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Gomes watched Meriweather play, and the impact was clear to him, too.

When he entered the Philadelphia game, he broke up a pass intended for Jeremy Maclin with a big hit.

“Just seeing how he played the game really gave me new motivation,” Gomes said. “You could just see the passion from Play 1 until the last play he was in. He was out there giving his all and then a little more. Just seeing that really inspired me.”

Another challenge for Gomes, then, is replicating that energy level. He is one of the quieter, more reticent members of the team.

“Any time you can get your defense hyped and get everyone flying around, it’s a good thing,” he said. “If I have to step out of my comfort zone a little bit — I’m kind of laid-back — to help the team win, it’s something I’ll do.”