Now, that O’Leary-like doubt could creep back into his world. Griffin reminds everyone that his edge has been meticulously building from age four to 22. That his father, Terry, never treated him like he had one hand. No, it’d get ridiculous with Dad starting at 150 pushups per night and adding 25 reps each week.
Be it sets of 20, 10 or five, both twins had no choice but to hit whatever magic number Dad picked. And if they dozed off for some reason, Dad woke them up.
Shaquill scowls, repeats that he’s king, and in his defense, how in the hell could Griffin ever win a game of one-on-one? Seriously. All defenders are taught to force players to dribble with their weak hand. For most, their left hand. Politely remind Griffin that he, uh, doesn’t have a left hand, and he doesn’t back down. He insists he still finds ways to create space.
The matchup pits the past two NFC champions and is a rematch of last season’s tight divisional playoff round tilt, which the Eagles won 15-10
In the postseason victory, quarterback Nick Foles threw for 246 yards on 23 of 30 passing, leading one touchdown score and three field-goal drives, as the Eagles’ defense stymied Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense in Philly.
The kickoff rematch could have a different signal-caller under center for the Eagles. 2017 MVP candidate Carson Wentz hopes to be ready for Week 1 after suffering an ACL and LCL tear in mid-December that sidelined him for Philadelphia’s Super Bowl run. Wentz has begun the running portion of his rehab and could sit out the preseason if he’s not ready to return. Might Week 1 be the first time we see Wentz back under center for the Eagles versus Dan Quinn’s fast Falcons defense?