Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean were the big guys on Georgia's campus following their 2021 National Championship victory – but on Friday's preseason game against the New York Jets, they were the new kids, introducing themselves to Philadelphia.
Davis said it gave him, "first day of school vibes." The pair even coordinated their arrival time.
"We try to do everything together; that's my guy," Davis added. "Obviously, y'all know that I love that man to death, so just to be able to share this moment and experience it with him is just pretty amazing."
Head Coach Nick Sirianni pulled Davis after two quarters, but the familiarity between the defensive duo was a highlight of the Eagles' impressive first-half defense that held the Jets to just a field goal.
"I think they've got that automatic connection. And you can definitely see that and feel that," Sirianni said.
Davis's dominant strength occupied the Jets' offensive linemen through two quarters, creating wide gaps for Dean to complement his effort with four solo tackles on the night.
"I'm always excited to have Nakobe behind me. If I mess up, he's going to clean it up," he said.
What was a familiar sight for Georgia fans tuning in for the rookies' pro debut could be a sign of things to come in Philadelphia. Davis says after what he's seen his counterpart accomplish so far in Training Camp – he expects their present connection can only grow.
"It's just like old days. You know, I'm accustomed to seeing Nakobe flying around making plays. So definitely he's gonna excel. I just love what he's learned," said Davis.
"So, just to see him do that and have us possibly become a 1-2 tandem. It'd be a pretty amazing feat that we could carry from college."
The Eagles hosted the New York Jets for a little Friday night football in the preseason opener at Lincoln Financial Field.