Coming into the 2021 season one of the biggest issues surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles roster was the need to add talent to the linebacker room. This isn’t to say the Eagle’s defense lacked talent at the position, but they have struggled mightily over the last few years.
Be it youth, a misunderstanding of the game plan, or downright lack of skill. It seemed like every week the Birds were exposed in one way or another. Luckily, with a few adjustments to the roster, and another year to learn from, and the Eagles’ LBs look to be a potential strength early on.
It’s amazing what a little time can do for a football team. What seemed like a problem for the Philadelphia Eagles, now, doesn’t seem to hamper the defense.
While it is still early in the process, there is a lot to look forward to. Some of the bright spots include sixth-year linebacker Alex Singleton, third-year riser T.J. Edwards, and second-year Shaun Bradley.
All three have shown flashes (especially Alex Singleton) of brilliance at times. It’s another name that you’ll need to store in your memory bank.
Free-agent Eric Wilson can be a star for the Philadelphia Eagles defense.
General Manager Howie Roseman did an excellent job adding lower-tier free agents to the Philadelphia Eagles offense. One of those guys, and arguably the best of the bunch, was linebacker Eric Wilson.
The six-foot-one, 230-pound rising star was one of the best defenders for the Minnesota Vikings, last year. His ability to play in space, cover in a true defensive zone, as well as lead the defense will change things in a multitude of ways for Philly’s defense.
There may not have been a ton of opportunities for him to prove this in Philadelphia’s first preseason game, watching Wilson and Singleton play together in the first quarter of the first preseason game was something to cheer about. Watching the tandem fly around and make plays was a breath of fresh air.
Despite it being early in the 2021 season, Philadelphia Eagles fans breathe a sigh of relief. The Birds seem to have found some solid (to great) linebackers to lean on moving forward. Things may be looking up in Philadelphia.