Quintin Mikell is the longest-tenured member of the Eagles defense.
“It’s not like one guy just leading everything,” the Eagles starting strong safety said following practice at Lehigh. “It’s just everybody as a group leading together and it’s a good feeling man.”
You would think that the Eagles most-tenured defensive player would be eager to take some leadership credit but a guy like Mikell learned from one of the best team players -- Brian Dawkins. So Q isn’t about to make it about anything but team.
“It’s a good group of guys… we’re just out there having fun together.”
The 5-foot-10, 203-pounder did allow himself a moment to share his plans for Wednesday after training camp ends.
“I’m gonna go home and see my kids,” he said with a big smile. “Just sit on the coach -- if I can for a couple minutes -- and, you know, chill out.
The relaxation won’t last long. The Eagles have a big test Friday night when they visit the NFC North-champion Bengals in Cincinnati in preseason action.
So will Q be looking to lay some big hits on Bengals’ wide receiver (and former Eagles lightning rod) Terrell Owens?
Per normal, the eight-year pro quickly made it about us not me.
“Well that’s always our defense’s goal,” Mikell said with a laugh. “We gotta go out there make some plays on the ball -- make some big hits. That’s always the goal.”
Birds fans likely won’t mind if that goal includes T.O. get his. Now let’s see if that happens.