Questions about the Eagles rushing defense, plans for moving forward

Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jordan Davis #90, Philadelphia Eagles
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Do the Philadelphia Eagles have the personnel to fix this issue without Jordan Davis?

Rookie Jordan Davis’ residency on the injured reserve means that he will miss at least three more weeks of games per league regulations. The options behind him aren’t terrible, but they aren’t the best either.

Milton Williams is a penetrating defensive tackle that doesn’t have the body type to consistently excel in run defense. Marlon Tuipulotu has been pushed around more often than you would like t see happen for a man his size. Marvin Wilson, a practice squad player, may not be the best option either.

It doesn’t sound like we’re fixing the issue here, does it?

Defensive ends, inside linebackers, safeties, and slot corners are key to a team’s run defense. Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham are arguably the best run defenders at the defensive line’s edge. Graham is on a pitch count in terms of snaps. Haason Reddick is technically an outside linebacker but often aligns as a defensive end.

That brings us to Robert Quinn who was recently traded to the Eagles from the Chicago Bears. He hasn’t been a stat monster this season, but his technique is satisfactory. Philly’s reserves are Tarron Jackson and Patrick Johnson. At some point, in the best interest of determining whether or not they should be members of this team long-term, it would be wise to give them extended looks.

At the second level of the defense, T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White are the starters at middle linebacker and weakside linebacker respectively. Shaun Bradley and Nakobe Dean are special teamers. The hope is that they improve enough to earn important and productive snaps.

Marcus Epps and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson are the strong and weak safeties in Jonathan Gannon’s defense respectively. Reed Blankenship, K’Von Wallace, and Andre Chachere are special teamers Philly is stacked with talent, and if used appropriately, fixing the Eagles’ run defense should be a