By Adam MacDonald
Any Eagles fan will tell you that since being drafted in 2008, DT Trevor Laws has been a disappointment. He put up a measly 12 tackles in his rookie season and only 10 in his second. As Scott stated a few months ago, the only real proven players we have at defensive tackle are Patterson and Bunkley. The time has come for this 2nd round pick, who led all major college DT’s in stops with 117 in 2007, to either step up or get out.
In an interview with PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Laws admitted that he had taken a “step back” in his 2009 campaign. He said this motivated him through the offseason and has gotten into better shape. He hit the weights, added 20 lbs of muscle and says he still feels fast. GM Howie Roseman even said prior to the draft that he was very impressed with Laws and how he was developing.
If Laws comes into training camp and is able to at least keep Patterson and Bunkley fresh, it could go a long way in making sure our defense doesn’t fail. He will compete for a job on passing downs and I’d be very excited if he could become a solid pass-rusher to complement Patterson and Bunkley’s run stopping abilities.
The benefits of a strong pass rushing DT are plentiful: freeing up DEs, keeping O-Lineman off our fast-but-undersized linebackers and most importantly putting the opposing quarterback to the dirt.
The time is now for Laws to step up and prove he was worth that second-round pick. If he has another bust year and can’t put up better numbers than his first two seasons, don’t expect to see his caveman-like face around much more. He has yet to even get his first career sack. Don’t get me wrong, I wish him the best of luck and hope this will be the season where he can get the critics off his back and become a successful NFL player.