Philadelphia's young linebackers are eager to get their chance in the regular season.
Shaun Bradley, Nakobe Dean, Christian Elliss, Nicholas Morrow, Haason Reddick, Nolan Smith Jr
Although Haason Reddick and Nolan Smith will each be contributors off the edge in 2023, their ability to play in the box and off the line of scrimmage contributes to the duo being officially listed as linebackers. On the inside, 2022 third-round pick Nakobe Dean seems primed to lead the way. Behind Dean, it is truly an open competition. Nicholas Morrow has open camp taking first-team reps alongside Dean, and the veteran is likely to make the final roster and see a fair amount of snaps in 2023.
Christian Elliss has also put on a show in OTAs and training camp, and his standout performances should translate to a roster spot for the 24-year-old. Elliss can earn a spot on the roster and the opportunity to be the first linebacker off the bench in 2023.
The last linebacker spot in this scenario is given to Shaun Bradley. He saw over 300 snaps on special teams in 2022, but he saw zero snaps on defense in 2022. Keep an eye on Kyron Johnson as well now that Patrick Johnson is injured.
Kyron may have only seen 18 defensive plays and 265 special teams snaps in 2022, but the 2022 sixth-round pick still has the intrigue of a young player with a blank NFL slate and all the physical tools to do enough as summer winds down to earn a spot on the final roster.