Eagles who could follow Jonathan Gannon out of town (if he ever leaves)

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. . . Marcus Epps, safety. 22. player. 54

Marcus Epps has grown in the Eagles system.

If you think Jonathan Gannon has had some ups and downs, during his career and this season, you should also be able to acknowledge the same thing about Marcus Epps. One is a player. One is a coach, but they’re alike in so many ways.

Both have connections to the Minnesota Vikings. We’ve discussed Gannon’s time there. Epps was a sixth-round selection by the organization in 2019. They weren’t there at the same time, but somehow, both Gannon and Epps wound up in the City of Brotherly Love together.

Epps found his way to Philadelphia first. Things didn’t work out in Minneapolis. He was waived on November 6th of 2019 and landed with the Birds a day later when he was claimed off of waivers.

There weren’t a ton of fireworks early. Epps appeared in seven games in 2019, making five tackles over that span before starting five of 14 games in 2020 and tallying 47 tackles and two picks in the process. His first career interception was snagged off of the arm of Kyler Murray in Week 15 that season.

In 2021, he settled in as a key piece in Philadelphia’s safety rotation alongside Anthony Harris and Rodney McLeod. It’s been a joy to watch him get better.

We don’t have to discuss his future yet. He’s signed through the 2022 season, but who knows what happens then. All we know is he has someone who believes in him named Jonathan Gannon. It could mean nothing. It could mean everything, but this is a connection between player and coach that we’re paying attention to.