You (eventually) know what it feels like to be the goat, and you know what it feels like to be the hero,” Toomer said. And if you can kinda bounce between those two and just make sure you’re the hero more times than you’re the goat, it becomes a comfortable place, because you just get used to it. But if you’re not used to it and then all of a sudden the ball comes and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, this is for the game’ … You’ve got to find some relaxation when the ball is in the air.
Whenever Rodney McLeod has been asked about shouldering more responsibility as a leader and as a moving chess piece on defense this season, the safety has pointed out that he was already doing both prior to Malcolm Jenkins' departure. But Jenkins cast a large shadow in the Eagles' defensive backfield. McLeod was as much a part of the teams that won a Super Bowl and made the playoffs three straight seasons, his subdued personality likely one reason he wasn't as recognized.
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge offered a brief update on rookie safety Xavier McKinney (foot) and when he might return to the field.