Seumalo Insists He’s a ‘Really Good Player’
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Isaac Seumalo technically hasn't been benched yet.
That part of the equation will come on Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants but the struggling second-year Eagles' guard understands his job security is perilous after losing first-team reps in practive this week to veteran Chance Warmack.
"I'm preparing to play and regardless of what happens, whether I'm starting and playing or not I'm going to be a great teammate," Seumalo said on Friday. "I'm a Philadelphia Eagle first and foremost."
Doug Pederson claims he still hasn't made a decision when it comes to the changing of the (left) guard but the writing is on the wall and based on the other members of the offensive line, Warmack will be getting his opportunity.
Seumalo stayed away from reporters for most of the week in the wake of his performance in Kansas City, one in which he allowed four sacks and five pressures and his chief antagonist, Chis Jones, was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
When he did finally speak, Seumalo framed his tough week with perspective.
"I still don't have to worry about a meal, shelter over my head, clothes on my back," he said. "I always take perspective. I get to talk to my mom and dad. This is something correctable. It's not the end of my world."
Seumalo laude his veteran teammates for helping him through his struggles and also showed frustration when asked if he's ever struggled before in his rise to a third-round pick in the NFL.
"What did you ask?" Seumalo said. "Did you ask if a football player has ever struggled before?
"Bro, if you ask that to any football player, nobody's perfect, you know. But how you get back from those defeats and not playing well, that's what people will remember. I promise I'm going to get better. ...I prepare like I'm going to play and know that I'm a really good player. That's about it."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen