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, 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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