Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nnamdi on Asante: 'I'll Make it Mesh'

BETHLEHEM -- Nnamdi Asomugha can't practice with the Eagles yet, but he met with the media following Sunday morning's practice and spoke engagingly about the future he envisions.

Nnamdi on Asante: 'I'll Make it Mesh'

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Recently signed corner Nnamdi Asomugha told reporters that he´s "always admired" Asante Samuel. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Recently signed corner Nnamdi Asomugha told reporters that he's "always admired" Asante Samuel. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

BETHLEHEM -- Nnamdi Asomugha can't practice with the Eagles yet, but he met with the media following Sunday morning's practice and spoke engagingly about the future he envisions.

Asomugha, 30, the top free agent prize in the NFL, signed a five-year deal with the Eagles Friday, stunning the football world.

He said today he had the Eagles in mind as a prime destination from March on, but they didn't seem to be heavily invested until the last day or so before he signed. He said he was as surprised as reporters covering the team were that he ended up an Eagle.

Asomugha said the organization has "a championship feel to it."

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He acknowledged his style is more aggressive than that of the Eagles' incumbent Pro Bowl corner, Asante Samuel, but said: "It'll mesh. I'll make it mesh."

More highlights from Asomugha's lengthy first session with Philadelphia-area reporters, but first, an injury update. Before you hyperventilate, the Eagles swear up and down none of these is serious.

*Brent Celek left practice with a lower back problem.

*Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie tweaked his right Achilles. (He stayed out for the whole practice and was walking normally when he entered the locker room.)

*Dion Lewis pulled his right hamstring.

*Antonio Dixon suffered cramps.

*Juqua Parker got dehydrated.

*Darryl Tapp had cramps.

*Victor Abiamiri pulled a calf.

All are day-to-day, the Eagles said.

Now back to Nnamdi:

*He said Michael Vick made a "mini recruiting pitch" at the Pro Bowl, and DeSean Jackson texted and called him frequently about joining the Eagles. (No word on whether Nnamdi plans to text and call DeSean about Jackson joining the Eagles.)

*Asked about the Birds' flurry of moves, he said: "We might not be done yet."

*Asomugha didn't get too specific, but he did not dispute reports that other teams, such as the Jets, might have offered more money than he took to come to the Eagles. "There was money out there," he said.

*Asomugha said he wouldn't try to pry his familiar No. 21 jersey away from Joselio Hanson, He will wear No. 24. He seemed to be saying he really was attached to 21, but was willing to move on.

*Asomugha on Asante: "I've always said if there's a playmaker at the cornerback position, that's him. He really knows how to go after that ball, and I've always admired him."

Daily News Staff Writer
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