Eagles rookie Victor “Macho” Harris was named the starter at free safety for the Eagles this afternoon. Harris beat out second year safety Quintin Demps, who made some strong remarks earlier this week concerning why he wasn’t named the starter before the preseason finale.
“It’s getting kind of irritating, man,” Demps said. “It’s too close to not have a starter already. I just feel like we should already have a starter. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s getting irritating.”
“If I had known it was going to be like this, this late, I would have probably worked extra. It’s kind of been a carousel for me, but I’m just going to go out this last game hopefully and just open some eyes and put it in cement that I’m the starter.”
“Right now, I’m the starting free safety, but there are so many games being played that it’s getting irritating,”
It might be a stretch to think that those comments would have made a major impact on new defensive coordinatoor Sean McDermott’s decision, but it’s not exactly something you like hearing out of a young guy in compeition for a job that he hasn’t earned yet. Nothing is handed to you in the NFL, I’m sure this is a lesson that Quintin learned today.
Neither Demps, Harris or newly acquired veteran Sean Jones flashed much in the preseason games. However Harris did make the most of his time on special teams kick coverage and has been noted to have had a very strong camp.
Macho was a ball hawk during his time at Virginia Tech. He split time at corner, safety and also was the Hokies main punt returner during his college career. He has always been noted for his aggresiveness and strong physical play that could quickly lead to him being a fan favorite.
Good luck to the kid because he’s replacing possibly the most beloved bird of all time, Brian Dawkins.