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 challenge.
“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.”