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Darius Slay reveals how he was able to shut down Justin Jefferson, says ‘sky’s the limit’ for Eagles WR group

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Darius Slay started the 2022 NFL season strongly, playing at the All-Pro level in three games, with the Philadelphia Eagles going 3-0 and the only undefeated team in the league. Being the last team undefeated has its merits, even as Philadelphia garnered league attention with a dominant win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in Week 2.

Slay was the star of the dominant defensive effort in this landslide victory. Eight times as the primary defensive back, Slay allowed just two catches for 19 yards and ended the win with two decisive interceptions in Kirk Cousins’ red zone. Cousins ​​had a 0.0 passer rating aimed at Slay.

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Justin Jefferson only had six catches for 48 yards on the night and only had one catch when Slay covered him. In fact, both of Cousins’ interceptions in the red were the result of Slay covering the star wide.

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On the “All Things Covered” podcast with Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson (who plays for the Vikings) this week, Slay told the cornerback duo how he managed to shut down Jefferson—something the NFL quarterbacks couldn’t do. since Jefferson joined the league.

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“When you’re a young and talented guy, man, you think everything works. I’ve been playing this game for so long – I know what you’re going to do. I know your inclinations, I know what you like the most,” Sley said. “He had a lot of stories for me to steal on film. Young guys don’t see it, but I see it because I really like to watch movies. Every story I told was true.

“The first breakup I had made me confirm that this is what he does. So early? It will be a long night for everyone. means I actually got your story about what you’re doing.

“What I’ve watched in the movie and what I’m watching it release is going on…that’s why I’ve put on the plays that I’ve done.”

Jefferson had just one catch for six yards when Sleigh was his primary coverage quarterback, and that’s after a game in which the Vikings wide receiver had nine catches for 184 yards in the first week. Slay’s passion for film studies demonstrated how he was able to beat Jefferson.

“I can’t give them all away,” Slay said. “I just need to determine if the guy is doing an outer release or an inner release. From what I’ve seen from Jefferson, he had certain releases that he liked to do. I just knew for a fact that most likely a lot of his routes were internal break routes – simply because the team makes internal break routes.

“If you look at the Rams, you can see they do a lot of domestic routes. ahead of the game.

“He is a nice and talented dude. But when I get to know you, it’s kind of over with.”

Slay is certainly tested in practice every week by the likes of AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Godert and Kes Watkins. Brown and Smith got off to a strong start to the season with 35 throws for 558 yards and two touchdowns in three games.

All Slay wants to help the talented duo get better. The Eagles have something special in their tandem with catching passes.

“I just want the best for them,” Slay said. “They are all talented guys. All of them can do it at a high level. For them there is no limit. I sincerely want them to be the best trio in the world. What they do is what they do. them with a position in which they can put them to perform their plays, but I told them every day – you will do your best to be the best.

“If we don’t get better together, how far can we get? I try to push them boys as much as I can because I think this group is really talented. They are one of the most talented receiver bands I have ever played with. In Detroit, we had Calvin [Johnson] and GT [Golden Tate]. Now we have AJ. [Brown]Smitty [Smith], only from top to bottom. Great tight ends, it’s all core just so well put together, man.

“All I can do is try to help these boys get better. They have so many benefits. I’m not trying to lie, I don’t know how long I’ll be playing.”



Source: www.cbssports.com

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