It's the middle of August and real football is still a couple of weeks away but that doesn't mean there can't be some lukewarm trash talk between division rivals already.
I am here for it.
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Lane Johnson opened his mouth on Wednesday and tossed some shade at the Washington Redskins, who the Birds will face in their Week 1 season opener on September 10.
But this is August and NFL players are bored, so of course somebody on the Redskins was going to fire back.
Enter Zach Brown who, after a quick Googling, is not a member of a country music band but is rather a linebacker for the Washington football team. He was apparently a Pro Bowler last season for the Buffalo Bills and should be a pretty solid addition to the Redskins defense.
They are some new boys in town and we don't need PEDs to win... but just for u, 53 will be seeing you!— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) August 23, 2017
It's unclear if the "they" he is speaking of is the Eagles or the Redskins. I kind of think he meant the Redskins but again, unclear.
But the PED reference is clearly directed at Johnson and the 10-game suspension he served last season for violating league policy. It's low hanging fruit but it certainly works.
Johnson's comments were a bit curious after he claimed earlier this summer he wanted to do less talking and show it more with action on the field. Regardless of that, he's the type of guy you'd expect to back it up (as long as he's on the field).
Non-preseason can't come soon enough.
CSN Mid Atlantic spoke to Brown about the Johnson comments:
Just to hear somebody say that about our organization is insulting. So for me I was like, man, let me just say something back to him real quick to let him know this is a new atmosphere, a new team, a new drive. Everybody here is playing to the last second no matter what it is. We have one goal in mind, to win every game.
That's the thing, he's guaranteeing that win. So when that game comes, when that opening game comes, we will see what happens," Brown said. "I'm playing to win that game too. So is 10 other guys with me on my defense. Everybody, we're playing to win. That's all I got to say.