4 Philadelphia Eagles not named Jalen Hurts who deserve starting roles

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

This is the linebacker Philadelphia Eagles fans have been looking for.

Like the offensive line, the Eagles’ linebacker position has been a revolving door. It’s hard for Eagles fans to forget Super Bowl LII, but easy to forget that Dannell Ellerbee was the starting middle linebacker. This is probably the best way, to sum this up. It hasn’t been pretty, but Alex Singleton looks like he can be a consistent contributor. He may not be a star, but he’s certainly no slouch.

Singleton went undrafted in 2015 and bounced around before finding a home with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders for three seasons, winning a Grey Cup his first year. The Eagles signed him to the practice squad last season, and in 2020, he’s worked his way into a starting role.

Singleton, like most young players, has a lot to work on. He isn’t the best in coverage, but he’s a very sure tackler with the ability to plug gaps. There’s room for improvement, but there are also reasons for optimism.

After the Eagles’ loss to the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers had an extensive conversation with Carson Wentz. When asked about it during his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers didn’t want to get into specifics. What he did reveal, however, was that he also talked to Singleton. Rodgers mentioned how he admired his story and work ethic to get to where he is. Rodgers went on to say that he thinks Singleton can be a player someday. Like him or not, the Rodgers endorsement is certainly nothing to sneeze at.