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“He’s our energy guy, a pit bull,” Webb said. “I get started when I see him hyped up and knocking someone out. It makes me want to do the same thing. I love the way he plays defense.”

Said Reed: “He’s definitely an asset, man. He’s somebody to reckon with. He’s going to hit guys, he’s going to cover. Obviously, he’s catching interceptions now. That’s what you like. You love to see growth.”

However, Pollard and the secondary have to correct coverage mistakes that led to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throwing for 371 yards in Philadelphia’s 24-23 win. With Brady’s Patriots on deck, the solution is easier said than done.

Pollard said the key is to stay focused against a team such as New England that can spread the ball around. Though he’s not intending to inflict harm when he hits, he still plans to play as fast and as physical as he has in the past against the Patriots.

“When it’s all said and done, we are going against each other,” Pollard said. “I’m going to do everything I can. If you got the ball, I see ball and hit ball.”