The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have no love lost for each other. It is what helps make it one of greatest rivalries in the National Football League. Because of that, it was easy for Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and Eagles RB LeSean McCoy to start a war of words off the field. But while Umenyiora did not take the bait from McCoy prior to last week’s 19-17 Philadelphia win over New York, he may be ready to begin a new feud with Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns before the two face off for the first time this week.
“If [Trent] looks on tape and he thinks he sees some candy, come try and get it,” Umenyiora said Friday.
This, of course, is in response to comments made by Richardson earlier in the week.
“I think that if we cover the edges and run hard, no doing all this juking and that, one move and go, I think we can have success in the running game,” Richardson said.
Now Richardson, mind you, was not singling out any one player for the Giants on defense. he was just stating his opinion. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has had his ups and downs through the first quarter of the NFL season with the Browns, although Cleveland sits at 0-4 entering play on Sunday against New York. It will be just the fifth game of Richardson’s NFL career, and he will be fully rested, as he missed practice on Friday as his girlfriend gave birth to his third child. The Browns also have not played since September 27.
But while Umenyiora challenged Richardson to “come and get it,” Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka also decided he would get in on the talk with Richardson.
“If he proves it, I’ll shake his hand and tap him on the butt,” Kiwanuka said. “If he doesn’t, I expect never to hear from him again. The thing that he’s got to learn is, that in this game, talking doesn’t mean anything.”
Yet it still never seems to stop players from doing so incessantly both on and off the field.