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Milton Williams #93, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Tarron Jackson #75, Milton Williams #93, Philadelphia Eagles
Tarron Jackson #75, Milton Williams #93, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Tarron Jackson and Milton Williams give the Eagles some insurance on defense.

The Eagles have never shied away from their theory of building a team by beginning with the trench warriors and working their way out to the other positions on the roster. That was the formula when Andy Reid paced the sidelines. It’s been the way they’ve done things since he left.

Knowing that Ryan Kerrigan was a temporary piece and Brandon Graham won’t play forever, the Birds added Tarron Jackson in Round 6 a year ago. He didn’t play much, 253 defensive snaps and another 86 on special teams in total. That equates to 23% and 19% of the total amount of snaps played on defense and special teams respectively.

He made it count when he was out there though, tallying 18 total tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Expect him to see an expanded role in year two.

Milton Williams. 93. player. 54. . .

Milton Williams was taken 118 spots before Jackson during Round 3 a year ago. A little more is expected of him based on where he was selected, and by the looks of things, he can really be something special if he stays on the path he’s on.

He appeared in all 17 games played during the regular season, and he made two starts, tallying 30 combined tackles, two sacks, six additional QB hits, and two pass deflections in the process. He also stuck his head in on four tackles during the Wild Card Game. Three of those were of the solo variety.

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He’s different from Philly’s young offensive stars in that he has the opportunity to make a direct impact during every snap he’s given, and so far, he’s gotten off to a good start. Expect to see him used heavily in the defensive tackle rotation, and that should lead to positive results as he continues to learn the ins and outs of the pro game. It’s going to be fun to watch him and Jackson as they grow up together.