The Giants-Eagles NFC East rivalry intensified some more this past weekend when Philadelphia made a deal with the Cowboys to jump in front of New York and select wide receiver DeVonta Smith — whom the Giants were zeroing in on.
But the rivalry juice did not end there.
On Monday, Giants safety Jabrill Peppers made an effort to troll Eagles fans on his Instagram story.
Peppers posted side-by-side photos of Giants draft pick Kadarius Toney and Smith each holding up their jerseys, but Toney was all smiles while Smith had a blank expression.
“The difference of being drafted by the Giants than by the Eagles is clear,” Peppers wrote, insinuating that Smith was unhappy to be on the Eagles.
Now, we do not know if Smith is unhappy or not that he was drafted by the Eagles. In fact, his comments publicly have been about how excited he is and expects to win in Philadelphia. So the unamused look he was sporting may just be his demeanor in general.
Peppers, who also grew up in Giants territory in North Jersey, seemed to be trying to throw more fire onto this NFC East rivalry that has picked up steam in recent months.
The Giants, who had lost eight straight regular season games to the Eagles, finally beat Philadelphia last year in Week 10, a game in which Peppers had an interception and seven tackles, including two for a loss.
But things took a turn in Week 17 when the two met again and the Giants had to win in order to have a chance at winning the NFC East.
The Eagles chose to bench Jalen Hurts in the second half and play Nate Sudfeld at quarterback instead, essentially tanking the game to secure the No. 6 draft pick.
The decision caused quite a bit of controversy and was among the factors that led to Doug Pederson’s dismissal as head coach.
The Eagles traded out of the pick to No. 12, one spot behind the Giants, only to trade up ahead of them with the Cowboys to take Smith out from under the Giants’ feet.
Clearly, there is some more buzz to this rivalry than there has been in recent years and it should be interesting to see when these two meet again when the schedule is released.