The Eagles recently signed former Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo to a one-year deal, and he spoke to the media for the first time on Thursday afternoon about deciding to join the Philadelphia roster and a bit about that unpleasant (for him) NFC title game.
On his style of play
The called opened with Mike Kaye of NJ.com asking what the safety loved about the physicality of the game. Sendejo wasn’t quite sure how to answer, but said, “I just feel like it’s a part of the game,” and noted that he’s a physical player but that’s all part of playing defense.
On his choosing to play for the Eagles
He said one of the things that appealed to him about coming to Philadelphia was that, “This organization knows how to win”.
Sendejo talked about how even the past two years, the team has gone through a ton of adversity and still found ways to pull it together and win ball games. He said it’s great to come to a place with a winning mentality.
On the NFC title game and memories as an opponent
He was asked what stood out about the offense when the Vikings played the Eagles in the 2017 postseason, and Sendejo stated, “They were scoring a lot of points against us when I was with Minnesota,” and said they were obviously a really good team that year and went on to win the Super Bowl.
The safety was also asked about the LeGarrette Blount play that has been replayed over and over in Philly since, and how it felt.
“Did you watch the play? Then you know exactly what it felt like.”
He also said that being an opponent coming to Philadelphia was always tough, but he’s excited to be on the side of the good guys this time, and joked that it’ll be nice to have the fans cheering for him instead of hurling insults.
On his role
He was asked twice about whether he’d spoken to the coaches about his role in the defense or what he was expecting, and he said that he had not and that they hadn’t said anything to him about that yet.
Sendejo was also asked if he was willing to take a step back from the starting lineup with guys like Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod on the roster. He said he’s not going to make decisions about the depth chart, and that he’s just here to help the team win — but said they could probably call Coach Pederson for an answer on that.
He emphasized he’s happy to be here and just wants to get to know his teammates and start helping any way he can. Which includes special teams, where he said he was a “demon” his first five years in the league before earning starting snaps on defense.