3. Are we sold on these Philadelphia Eagles linebackers?
With Jim Schwartz’s defense primarily operating from the nickel package, the two linebackers on the roster currently poised to earn the bulk of starting reps are Nate Gerry and 2019 undrafted free agent TJ Edwards.
If the season were to start today, one could make the argument that Philadelphia’s linebacker grouping is one of the weakest in the NFL, but there’s more to this story.
The Eagles current crop at linebacker features Gerry, Edwards, Duke Riley, free agent Jatavis Brown, recent draftees Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley, and undrafted free agent Dante Olson. Only Edwards, Taylor, Bradley, and Olson will have contracts that extend beyond 2020.
If you’re taking notes, that list includes two undrafted free agents, a late third-round selection, and a late sixth-round selection.
Barring some unforeseen leap from this young group, the Eagles might be going into the 2021’s offseason with even larger questions at linebacker than they have now, and with minimal cap space (right now, they’re way above the standard), it’s tough to assume or predict that this group will be any better by next year.