Eagles: How does Timmy Jernigan feel about his new teammates?
It appears Timmy Jernigan is settling in just fine with his teammates.
Who would have thunk it? It wasn’t too long ago when most Philadelphia Eagles fan were finding their way to water coolers, family gatherings and sports bars to find anyone who was interested in discussing everything that was wrong with this team’s roster. Following the most recent free agency period and the 2017 NFL Draft, things have calmed down. Everyone just seems to feel better. A big reason for that was the addition of defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. He was added to fill a huge hole (we mean that figuratively and literally). That hole was left by former starter and fan favorite Bennie Logan.
Now that we’ve gotten to know him, it appears Jernigan probably won’t be among the most vocal leaders in the locker room. Maybe he will be, but think about it. He’s been pretty quiet since his arrival. With that being the case, it was exciting to hear from him this morning on the 94 WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi.
Jernigan endorses several of his teammates:
For those of you that are still a little upset about Fletcher Cox‘s late arrival to OTAs, Jernigan wasted no time standing up for his fellow defensive tackle.
The prospect of having opposing offensive coordinators and offensive line coaches try to determine what to do against an Eagles defensive line that, all of a sudden seems loaded, is a welcome idea for fans. Double teams on Cox, if that ends up being the poison they decide to drink, could lead to quite a few one on one opportunities for Jernigan.
Needless to say, the big guy’s excited.
Jernigan also showed love to another one of the Eagles’ newest members, first-round draft choice defensive end Derek Barnett. “I think he’s gonna be a special player. He’s a good kid. Definitely someone we can count on”. Starting quarterback Carson Wentz may play on the other side of the ball, but he received some love too. “I just think that kid is a baller, man.” He continued. “I’m so glad to play him. I’ve watched a couple of his games last year and we admired the way he played when I was in Baltimore. So we definitely know what we have here, and I think he has a very bright career. He can play ball, man.”
Is there a chip on the big guy’s shoulder?
How the Baltimore Ravens let a guy like Jernigan get away is anybody’s guess. Irregardless, he’s made his way to Philly. Still, no professional athlete that most of us have ever heard of likes the idea of being let go. Typically, we get the obligatory “I don’t think about it” or “it’s just another game” speech. This morning, Jernigan was candid in his response and honest in his answer.
It’s almost a shame the Eagles don’t line up against the Ravens this season like they did a season ago. It would be nice to see his best effort in a game that would further inspire him to turn things up a notch. For now, we’ll settle for watching him do battle with the offensive lines of the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
That will definitely do the trick.