Trotter Welcomes Competition

For Jeremiah Trotter, getting older just means adjusting how you approach the season. His off-season regimen changed, but he's not worrying about the added competition. In fact, he's embracing it.

"It's always good when you have competition, but I've never been a person to look over my shoulder," said Jeremiah Trotter as he addressed the media during mini-camp. The 30 year old Trotter has had some injury issues and is being pressed by younger players who want playing time.

For players like Omar Gaither, Trotter is a big obstacle between them and getting the playing time that they want. While Trotter is an obstacle, you almost sense that he is teasing the younger guys by showing them the ropes and then executing well enough to keep them on the sidelines. The veteran versus young player dance is a time honored one that Trotter remembers doing with veterans who were keeping him out of the lineup. "When I came in, I was hungry and the older guys helped me out even though I was fighting for their job. It's easy, just help them out." After all, Trotter has a sure fire way to keep those players from pushing him down on the depth chart. "If I do the necessary things I'm supposed to do, then it won't even be an issue," said Trotter.

When last we saw Jeremiah Trotter, he was looking somewhat short of the player that fans remember him being. The season seemed to wear on him more than most seasons do, but Trotter believes that the attention on him was somewhat unwarranted. He sees the issue as being bigger than just him, because of how offenses around the league have changed and how teams run the ball more to attack defenses head-on. "Oh yeah, everybody was worn out, not just me. When teams are running the ball 30 or 40 times a game, everybody is going to get worn down," explained Trotter. Although he thinks other guys were hurting too, Trotter understands the reasons why a spotlight fell on him. "I know it's easy to say, '[Trotter's] knees, he got worn down.' But, I guarantee you if you ask any defensive lineman or linebacker, they were worn down too."

So, to combat age and changing offenses, Trotter changed his off-season regimen to include more of a cardio-vascular workout. It's not something that Trotter embraced in the past and he still doesn't enjoy it, but he knows it's part of the game. "I had to find new ways to get a great workout without just pounding all the time. As you get older, you don't want to continue just pound and run every day, so you have to find other ways. So I do a lot of cardio." The results have been noticed by his teammates and by head coach Andy Reid, who also believes that older players need to adjust their approach to the game. "I thought he [Trotter] looked good out there today. His weight is down. As you get a little bit older your body's beat up a little bit. You lose a pound here or there in your career and I think it helps you out a little bit," explained Reid.

With a new off-season approach and an evolving role with the Eagles, Trotter believes his career is nowhere near its end. "Oh, definitely, without a shadow of a doubt," said Trotter about how his career might be extended by the changes. "It's not just the fitness level, [it's also the] way they are using me now. I'm not in the nickel package. I'm just in the buffalo package, which is a third-down run-stopping defense. They do a great job of cutting our reps in practice. That's really what gets you; that pounding, over and over during the course of the week, training camp and minicamp."

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