Demps Says He's Ready

Your Eagletarian got a chance to catch up with Quintin Demps today, our first time talking to Demps since Andy Reid announced the 2008 rookie would have dibs on attempting to replace free safety Brian Dawkins in the Birds' defensive backfield.

As anybody who knows Demps might expect, he is not hiding from the challengeDemps and another confident youngster, DeSean Jackson.

“I knew it was coming sooner or later; I didn’t think it would be this soon,” Demps said, when asked about becoming a starter, on paper, at least. “I know I’m (capable of being) a starter in this league. I’m not looking at it like I’m following him. I’m looking at it like I’m starting my own thing. I’m ready to go. I’m excited.”

Asked about comparisons, he said: “I know it’s coming, just like everybody knows it’s coming. It is what it is. Whoever it was that was going to be behind him, they’re going to compare ‘em. I’m going to be Quintin Demps, and let him be Brian Dawkins … I didn’t make it this far not having thick skin.”

On Monday, Demps and the 2008 rookies, who have been working out the past few weeks, will be joined at NovaCare by most of their veteran teammates, for the start of the annual offseason conditioning program. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is not expected to be a regular participant; he has his own workout regimen in Arizona. Most years, McNabb spends the entire spring at NovaCare only when he is rehabbing an injury.

Also Monday, the Eagles are scheduled to bring in Alabama safety Rashad Johnson for a visit, according to

For more on Demps, pick up Monday's Daily News.