Who is the Eagles Most Underappreciated Player?
While the Eagles have done a good job at upgrading some key areas on the field, one spot that remains pretty much untouched this off-season is linebacker.
The Eagles released veteran Nigel Bradham and allowed Kamu Grugier-Hill walk in free agency, which means they will have two new starters in 2020.
One guy you can see playing a lot of linebacker is Nate Gerry. A college safety, Gerry made the switch to NFL linebacker, making 47 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2019.
So who might the Eagles pair with Gerry at the linebacker position?
Well the forerunner could be T.J. Edwards.
Edwards was an undrafted, but had a tremendous college career at the University of Wisconsin, making 37.5 career tackles for loss, with eight sacks, and ten interceptions with the Badgers.
He might just be someone to keep an eye on according to NFL Networks analytics expert Cynthia Frelund, who named one underappreciated player from each team, and calls him the most underappreciated player on the Eagles roster.
This undrafted free-agent rookie signing last season paid huge returns for the Eagles' defense in the form of the highest tackle rate among linebackers with a minimum of 100 snaps in the NFL (20 percent, or 22 tackles on 110 defensive snaps) and the second-best run defense grade among linebackers in the NFL per PFF's grading system (90.3). A fun note here: His salary ranks 297 among 350 linebackers, per Over The Cap -- but that will not be the case in his next contract, should he continue this level of production.
So while the Eagles linebacker position has been much criticized this off-season, they just might have a diamond in the rough on their current roster.