Comparing Alex Singleton to some weak Philadelphia Eagles teammates

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Alex Singleton might be the best of the Philadelphia Eagles’ bunch.

Even though there are a lot of issues surrounding Schwartz and this linebacker core, Alex Singleton has been a bright spot in recent weeks. With Edwards sidelined, Schwartz’s hand was forced. Singleton hasn’t played a large percentage of the snaps but he’s still been on the field for 43 snaps over the course of the past two weeks while filling the void that Edwards left.

Unlike Gerry and Riley, Edwards has given us a lot to fall in love with. Obviously, there was the pick-six versus the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4. Nick Mullens never saw Singleton in coverage and tossed one right to him. Singleton turned on the jets and took that one to the house. He also proved to be a solid tackler in that game, racking up two tackles that resulted in a total of two yards gained.

In Week 5 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, Singleton had a nice backfield tackle on James Conner, and he made a nice open-field tackle on Vance McDonald on a pass to the flat that netted just four yards. Remember that reverse? It was Singleton that bit on the fake, but he made up for it by running across the field to track down Ray-Ray McCloud. That’s no easy task.

Singleton didn’t have much luck in his first go-around in the NFL in 2015 and headed to the Canadian Football League, where he won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2017. The Eagles took notice and eventually picked him up during 2019’s offseason. After a strong showing in the preseason, Philly elected to place him on the practice squad before promoting him to play on special teams.

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This year, he is getting his shot on defense, and he’s still making plays on special teams as well. The verdict? Singleton looks like the Grugier-Hill replacement that Riley was supposed to be. He hustles on every play, and the Eagles need to continue to play him and see what they have here. They’ve done a poor job evaluating talent in recent years, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Singleton was another diamond in the rough who turned out to be better than the guys who are starting at his position. Keep an eye on him in Sunday’s game versus the dynamic Baltimore Ravens offense.