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New Eagle O.J. Atogwe: I’m a better player than I’ve shown

Oshiomogho Atogwe, DeAngelo Hall AP

O.J. Atogwe signed a five-year, $26 million contract with the Redskins last year, only to be released after one season. Then he spent three months as a free agent and didn’t generate a lot of interest before finally catching on with the Eagles this week. But Atogwe says that’s not an indication that he has declined.

I understand if people want to think that,” Atogwe said, via CSNPhilly.com. “Everybody’s entitled to their opinions. I know what’s true. I know what’s real.”

Atogwe, who turns 31 on Saturday, says that not only has he not lost a step, but he’s actually capable of playing better than he has in his previous seven NFL seasons.

“Internally, I know I’m a better player than I was last year, a better player than I was in my time in St. Louis,” Atogwe said. “Truth proves itself once it’s seen. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove to anyone. My focus is always on doing what I know I’m capable of doing and everything else takes care of itself.”

So after a season in which Atogwe was worse than the Redskins expected, he says he’s ready for a season in which he plays better than anyone expects.

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43 Responses to “New Eagle O.J. Atogwe: I’m a better player than I’ve shown”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Jun 22, 2012 6:41 AM

    yeah nnamdi asomugha said the same thing…

    that was before he got burned by Victor Cruz all day 24-7…

    all hype, no squad, no heart.

    asomugha is the most overrated NFL player, he is not half the player of Darrelle Revis,

    thats why Revis can hold out for a 2nd time…hes the BEST player at 1 of the hardest positions.

  2. dprofane says: Jun 22, 2012 6:53 AM

    I guess after laying a egg last year he has to pump himself. He says everything will take care of itself. Then why the need to talk about it rather than showing and proving? Another free agent Eagle that needs to learn to fly under the radar. He is a underachiever joining a group of underachievers. Might be best to be silent.

  3. steelerhypocrite says: Jun 22, 2012 6:55 AM

    He’s probably right. Washington brings out the worst in everyone.

  4. joetoronto says: Jun 22, 2012 7:05 AM

    “I understand if people want to think that,” Atogwe said, via CSNPhilly.com. “Everybody’s entitled to their opinions. I know what’s true. I know what’s real.”

    Yes, what we see isn’t real, what you say is.

    Got it.

    SMH.

  5. eagleswin says: Jun 22, 2012 7:06 AM

    I’m guessing that he’ll be the eagles #3 CB so he may not get the chance to show he’s as good as he thinks he is barring injury.

  6. gpete1962 says: Jun 22, 2012 7:12 AM

    Internally,
    I know I’m a better player than I was last year, a better player than I was in my time in St. Louis,” Atogwe said. “Truth proves itself once it’s seen. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove to anyone. My focus is always on doing what I know I’m capable of doing and everything else takes care of itself.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Let me get this straight.
    So your talent hasn’t been seen the last 7 years so now, not being a starter will prove how talented you really are?
    OK!!!

  7. clu1perceiver says: Jun 22, 2012 7:13 AM

    Always the last to know.

  8. realcoachjack says: Jun 22, 2012 7:15 AM

    I totally agree with him. He is a much better player than he showed in Washington. New scheme, teammates, coaches, injuries, married last spring, relocation to DC and a lockout to top it off. You can’t argue with his production when he’s comfortable and healthy. Will be a steal for Philly if the price is right…

  9. therealtrenches says: Jun 22, 2012 7:27 AM

    If he can return to his pre-redskin level of play, and fit into the bird’s defensive scheme, he’s the steal of the offseason.

    If not, they’ll cut him.

  10. eaglesw00t says: Jun 22, 2012 7:33 AM

    Hey, if you have a few great seasons left in you, we will be happy to take them.

    If your expectations are always low, you will always be surprised by anything good.

  11. skinsgame says: Jun 22, 2012 7:36 AM

    “Truth proves itself once it’s seen.”
    Clearly, Atogwe is a rocket scientist. He’s certainly not a good professional football player.

  12. Patriot42 says: Jun 22, 2012 7:46 AM

    Really? That is really revealing.

  13. sadskinsfan89 says: Jun 22, 2012 7:46 AM

    I always loved him as a player and was happy when the skins signed him but i dunno if he just didnt fit the scheme or what but last year was terrible. But as is every player that comes to the skins. o well im used to it after all these years

  14. andyb053 says: Jun 22, 2012 7:47 AM

    Cool story, O.J.

