After appearing in his first NFL game, Landon Dickerson wasn’t happy about his level of play.
That hasn’t changed after his first start last week.
“No. Still didn’t play up to the standard,” Dickerson said this week. “You can rewind what I said last week. We have a standard here. I’m not going to sit here and give you excuses of why I did certain things.
“Go to practice, look at film, ask coaches what I need to do, ask my teammates what they think and then just figure it out and keep getting better each day. That’s what it’s about.”
Dickerson, 23, started at right guard in place of Brandon Brooks (who is on IR) last week and struggled again. The second-round pick from Alabama gave up four pressures, 2 hurries and a QB sack against the Cowboys, according to ProFootballFocus.
He was one of the Eagles’ lowest-graded offensive players in that game. And he’s been tough on himself, but head coach Nick Sirianni isn’t worried about Dickerson’s confidence.
“Yeah, you always want them to have confidence in themselves,” Sirianni said. “And I don't think Landon doesn't have confidence – I know Landon has confidence in himself.
“I just think that – you got to hear how he says it, too, and how – but it's just our – it's just us holding ourselves accountable.
“Like, I don't feel that – you know, I don't feel that he's down on himself. I just feel that he's a player that wants to get it right, wants to not make the same mistake twice, wants to be better than he was the day before. So, I look at it that way.”
With the Lisfranc injury to Isaac Seumalo, who is out for the season, the Eagles have a decision to make. They can either keep Dickerson on the right side of the line or move him to the left guard position. There might be some wisdom in moving Dickerson now because the Eagles know Brooks will return at some point. Earlier this week, Sirianni didn’t want to tip his hand, which seems to indicate a change is possible.
Does Dickerson feel comfortable on both sides?
“I’m pretty comfortable playing football,” he said. “Wherever.”
While he played all 58 offensive snaps against the Cowboys, Dickerson was hobbling after the game and showed up on the injury report with a hip injury this week. He was limited on Wednesday but was a full participant on Thursday.
So it looks like he’s going to play through this injury.
“It’s football, it ain’t meant to feel good,” he said. “Simple as that.”
Dickerson is a harsh critic of his own play. We’ve seen that now for the last two weeks. Of course, there have been plenty of things to correct in the early going for the Alabama product.
When Dickerson makes mistakes, he wants those pointed out. He goes back and watches film to first self-diagnose problems. Then he gets input from coaches and then his teammates. He’s not thin-skinned.
“I want to be told what I’m doing wrong and what I can do to fix it,” he said. “There’s no reason to say how great something is if there’s still things wrong with it.”
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