It’s been a rocky road for Philadelphia Eagles fans and Derek Barnett up to this point.
Barnett saw 15 games as a rookie, all as a reserve, and that led to 21 total tackles and five sacks, but most of the Eagles fan base remembers two things about his first-year run.
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There was the aforementioned strip-sack versus the Vikes when the game was actually still in question. There was the most famous strip-sack in NFL history during Super Bowl 52, one that resulted in a fumble that Barnett recovered.
Barnett’s second season ended after six games. In his third, he was called everything from a disappointment to a “dirty player”. For his career, he’s tallied 72 tackles, 23 for a loss, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown in 39 career games with 21 starts. Those numbers include the playoffs.
It’s not a bad stat line, but it isn’t great when you consider that the Eagles took this guy 14th-overall. The question is what should this team and its coaches expect from “96” in 2020?