TO THE MAX: HOW THE EAGLES’ BIG BUCKS CB WILL DEFEND JULIO JONES

By Peter Gleason

With the exception of quarterback Sam Bradford, no Eagle is under more scrutiny than cornerback Byron Maxwell, whom the Birds signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Many in the lame-ass local media contend that Max was just the beneficiary of the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary, and that he will be shown up as a bust come Monday night in Atlanta.

I disagree, and thanks to NJ.com, we have Max’s views on how to defend the Falcons’ great receiver Julio Jones:

Julio Jones is such a big and physical receiver, when you watch him on tape what separates him? What would you say are his best attributes?

Byron Maxwell: “He’s a big, Physical receiver. He can run after the catch. He’s really like a running back. He has running back moves. He’s physical and strong, which helps him break tackles. Besides him being athletic and just faster than everyone else … He can run after the catch, too.”

Have you played against him at all in your career?

Byron Maxwell: “This is really my first time matched up against him. I played against him in college, but that’s not the same guy. He was a college freshman back then.”

When you look at the tape, how do you limit a guy like him?

Byron Maxwell: “We’ll have a better answer for that after Monday Night. We have to let it play out.”

Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis has talked about matching you up one-on-one against the top opposing wide receivers and moving you around. Is there something extra for you when you line up against a guy like Julio Jones, or Dez Bryant or Odell Beckham Jr.?

Byron Maxwell: “I’m not sure if they’re going to match up … I think we’re going to stay left side and right side. I get up for everybody. A chance to get out there and play ball on a Sunday or a Monday night … Things that I’ve wanted to do since I was growing up … Every week is championship week for me. It’s not because we’re playing Julio Jones or anyone like that. I’m even keeled, always.”

 

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