Just like that, the Philadelphia Eagles need a replacement for Jatavis Brown.
By now, early retirements in the NFL shouldn’t surprise you if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles. Playing one of the most punishing sports known to man has a tendency to age guys’ bodies more quickly than they normally would, and while the dream of doing something you love can, at times, be enough to circumvent that, we can all understand why someone would see walking away from the game as a more attractive option than being carted off.
In the blink of an eye, we’ve gone from talking about what newly-added Jatavis Brown‘s role might be in 2020 for these Philadelphia Eagles to discussing which of the following two options makes the most sense. Multiple sources, including NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro, have stated “the word internally was he simply felt it was time for him to step away”.
Should the ‘Birds’ be in the market for finding his replacement, or is the best option to go with one of the guys that they already have in camp?
At the time of this story being published, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley, T.J. Edwards, and Nathan Gerry (who’s just been reactivated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list) figure to be shoo-ins for roster spots. They have three other guys on the current training camp roster. Will they carry five linebackers or six when they finally introduce the 53-man roster?
Sure, bringing in another veteran linebacker makes sense, but so does coaching up the guys that they already have. Here are the options if they go with the latter option.