World News – CA – Philadelphia Eagles: Alex Singlton deserves a chance to start


Not so long ago, Alex Singleton almost gave up his aspirations to be with the Philadelphia Eagles in favor of a lucrative contract with the Calgary Stampeders

In theory, the idea was followed Singleton was dropped by the Eagles in favor of Wisconsin UDFA TJ Edwards coming out of training camp, and he was virtually guaranteed a starting spot if he chose to return to Canada, where he had more than 100 consecutive tackle seasons in 2017 and 2018

But, based on a burning desire to keep his NFL dreams alive, Singleton turned down his backup plan in favor of a place on the Eagles’ practice squad, where he sat and went. patiently waited for the first six weeks of the season

While Singleton was finally called up to the Big League in the middle of the 2019 season, making his pro USA debut in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, the Montana State product did not receive just one defensive slam for the Birds in either the regular season or against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round – instead, recording his 213 shots of 2019 on special teams

And in the first three weeks of the 2020 season, it didn’t look like that was going to change anytime soon

A limited surprise addition to the original 53-man roster as the Eagles’s sixth linebacker, Singleton again played 663 percent of the team’s defensive shots against just 11 overall on the defensive end of the ball; 10 at week 1 and a single snapshot at week 3 In week 4 that probably wasn’t going to change, at least until the very player who beat Singleton a year ago, TJ Edwards, s ‘has a hamstring injury

Joined the starting lineup as the new starting center linebacker, Singleton almost immediately started playing on the defensive end of the ball

But one piece, one soft, sweet piece, would cement Alex Singleton’s name in the hearts of Philadelphia Eagles fans around the world

An interception Income for a touchdown By a defenseman of the Philadelphia Eagles So that’s what it feels like to have one of these pieces your way

While one piece shouldn’t be enough to suddenly cement a player in a starting role, even though it was arguably the best defensive play of the season, Singleton’s performance as a whole was just different from that of Duke Riley and Nathan Gerry played in the first four games of the regular season In about half the action, Singleton tallied two solo tackles, including a blow to Jerick McKinnon at the line of scrimmage, and was always in the right position on the cover

Say what you want about Schwartz’s decision to continually place linebackers in one-on-one coverage against tight ends lately (more on that here), but half of the team’s big plays can be straight attributed to Gerry and Riley – but especially Gerry – being out of position If Singleton can at least keep his man in front of him and avoid getting burned on a double swing or at an inappropriate angle, it would greatly improve the weakest link. of the defense

Whether Edwards is back for Week 5 or not, Singleton deserves a chance to prove if his performance in Week 4 was a fluke

With Will Parks likely set to return to the active roster at some point in the not too distant future, the Eagles likely won’t be using two linebackers on more than 70% of their defensive shots for much longer. If Singleton can muster a few more useful projections – which, again, would be a noticeable improvement over their bottom-of-the-barrel outings – perhaps he will continue as the Eagles’ first linebacker and earn a new incoming contract. in his third NFL season

What if not? Well it can’t get much worse than what fans were treated to in 2020

Whether Week 4 is an aberration or a standard for a former CFL star poised to stand out in the United States, it’s clear that Alex Singleton was the Philadelphia Eagles’ top linebacker in their first win of the season If Jim Schwartz’s defense is meritocracy – which is based on the decision to play Cre’Von LeBlanc against Nickell Robey-Coleman, it should be – it should be enough to give the 26-year-old his first start in the season. the NFL not too far line

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World News – California – Philadelphia Eagles: Alex Singlton deserves a chance to start


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