A Symbolic Week for Timmy Jernigan
Ravens week is a symbolic one for Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan.
There aren't many players that have had the roller coaster ride of a two-year span Jernigan has experienced since 2017.The timeline for the sixth-year interior lineman is one of many ups and downs.
It all started when the opposing team in town this week traded Jernigan to the Eagles.
The Baltimore Ravens dealt the former 2nd-round pick to move up 25 spots in the 3rd-round of the 2017 draft.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and the organization decided to prioritize DT Brandon Williams who they signed to a five-year extension a month before dealing Jernigan.
One would imagine that decision still motivates the Florida State product to this day. It certainly seems to as Jernigan made multiple big plays during joint-practices this week.
This motivation is symbolic of the veteran's 2019 season. A season where Jernigan will hope to prove not only the Ravens wrong, but the Eagles too.
Posting 1.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, and 5 QB hits in the first six weeks of the 2017 season convinced the front office that he should be a core piece of the defense moving forward.
Howie Roseman gave Jernigan a 4-year contract extension worth $48 million.
That contract was short lived however as an off the field injury kept him out for the majority of the 2018 season.
Despite finishing the year with a half sack and one QB hit in both playoff games, the front office did not pick up the team option put in place when the deal was re-worked.
Jernigan became a free agent and the Eagles brought in Malik Jackson to replace him as Fletcher Cox's counterpart.
Continued ups and downs.
Now, after coming back on a "prove it deal" as a backup, Jernigan is out to prove he can be the player the Eagles and Ravens believed he could.
That fire will be on full display tonight against the Ravens.
"You'll see in September when I'm on the field."
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