  15. jwil444 says: Jun 22, 2012 7:50 AM

    um…………. no you’re not.

  16. wwwfella says: Jun 22, 2012 7:50 AM

    he’s done.

  17. deljzc says: Jun 22, 2012 8:14 AM

    Why so much hate for an average NFL player?

    Wasn’t his fault Washington spent a ton on money on him and started him 7 games and gave up on him (great scouting there by Shanahan/Allen, huh?)

    Seems like a good, depth, veteran signing by the Eagles for a minimum salary to me. Considering Nate Allen hasn’t been able to stay healthy, having Atogwe around is smart.

  18. mcconnellrules says: Jun 22, 2012 8:16 AM

    Thanks for showing up for the Redskins D bag!

  19. hulkhogansays says: Jun 22, 2012 8:17 AM

    He’s going to smell of burnt toast by the time RG3 is done playing vs him and the Eagles brother.

  20. cleverbob says: Jun 22, 2012 8:18 AM

    1) He plays safety
    2) He’s a low risk veteran addition
    3) IF he makes the opening day roster, it very well may not be as a starter

  21. packattack1967 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:18 AM

    LOL what do you expect him to say “Im not as good as you think I am”?

  22. footballfanatic1906 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:20 AM

    steelerhypocrite says:
    Jun 22, 2012 6:55 AM
    He’s probably right. Washington brings out the worst in everyone.

    Why don’t you worry about the Ravens whipping your again this year? PFT troll!

  23. footballfanatic1906 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:21 AM

    eagleswin says:
    Jun 22, 2012 7:06 AM
    I’m guessing that he’ll be the eagles #3 CB so he may not get the chance to show he’s as good as he thinks he is barring injury.

     Hey genius he’s a FS not a CB! Lmao

  24. capitaloffense says: Jun 22, 2012 8:34 AM

    It wasn’t that he was bad in Washington…he was coming off of injury. Skins couldnt afford to keep him with that bogus cap penalty.

  25. tombradyswig says: Jun 22, 2012 8:36 AM

    let’s see it on the field OJ!

  26. cooklynn17 says: Jun 22, 2012 8:42 AM

    Sounds like the whole Eagle team…

  27. eaglesw00t says: Jun 22, 2012 8:55 AM

    Chances are, he will be our dime DB, and thats about it.

    The Eagles are short on safety depth. I was hoping for Landry, but he ended up getting more than I think he was worth. He is more a LB than Safety anyway. He is larger, and not as good at coverage.

    Allen has shown flashes of good play, with long stretches of mediocre bumbling. Coleman is nothing more than a depth player, forced into a starting role because we had noone else.

    Jarrett is a player that was picked about 4 rounds too high and had expectations put on him that should have never been there. Hopefully, he looks better after a full camp. He needs some reps, because he looked like a fart in the wind out there last season.

    Atogwe most likely just grabs our 4th safety spot. We know he can start, and at least play average if Allen goes down again. Im surprised it took them this long to sign a veteran though. our top 3 safeties have about a combined 5 years of experience. And Mike Zordich is their coach…

  28. eaglesw00t says: Jun 22, 2012 8:59 AM

    hulkhogansays says:
    Jun 22, 2012 8:17 AM
    He’s going to smell of burnt toast by the time RG3 is done playing vs him and the Eagles brother.

    ———————————-

    The Redskins dont have anyone to get behind our CBs…let alone challenge our Safeties. We may as well play 8 in the box and blitz everyone against them. Seriously, Garcon is now your top option? Oohh…shaking in my booties…

  29. Stiller43 says: Jun 22, 2012 9:03 AM

    Footballfanatic1906,

    Good try, but the “steelerhypocrite” name indicates he’a a steeler hater, not a steeler fan, so your comment is a little off target…Just sayin…

  30. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 22, 2012 9:04 AM

    Since you can’t show anything from the bench, where he’s been most of the last few seasons due to injury, I’d have to agree.

  31. leonbryte says: Jun 22, 2012 9:05 AM

    Dream team

  32. hailvictory10 says: Jun 22, 2012 9:15 AM

    Glad he is an Eagle.

