ITB: Birds Interior D-Line Rotation Solid, But Underwhelming – So Far
The Philadelphia Eagles’ roster is going through a shakeup after the team took several one-year fliers on veteran free agents with injury histories.
On the latest “Inside The Birds” podcast, Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher provided intel and contract details on the team’s offseason signings.
Adam Caplan: “From our personnel guy: he has great get-off, good explosion. He has just had the worst luck with injuries. He is a rotational third or fourth defensive tackle who can play in an odd man front at d-end, but he is better inside. If he is going against a slow guard, that is where he wins. This is a nice bargain signing.”
Geoff Mosher: “It doesn’t stop them from drafting a defensive tackle who plays the same alignment in the first or second round. It adds him to the mix where you have Fletcher Cox and you have Milton Williams and a couple of other names. They have a good rotation of guys who can come in and give you some snaps.”
Caplan: “The whole contract is fully guaranteed at signing. The reason why they signed him is because if he has to play, they can continue to run RPOs and run the offense like they want to in the run game.”
Mosher: “The only thing I add to that is: Can he do any of that well? He did not do a very good job of that with Atlanta. I remember watching some games on All-22 thinking this guy is not throwing the ball well at all. But we have seen guys go from one scheme to another and reinvent themselves.”
Caplan: “No guaranteed money at signing, $1.5 million. Part of that money is he has $50k in per-game roster bonuses. He clearly wanted to play in Philly.”
Mosher: “I can’t remember a guy signing so early in free agency for no guaranteed money. When you sign a guy for no guaranteed money, you are saying I can cut this guy for nothing. That makes me think that they have something in their mind that they don’t anticipate him being their starting linebacker, or they do and it’s going to be the biggest highway robbery of the year.”
Caplan: “Based on his tape, he has never come close to looking like the guy he was at LSU. He’s more of a finesse player, not as physical as Darius Slay or James Bradberry, but he has traits. I just don’t like the fact that the guy has a big injury history. I would rather have a veteran who’s been there and done it before.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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