Xavier McKinney looking to challenge former teammates Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle in Giants’ matchup vs. Dolphins
New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney has been one of the team’s saving graces amid this turbulent season. The second-year defensive back leads the Giants with five interceptions and is third in tackles with 61. This Sunday, he’ll be as motivated as ever to accumulate more interceptions.
As McKinney and the Giants prepare to face the Miami Dolphins, McKinney explained that he’s looking forward to playing against Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, with who he spent three years at Alabama.
“Actually, it’s a big one for me — this game — because I actually only picked him off one time over the course of the three years that we were there together,” McKinney said. “He’s tough to get, but when you get one, you work really hard for that one thay you got.”
“He’s good with his eyes. He’s really good at being able to look you off. I think in the college stage, I was still growing as a safety, especially in the back-end part of it…He sees different things, so that’s always been a challenge.”
The Dolphins have another former Alabama player in wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who played with McKinney for two years. McKinney discussed what it will be like to play against his former teammates.
“I think it’s fun playing against my old teammates. But they ain’t teammates no more. Those are my opponents, I’ll treat them as such. I don’t play fair. I’m trying to win the game, just how they are. So, I don’t expect to make it easy for me and I’m not going to make it easy for them.”
The Giants and Dolphins will kick off tomorrow afternoon in Florida.