The Eagles are convinced of Gardner Johnson’s fit on and off the field

During his three seasons in the NFL, Chauncey Gardner Johnson gained a good reputation thanks to his play.

And strange.

Sometimes, Gardner Johnson is considered a pest, a provocateur. He once paid Javon Wims to punch him during a game, there is a viral clip of him speaking a punch in the face of Tom Brady and one of his most famous images is of Gardner-Johnson trampling the Falcons logo in Atlanta.

“I think he’s one of those guys… you might not like playing against him, but you’re really happy he’s on your team,” said coach Nick Siriani.

The Eagles on Tuesday pulled a big deal to acquire 24-year-old Gardner-Johnson of New Orleans to prop up a safe place that desperately needs some help. The Eagles have made the trade to add talent to their roster, but Mr. Competitive Sirianni also doesn’t care to talk about a bit of trash.

“That petty talk, I know he got a rap for it, but that’s part of his competitive edge,” Siriani said. “And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit trashy and didn’t when I played or whatever and like and did it practically to raise the level of the competition, I think that’s all part of it.”

As General Manager Howie Roseman pointed out, Sirianni allows his players to show off their personalities.

So the Eagles aren’t worried about how they put Gardner Johnson in the locker room.

But what about the field?

While Gardner-Johnson played some safety at the University of Florida—Rosman was quick to point this out—the majority of his NFL shots came in a nickel corner stand. But the Eagles claim he’s safe and expect him to start in that position next to Marcus Epps.

Earlier this month, when Team Birds trained Josiah Scott (angle nickel) into a safe position, Eagles defense coordinator Jonathan Gannon said the nickel is an “inverted situation” with safety in some aspects. So it’s not entirely unusual for Gardner-Johnson to change positions at Philly.

“There are a few different things we can do where they are interchangeable,” Siriani explained. “Obviously, when you ask them to play the deep third and when you ask them to play in the penalty area and when you ask them to play the deep third. So, there are some interchangeable parts and some appearances that we show as a defense that makes us versatile.

“When you give an answer to offense now, like if the crime knows what you’re into and what you’re doing, it’s easier for them to distinguish you from you when they know exactly what to do than cover up. A lot of it comes from camouflage, too, which is what I get, camouflaging the way in which you try to show one image of the attack and play another. That’s where a lot of these pieces can be replaced. But like I said, these guys worked their butts to fit both roles, and we’re going to do that with a lot of our guys out there in the back end.”

Rosman even talked about the varied role Malcolm Jenkins played with the Eagles under then-defense coordinator Jim Schwartz. We know Gannon values ​​diversity, and Gardner-Johnson provides that.

He is just a good player. During his three-year career, Gardner-Johnson had 5 interceptions, 161 tackles, 3 sacks, 15 TFLs, 12 QBs, and 28 assists. He is a game maker.

Even more than Gardner Johnson’s trash-talking character, that’s what the Eagles coach had in mind on Tuesday.

“Dangerous. Siriani repeated.” “You have to be careful with him, and throw the ball at him. He’s just been around the ball a ton in his career and playing.”

While Sirianni gave an in-depth answer about how the nickel and safety posture might mirror each other, he didn’t want to go into details of how the Eagles specifically used Gardner-Johnson in Gannon’s defense.

He wants to spot lions on 9/11 in Detroit.

“The fact that he didn’t have any footage here with us is unknown to Detroit, so we’ll keep it that way,” Siriani said. “But when we get good players here, our job is to find ways to use them.”

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