4 Philadelphia Eagles who must be benched without hesitation

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Alex Singleton #49, Philadelphia Eagles
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54. . . . Alex Singleton, linebacker. 49. player

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton

Before things got real and the Philadelphia Eagles took the field to battle the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, Alex Singleton made a huge proclamation. He guaranteed he’d break the franchise’s single-season record for tackles.

That record is currently held by the Mister of Defense, Reggie White. He hauled the guy with the ball down 133 times and racked up 18 sacks from the defensive end position back in 1988.

There was reason to believe that Singleton had a shot. After all, he racked up 120 total tackles in 16 games with 11 starts during the 2020 regular season. Knowing that he’d be thrust into an expanded role, Alex seemed to be on the verge of a monster season. Then, along came Jonathan Gannon as the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator. You see where this is headed right?

This is one tough son of a gun and a difficult guy to bench, sort of. We’ve all seen that Singleton has some ability. We also know that Gannon’s scheme isn’t suitable for his talent. This young coaching staff seems to have identified the guys that they want on the field at the linebacker position, and they’re in love with  T.J. Edwards and Davion Taylor.

Put an asterisk by this one. The Birds may want to roll with the hot hands right now. Some may say that Singleton’s been benched already. His snaps have increased in each of the past six games going from 56 snaps in Week 4 to more recently ten in Week 9. There’s still time for him to break that record, but unless something changes in an absolute hurry, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.