5 Philadelphia Eagles trending up heading into Week 9 versus Chargers

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T.J. Edwards #57, Philadelphia Eagles
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. . . T.J. Edwards, linebacker. . player. 54

Good play by T.J. Edwards is something the Philadelphia Eagles expect to see.

For T.J. Edwards, silencing the doubters is no new experience. After going undrafted in 2019, he had to battle just to make the roster, but some theories stated, although he was seen by many as being too slow, the Birds may have struck gold.

He played 16 games as a rookie, starting four, and racking up 30 total tackles in the process. 12 games, 12 starts, 70 tackles, two sacks, and an interception were the result of his sophomore season as he sat on the injured reserve from October 8th of 2020 to October 31st.

For much of his career, Edwards has worked his butt off while the Eagles spent the majority of the time he’s been on the roster looking for his replacement. They signed Jatavis Brown in March of 2020, drafted Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor in last year’s draft, and added Eric Wilson during the most recent free-agency frenzy. T.J. put his head down and continued to work.

In Week 5, he was one of the heroes as his blocked punt versus the Carolina Panthers shifted the momentum in Philadelphia’s favor and helped spark a last-minute drive that put the Eagles up for good. His most recent performance was his best, however.

He played 41 snaps, 66 percent of the team’s total. He racked up 13 total tackles, including eight of the solo variety and two for a loss of yardage. Maybe the Eagles’ best course of action isn’t in finding this guy’s replacement. Maybe they need to just coach him up, turn him loose, and see what he’s capable of.