Newly signed Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell has a tough challenge ahead of him for now and years to come. The $63 million man will inevitably be tasked with guarding some of the premiere wide receivers in the NFC East six times a season.
The names are well known: DeSean Jackson, Dez Bryant, and Odell Beckham Jr. These three wide receivers did a lot of damage to the Eagles' lackluster secondary in 2014. Philadelphia is counting on their new corner to do much better. Meeting with the Philadelphia media for the first time on Wednesday, the 27-year-old Maxwell said he's up for the challenge.
Maxwell on having to cover Dez, DeSean and Beckham..."I like my chances" #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) March 11, 2015
Maxwell doesn't lack confidence, but his opposition is tough. In 2014, all Eagles defensive backs were targeted 56 times and allowed 33 receptions for 613 yards and five touchdowns against this NFC East wide receiver trio. Maxwell also faced all of the NFC East receivers in 2014 (each just one, obviously unlike the Eagles) and fared pretty well. He was targeted only five times and allowed two receptions for 68 yards and no touchdowns.
Maxwell obviously won't have the kind of talent around him he does in Seattle. But he does think he fits in the Philadelphia defense just fine.
Maxwell: I don't think there will be much difference doing my job here vs. in Seattle ... I'll still be playing the same technique.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) March 11, 2015
More from Maxwell's intro presser below.
Why he signed with the Eagles
Byron Maxwell: Environment is similar to where I'm coming from. Perfect fit. just meshed— Michael Barkann (@MBarkannCSN) March 11, 2015
Byron Maxwell: They talk about greatness and how you define greatness is within yourself and creating daily habits.— Michael Barkann (@MBarkannCSN) March 11, 2015
Maxwell: I talked with Chris Maragos, he told me what to expect from a daily routine— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) March 11, 2015
Maxwell: Talked with Seattle but I'm happy with my decision to be here.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) March 11, 2015
Byron Maxwell: just his attitude and how he approaches the game. it's his life and it's my life - on chip— Michael Barkann (@MBarkannCSN) March 11, 2015
Maxwell says Chip is willing to make moves, take risks to win— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 11, 2015
Byron Maxwell: I definitely saw myself as a starter. I just knew what I had to work on and knew over time it was going to come out— Michael Barkann (@MBarkannCSN) March 11, 2015