Not long after the Eagles used their No, 37 draft pick on Landon Dickerson out of Alabama, the center/guard spoke to reporters and was understandably peppered with questions about his injury history.
“I’m gonna give everything I got to the city of Philly and my team, and I’m just gonna work everyday. That’s my goal.”
Dickerson said he is taking things day-by-day, and later said his recovery is right where he wants it to be, and he’s hoping to be at practice by the start of the 2021 season. He noted that he wasn’t concerned with durability, and doesn’t anticipate any cumulative effects from the injuries, “What’s in the past, is in the past”.
The center talked about his versatility playing all five positions along the offensive line and that he’ll play wherever best serves the team. When asked what he liked about each position he’s played, the incoming rookie said that being put in that position meant the team needed him there, and that’s what mattered most. Dickerson also mentioned that he wants to help the team however he can even until he’s able to join them on the field, and when he is able to get into the lineup, he’ll play wherever he’s told.
Dickerson had a couple of conversations and meetings with the Eagles leading up to the draft, including good meetings with coach Jeff Stoutland, noting the OL coach has an Alabama background.
On having the opportunity to play and learn from Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks:
“Its a tremendous opportunity. Both of them are extremely talented players, extremely experienced, and I’m really looking forward to being able to talk with them and, one, learn from them about what the NFL will be like for me, and also learn more about offensive line play. Two amazing players, and I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to be able to learn from these guys.”
When asked about his leadership style, he said that it’s just him having love for his teammates.
“I care for every single guy I play with. I love being a part of team, especially a football team. Everybody at this level has a mindset that, not only do they want to be the best athlete, player they can be, but we also want to create the best team, a winning team. And, so that’s the biggest thing, I just care for my teammates. I love each and every one of them because we’re a select group of guys who come to work everyday knowing we want to get better.”