Will Alex Singleton’s Play Lead to More Snaps?
Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton did something Eagles fans and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz have been waiting for all season.
Singleton stepped in front of a Nick Mullens pass, picked it off and took it to the end zone for a touchdown.
The Eagles linebacker has been mainly a special teams player, but was called on to help the defense when T.J. Edwards had to leave the game with a hamstring injury. In 15 snaps, Singleton made two tackles, broke up a pass and intercepted a pass for score.
"It was great play," acknowledged Jim Schwartz. " It was a great thing for our team, and a great thing for him, but he made a couple plays in the run game I thought that were probably better plays for him, and he does have some flexibility as a player. He can play outside. Can also play inside. Took advantage of the time that he had."
So by taking advantage of that, will it lead to more playing time?
We shall see. Injuries have created opportunity to an area of the team that is considered the one of the weakest links on the team. Nate Gerry, T.J. Edwards and Duke Riley have gotten a majority of the snaps, but when give the chance to get on the field, Singleton thrived and showed that he might be an option to help the position.
"He has good instincts, has sort of done a little bit more, was on our practice squad," said Schwartz. "Played special teams. Had a chance to play a little defense. I don't think his interception was his best play on defense."
Singleton has good size and speed, at 6-2, 240 pounds, and at his pro day, he recorded a 40 yard dash of 4.65 seconds.
The 26-year old undrafted free agent from Montana State was the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in Canada on defense and just loves playing football.
"I take every rep like it could be my last," Singleton said as a guest of the Sports Bash. "I play football because I love football. I don't do it for money or to be in the NFL. I went to Canada because it was the only opportunity to play. If the only opportunity to play was in Germany, I'd be out there playing for nothing."