    RG3 deep to Garçon…..TD

    Hail

  33. jenniferxxx says: Jun 22, 2012 9:42 AM

    The Eagles win every year. Oh, I mean the Eagles win the pre-season every year. The regular season … not so much.

  34. bigpara says: Jun 22, 2012 9:44 AM

    Atogwe is just another player that will get burnt by Cruz or Nicks.

  35. dontouchmyjunk says: Jun 22, 2012 10:00 AM

    He created a lot of turnovers while playing with the Rams. Not hard to understand why he didn’t play well for the Shanahans. Who does?

    Fans should never judge a player by how he played in Washington.

  36. randallflagg52 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    Dream Team fail countdown commencing in 10, 9, 8, 7…

    Mike Vick is still your QB, you won’t win anything ever with Mike Vick at QB. Good luck with that.

  37. insanelomein2 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:51 AM

    jenniferxxx says:

    The Eagles win every year. Oh, I mean the Eagles win the pre-season every year. The regular season … not so much.
    ————————————————-
    I beg to differ, the Redskins are always crowned the Minicamp Superbowl Champs.

  38. pallidrone says: Jun 22, 2012 11:14 AM

    So after a season in which Atogwe was worse than the Redskins expected, he says he’s ready for a season in which he plays better than anyone expects.

    ——————————————————

    It is easy to play better then anyone expects when everyone expects nothing.

  39. dirtydrynn27 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:14 PM

    C`mon man Atogwe was hurt most of last year,Not the skins fault if he was out of shape……As for that Person that said…..”Who does play well under Shanahan”….Let`s see London Fletcher,Brian Orakpo,Ryan Kerrigan,Barry Cofield,Fred Davis and Jabar Gafney to name a few!

  40. jwreck says: Jun 22, 2012 12:30 PM

    mjbulls45 says: Jun 22, 2012 6:41 AM
    asomugha is the most overrated NFL player, he is not half the player of Darrelle Revis,

    thats why Revis can hold out for a 2nd time…hes the BEST player at 1 of the hardest positions.
    ____________
    And I think Eli Manning is the most overrated NFL player in the NFL. He is not half of what Peyton was in his prime: the Giants front office just consistently put a better team around Eli.

    I mean, if everybody else is just changing the topic and comparing two players at a different position who aren’t mentioned in the article, I want to get in on that action too.

  41. jwreck says: Jun 22, 2012 12:38 PM

    deljzc says: Jun 22, 2012 8:14 AM

    Why so much hate for an average NFL player?

    Wasn’t his fault Washington spent a ton on money on him and started him 7 games and gave up on him (great scouting there by Shanahan/Allen, huh?)
    _________________
    Couldn’t agree more with the first sentence.

    The rest is just incorrect garbage, however. Atogwe was injured for much of the season, hence starting only seven games. As for the scouting, Atogwe was a perfect fit for their scheme, and played decently when healthy. The problem was the Redskins scouting department really screwed the pooch when it came to scouting Roger Goodell’s warped brain and seeing 36 million dollars in cap penalties coming. That’s the only reason Atogwe isn’t in DC this year.

  42. mrmorton10 says: Jun 23, 2012 9:04 AM

    I’m still confused why in hell the skins released OJ. He was hurt when they signed him and they knew it and they threw him into the lineup when he wasn’t able to play due to the injury. Rather than get the guy ready during the offseason they cut him. And for who??? Glaring whole in the skins D right now is at that S position. I’m pretty sure Reed Doughty is penciled in as a starter at this point. I mean really, Reed Doughty?? And Yes I HTTR.

  43. jwreck says: Jun 23, 2012 5:17 PM

    mmorton10- the answer was literally staring you in the face as you wrote that post bro. Atogwe was cut as a result of the 36 million dollar penalty Goodell smacked the Redskins with the day before free agency started, Atogwe was released later that day.

    And while yes, safety is by far the biggest hole in DC right now, not counting (insert your own political joke here) of course, Reed Doughty is by no means being considered for a starting job. While DeJon Gomes flashed some potential last year, the position is still wide open. Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris have picked up a lot bargain basement safeties who have shown semblances of talent in the past (Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson, Cedric Griffin, etc.). The plan looks to be throw a couple handfuls of crap at the wall and see what sticks. So while Washington is going to have major issues at safety in 2012, at least the issues won’t be named Doughty.

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