USA Today: Eagles’ LB Corps Ranked in Top Half of NFL
Undoubtedly, one of the weakest areas on the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense is depth at the linebacking position.
The team has two solid performers with Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, but after that duo, the talent really drops off. While Mychal Kendicks is a very talented player, he hasn’t been the impact player the team hoped he would become when he was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Nate Davis of USA Today continued his series of ranking individual position units around the NFL, and he has the Eagles’ linebackers in the top half of the league, at No.14.
14. Philadelpha Eagles: Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham quietly excelled in DC Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 front. Mychal Kendricks was a less effective fit.
While there is some concern about Hicks staying healthy, the dynamic third-year player missed eight games his rookie season and also was injured during his college career at Texas, but played all 16 games as a sophomore last season. As for Bradham, he will likely face league discipline for a battery charge from last season, he was a very good three-down player for the team last season, racking up 102 total tackles, two sacks and one pick.
Kendricks, just hasn’t fit into the defense, and with the team playing a lot of nickle, more often than not, he has been the odd man out. He has just 32 tackles in 15 games last season.
Joe Walker, Don Cherry, Najee Goode, Kamu Gruiger-Hill and rookie Nate Gerry will battle to fill depth positions among the linebackers.
Davis ranked the Washington Redskins as the best unit in the NFC East, coming in at No. 11. They were followed by Dallas at No. 18 and the Giants at No.28.