Philadelphia Eagles defensive rookies are making names for themselves

Tarron Jackson #75, Marlon Tuipulotu #72 and JaQuan Bailey #66 Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Tarron Jackson #75, Marlon Tuipulotu #72 and JaQuan Bailey #66 Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Though the news of Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith‘s minor setback isn’t the best news that Birds fans have heard this offseason, it isn’t a nail in a coffin either. Everyone from this franchise’s leadership to its coaches to this team’s supporters is encouraged. So is the media.

Landon Dickerson has yet to be seen during team workouts as he begins his Eagles career on the Non-Football Injury list. The 2021 draft class is shining though, especially some of the guys on defense.

Three Philadelphia Eagles rookies are really making a name for themselves.

Zech McPhearson is always around the ball. Tarron Jackson is making waves. So is Milton Williams. Two of the well-known Philadelphia Eagles spoke with the media following practice, Brandon Graham and Boston Scott, as did a few new guys (Tarron Jackson, Zach McPhearson, and Nick Mullens).

In speaking of Jackson, Graham stated the he “likes him a lot” and that he came to camp “in good shape”. He says Milton is “strong” and “good”. He also says that both players are “raw and trying to learn technique”.

Jackson echoed some of that as he states he’s trying to put together an arsenal in his pass-rushing skills. He was able to get past Jordan Mailata in one sequence. Fellow rookie defensive lineman Milton Williams beat Andre Dillard in another. Dillard is having a tough camp, he was run over by Josh Sweat in one drill.

Both Eagles rookies have made huge strides at practice. B.G. also stated that he encourages both to ask questions and take things one day at a time. McPhearson credits everyone from Darius Slay to Steven Nelson for helping him with his development as he continues to build up steam.

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He dropped two pick-six interceptions but had three memorable pass breakups during team drills. The third one led to an interception for Grayland Arnold. Zech McPhearson is definitely someone to watch as we move through training camp. When the ball is in the air, he treats it as if he’s the intended receiver. Stay tuned.