One of the first moves the Eagles made during free agency was adding defensive lineman Javon Hargrave. He had his first conference call with Philly media on Monday afternoon and spoke about adjusting to a new system, joining a talented defense, and how he’s handling the offseason with a potentially shorter spring.
Here’s what Hargrave had to say:
On the Eagles system vs Steelers
He said that it’s a little different than what he’s used to from the Steelers, but he is familiar with it from his time in college.
“It’s every d-lineman’s dream to play in a system like this.”
He’s happy to show that he’s able to get off the ball quick and has a powerful bull rush. Hargrave said the strength comes from his legs, and they’ve always been strong.
The lineman doesn’t think it’s going to take long to learn the new system, he just needs to switch up his stance, but he’s eager to learn. He admitted it might take a little longer to get acclimated with COVID-19 potentially delaying spring workouts, but he doesn’t have any concerns about being ready to go once the season gets here.
Despite gyms being closed, Hargrave said he ordered a lot of gym equipment to his apartment so that he can stay in shape — and, he’s still eating healthy to keep his body on point.
On free agency
There was a few teams interested, but the Eagles were the most interested.
“I feel welcome, I felt they really wanted me and that’s a big thing for me.”
“It was an easy decision.”
He was originally hoping to return to the Steelers since they were the team that drafted him, but he wanted to go to a team that really wanted him in their program. The Eagles were the team that showed the most interest in adding him.
Later on, Hargrave said he had an idea that he could be a cap casualty for the Steelers, and that it was tough moving on mostly because of his teammates who he was really close to.
On his new teammates
He mentioned Fletcher Cox, Malik Harrison, Derek Barnett and Hassan Ridgeway — he’s ready to join a bunch of dogs ready to eat. He loves being around so many good players.
Hargrave said he’s very familiar with Jim Schwartz and how he lets his lineman put pressure on the quarterback.
He did say that with the potential of spring workouts being pushed back, it could take longer to meet all his new teammates, but those relationships aren’t formed in one day anyway. After awhile you create a bond, so he’s not really worried about it.
He’s planning to sit back and learn from the guys around him.