Any idiot can say “Hey let’s sign every high-priced Free Agent on the market”. The 12 focuses on what we can do with what we already have, to fix or improve our team.
LINEBACKER Kamu Grugier-Hill. LB/S Nate Gerry. S Chris Maragos. LB Najee Goode. LB Bryan Braman. LS Rick Lovato.
That is a list of six Eagles who are almost exclusively Special Teams players. That is a list of six players whom we can’t really rely on, during regular downs of football.
Yes Heath, SIX. That’s too many such players to have.
All of those are defensive players by the way. Offensive players who play Special Teams like RB Kenjon Barner, RB Wendell Smallwood, RB Corey Clement, WR Mack Hollins, TE Trey Burton, are or were (looking at you Smallwood!), regular contributors during regular downs.
If we can get offensive production from Special Teamers, then why can’t we get defensive production too? There are 4 LB’s on that list! Under no circumstance should SS Malcolm Jenkins ever have had to log a single down at LB. Yet, after MLB Jordan Hicks was lost during the 2017 season, that’s exactly what happened. FOR SHAME!!
Instead of a handful of “Special Teams Only” players, we need to replace them with some DEFENSIVE players who will also play Special Teams. That’s unless some of the STO players we already have on our roster, prove that they can play actual football.
That however, won’t happen if they don’t get the opportunities to show it.