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NFL.com: Eagles’ Timmy Jernigan Set for Breakout Season

The 2014 second-rounder has 13 sacks and has been stout against the run through three seasons. (Getty Images, Patrick Smith)
The 2014 second-rounder has 13 sacks and has been stout against the run through three seasons. (Getty Images, Patrick Smith)

After his first three seasons with the Baltimore, new Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan looked like a potential Pro Bowler.

However, Jernigan wasn’t the best fit for the Ravens read-and-react scheme, but is a fan of Jim Schwartz’s attacking style. So instead of losing him in free agency next offseason, he was sent to Philadelphia.

Yeah, watched him when he came out of Florida State and then a little bit with the Ravens,” said Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwarz back in May. “He’s playing a different scheme now. It’s a lot less reading; it’s a lot more attacking. I think it fits him.”

The defensive tackle out of Florida State has registered 90 tackles (44 solo), 13 sacks, three passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery in 43 career regular-season games (24 starts), and replaces Bennie Logan who the Eagles let walk in free agency this offseason.

Jernigan is coming off maybe his best season as a pro with five sacks, 31 tackles and even added an interception, a fumble recovery and three passes defended to his resume.

“He can win individual pass rushes, meaning when the center is sliding away, he’s a tough matchup for a guard,” explained Schwartz He’s not physically the biggest guy, but he’s very strong and he’s very active. It’s been a great addition for us. I really look forward to coaching him, and I really look forward to him being on the field for us. I also like his temperament. He’s got a football player’s temperament.”

Its that type of skill set, coupled with his fit in the Eagles defensive scheme, that Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com has Jernigan pegged as a break-out candidate on his post-hype All-Star team. Someone who might be flying under-the-radar, but is ready to emerge.

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Philadelphia Eagles: A fine “Making the Leap” choice on this very site, Jernigan never took the next step in Baltimore after a great rookie season. The Ravens decided that nose tackle Brandon Williams was a more reliable long-term choice and dealt Jernigan for a move up in the third round of April’s draft. Surrounded by talent on all sides (Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham), Jernigan has a chance to eat up one-on-one matchups before striking it rich in free agency.

One of the big factors for a Jernigan break-out is the talent that surrounds him.  With Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Chris Long and first-round pick Derek Barnett, Jernigan could be poised to make a big impact.

“At 24 years old, his best football is still ahead of him,” Eagles President of Football Operations Howie Roseman said at the time of the trade.

Although the team’s success or failure does not fall solely on Jernigan’s shoulders, his presence on the Eagles defensive front could have a big impact on the Eagles defense.

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