Eagles third-year running back LeSean McCoy and Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora have gone back and forth with some taunting in recent weeks, with McCoy calling Umenyiora the Giants’ third-best defensive lineman and Umenyiora telling a reporter that “she can say whatever she wants” about McCoy’s crack.
“Me and Osi, we battle pretty hard on the field, we’re familiar with each other and that’s really it,” McCoy said. “I think it’s just the competition, the battling, a defensive lineman and a running back.”
But McCoy, who led the Eagles to a 27-17 win last Nov. 21 and rushed for 111 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, said he won’t escalate the rhetoric. Well, maybe just a little.
“We can go back and forth name-calling, but I’m just going to play football,” he said. “It is what it is.”
“I will say this,” McCoy said, pausing several seconds before continuing his answer. “Who had the best average ever against the New York Giants?”
Umenyiora is out for a few weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, but he is likely to be back in time for the Giants’ first game against the Eagles on Sept. 25 in Philly.