Comparing Alex Singleton to some weak Philadelphia Eagles teammates

Alex Singleton (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Nathan Gerry, Philadelphia Eagles
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Every Philadelphia Eagles fan is looking for positives at linebacker.

If you have watched any Philadelphia Eagles games over the course of the first five weeks, you know that calling their linebackers awful would be a massive understatement. Nathan Gerry is in a contract season after being a solid role player in 2019. That came despite a similar core injury that sidelined DeSean Jackson. Sure, he had his share of flaws, but he had never played significant snaps. Now, in 2020, giving him a bigger role hasn’t worked out at all.

In 2019, Gerry struggled with missed tackles, and while that hasn’t improved much in 2020, more people are worried about how many yards he’s allowing in pass coverage. Quarterbacks have completed 20 of 21 pass attempts for 209 yards and three touchdowns in just five games when throwing in Gerry’s direction.

Over the course of the last two seasons combined, he’s allowed just 340 yards and two trips to the end zone. Still, for some reason, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is still playing him for 99 percent of the snaps. Is that the best idea though? Is Alex Singleton better than both Gerry and Duke Riley? Let’s take a look at this Eagles linebacker unit as a whole and answer a few questions that are being asked constantly.