EARTH CITY MO - JULY 31: Oshiomogho Atogwe #21 of the St. Louis Rams warms up during training camp at the Russell Athletic Training Facility on July 31 2010 in Earth City Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
OJ Atogwe held a call yesterday to introduce himself to the Eagles fans and media. He said that he was clear on what his role here is going to be and that being a backup doesn't change his approach at all.
"My mindset going into camp is really the same mindset that I've always had, and that's focusing on doing the best I can do as far as learning the defense to the degree of excellence that is required, and then performing to the best of my ability. It's definitely a situation that I'm excited about because I haven't been in this position since the second year of my career. It's definitely one I look forward to because it's challenging and it will bring the best out of me. At the end of the day, whatever is to happen will be the best for the Philadelphia Eagles and that is what I am looking forward to."
While the clear message is that Atogwe is here as a backup for now... Who knows what camp and preseason will bring. Like I said before, if he outplays the young guys, I just can't see Andy Reid putting him on the bench to start the season.
Atogwe also revealed that he was secretly here two weeks ago for a private workout.
"I wouldn't say it was a long process. The Eagles made it clear that they were interested in me, and once we kind of felt each other out for a week or two, they extended an offer to come work out for them, which I was eager and excited to do. I knew, having played against them last year, the type of team I was getting myself involved with. Once we got through the workout, they liked what they saw and I liked what I saw. It just made sense."
The main thing the Eagles would have liked to see was him looking healthy. Atogwe says he's "100%"
"I just had a few knick knacks that didn't allow me to play as well as I had liked to. I'm past that now and I look forward to this next season. I feel great now and I'm at 100%, and I'm excited about going out and playing great football this next season."