A Tale of Two Eagles Cornerbacks: ‘I’m Not Always Serious’

Darius Slay


Darius Slay plays for the Eagles in Detroit during the 2021 season.

For everyone coming to the end of the “odd couple” theme song, don’t do it. James Bradberry and Darius Slay may not be the same as advertised. No, it probably is. It’s a good thing.

Slay was in Post-practice interview enthusiastically clipped Usher’s tunes into the microphone, while Bradberry was trying to fine-tune images from his two seasons with the New York Giants. Not by performance, of course – it’s…well, complicated. “I’m here now, that’s all that matters,” Bradberry said.

Meanwhile, the two starting full-backs for the Philadelphia Eagles have the potential to become the greatest duo in franchise history. Five Pro Bowls between them, plus the respect of their peers. One problem: they didn’t prove anything as they continued to build chemistry and learn each other’s quirks.

“I think he definitely loosened up the room, but I would say, away from the camera and furniture, I’m pretty loose as well,” Bradberry told reporters. “Of course, I’m not always serious. When I’m in the boardroom, when it’s time to learn, when I’m on the field, trying to be better and what doesn’t [yes], but I can say that I’m not stressed all the time. I’m not serious all the time.”

Meanwhile, Slay would rather sit at home than have no interest in working. Is he a joker? Right. Is he not professional? Never. It’s all about achieving that balance.

“I don’t know if you all know but I’m always happy,” Slay told reporters. “You have to have fun here, man – if you take it too seriously, the game gets old too quickly, so that’s why I’ve been playing for 10 years because I love it. I love coming to work. I like to enjoy guys, hang around, if people are too serious at work, I get bored and then go home. “

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Bradberry, Slay forged that relationship

Bradberry and Slay seem like polar opposites in terms of personality wise, but their approach to the game is too similar. They are already successful professionals, locked in a movie room and unafraid to mentor their future replacements.

Bradberry said: “I would say all the DBs hang out together. “Of course, we spend a lot of time here in training camp, but we spend a lot of time in the boardroom, and we also spend a lot of time in the dressing room – and we are also in the bar. the coffee. [cafeteria] so the chemistry goes pretty well. “

Slay wanted to pick out one particular young full-back that he was working so hard on. Zech McPherson – the sophomore, fourth-round draft picker – is the man the four-time Pro Bowler saw carrying the torch.

“He was honing, working hard,” Slay said of McPhearson. “I am trying to teach him all I know because one of these days he will take my place. That’s my goal as a veteran guy. I want a younger guy to be my next or even better one.”

Dennard Wilson hails ‘Smart Player’

Eagles fullback coach Dennard Wilson has made his opinion public about Slay: he loves him, appreciating the way the veteran cornerback shows his will in the room. Great.

But Wilson still values ​​Bradberry – a player he has been trying to sign for the New York Jets in 2020 – and he would love to have both him and Slay under his tutelage in Philly.

“James is a very intelligent footballer. He’s a fast handler,” Wilson said. “He’s another guy who wants to be the best he can be. My coaching style is like this, I want you guys to be good at following me. If you don’t want to be good, it’s hard for me to play. Because I will push you. Those guys like to be motivated. They love to do the little things right. “

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