wednesday, and if it doesn’t get you fired up for football season, nothing will.
“The way I view football is my mindset is no matter what the score is, I’ve always wanted to make the other team quit,” he said.
“And that’s really the same kind of mindset I want to bring here. It’s just relentless on and off the field and in everything you do, and I think it’s not only a great mindset for games but anything you do in life.
“It’s kind of like anything worth doing is worth overdoing and that’s just really how I feel. It brought us success at Alabama and I feel like the same mindset could bring us success here.”
Everybody from Howie Roseman to Nick Sirianni to former Crimson Tide teammate DeVonta Smith has spoken highly of Dickerson’s character and leadership and just how much his presence both on and off the field meant to one of the top programs in the country.
It only takes a few minutes chatting with Dickerson to see why.
“It really comes down to who I want to be as a person,” he said. “I want to be somebody guys can lean on, guys respect me, guys trust me. I’m going to do what’s best for them, what’s best for the team. That’s the personality I have and that’s how people thought of me at Alabama. … I love each and every one of the guys I played with and I just want what’s best for them and best for the team.”
Of course none of this will matter if Dickerson can’t play, and his injury history has been well documented.
He finished only one of five college seasons and had two ankle surgeries and two torn ACLs before his 23rd birthday.
The most recent injury was a torn ACL in December, and it’s not clear what Dickerson — if anything — will be able to do at this week’s rookie minicamp.
We’ll know more on Friday once practice opens briefly to the media.
“We still have to go through a plan, evaluate where I’m at and meet with the coaches and athletic trainers and strength coaches and I’m sure they have a plan and obviously it will change depending on where I’m at,” he said. “But I’m not sure what they expect of me or what I’m going to be doing this weekend.”
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