The Philadelphia Eagles’ linebackers won’t be a concern under Ken Flajole.
Training camp is underway, but it just feels different now that the pads are on. Videos and social media posts of the Philadelphia Eagles working out have fans chomping at the bit for the season to get underway. The highlights have included Carson Wentz‘s chemistry with Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert’s one-handed touchdown catch, and Quez Watkins beating Rasul Douglas on day 1 of padded practices.
While there’s plenty of excitement, there are a few roster concerns. One of which is how the linebacker core will perform every Sunday. The most experienced was free-agent signee Jatavis Brown, who recently retired.
Without Brown, the Eagles seven rostered linebackers are all 26-years-old or younger. Three of them are rookies. Two of them are entering their second seasons on the active roster. Two of them are in the final year of their rookie contracts. Between them, they have a combined 109 games of experience with 35 starts. It’s safe to say that inexperience is a real concern.
This isn’t anything new for the ‘Birds’. Historically, Philadelphia hasn’t been willing to spend big money at the position. Prior to 2019’s season, they let Jordan Hicks walk in free agency, and they let Kamu Grugier-Hill get away.
Many people in Philadelphia have expressed their doubts about Philly’s ability to develop young talent, and there’s plenty of reason to believe that may be true. Regardless, some Eagles linebackers have been better than others, and the Eagles have been able to manage at the position without top-end talent. A lot of that can be credited to linebackers coach Ken Flajole who has had an impressive track record. There’s no reason to believe that he can’t get the job done with this group again in 2020. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. Doing so will, no doubt give Eagles fans a reason to be excited.