Patterson on Eagles: no hard feelings

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Mike Patterson celebrates after sacking

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Mike Patterson celebrates after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the second half. (Nov. 26, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Giants defensive tackle Mike Patterson goes up against his old team on Sunday, but the former Eagles' first-round draft pick said there really won't be any added motivation. 

Well, kinda sorta. 

When we asked Patterson if there was any desire on his part to show the Eagles they were wrong for releasing him in the off-season, he said, "Probably after the game. We'll see how it works out."

Had Andy Reid still been the coach and the Eagles had parted ways, then maybe things would be different. But Patterson was released after Chip Kelly came to town, so there really aren't too many hard feelings. 

"I don't hold any grudges like that," he said. "I know some of the guys there, still talk to 'em and stuff like that. Maybe if coach Reid was there and he didn't like me any more, that's one thing. But since coach Reid left, I kind of feel it was just a business move they needed to make."

Patterson spoke briefly with Reid on Sunday, when the Giants lost to Reid's Chiefs. And Reid even texted Patterson after the game. 

"He just wished me luck," Patterson said. "He told me I was a hell of a player still, just keep playing hard, like I am."

More than anything, Patterson wants to get the win and get the season going for the 0-4 Giants. A win for New York, coupled with a Dallas loss to the high-flying Broncos, and the Giants are just a game out of first place in the division.

"It's a big game for us," Patterson said. "We want to get back on the winning track." 

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