3 Unsung Philadelphia Eagles fans might be overvaluing slightly

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Alex Singleton, linebacker. 3. player. 54. . .

The Philadelphia Eagles may not have won in Week 4 without him, but let’s chill here.

There isn’t much to criticize about Alex Singleton‘s performance for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. His pick-six extended a late fourth-quarter lead to 11 points, and though the “Birds’ fell asleep on a drive led by Niners third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard, one in which he tossed a touchdown to close the gap to five points, this six-foot-two and 240-pound linebacker’s heroic play has made him a folk hero in the Eagles fan base seemingly overnight.

The rest of his stat line isn’t going to make anyone call him the next Ray Lewis or anything. He basically played 15 of the Eagles defensive snaps, and he was in on 19 special teams snaps in Week 4, which is good for 21 percent and 79 percent of the team’s total respectively.

No fan is going to complain about two solo tackles, an interception, a pass breakup, and a defensive touchdown on 15 defensive plays though. No one’s going to knock the way this young man has handled himself after bouncing around on four NFL rosters and five total professional football rosters since 2015 (that includes a stop in Calgary with the Stampeders from 2016 to 2018).

Maybe he’s finally found a home with the Eagles, but come on. Let’s be patient. There’s no way that we can know that’s true after 15 defensive snaps in Week 4 and 26 total defensive snaps during the 2020 regular season.