How content are the Eagles at linebacker following the release of LB Corey Nelson
27 August 2018 Eagles News
With the recent release of linebacker Corey Nelson, are the Philadelphia Eagles content at the position?
Prior to signing Nelson, the Eagles had a starting three that consisted of Nigel Bradham, Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks. Nelson signed to ideally takeover for Kendricks, however, he was never guaranteed a starting spot.
Competing all summer with Nelson was Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nate Gerry. Still at this moment, there’s no known starter, but both have made strong cases for themselves. Gerry starter ty first two preseason games and Grugier-Hill has impressed as well. Releasing Nelson says a lot about these two players.
Another wildcard in this situation is safety Malcolm Jenkins. He’s been used in the linebacker spot before, and with the resigning of Corey Graham, the Eagles might be more willing to use Jenkins there more frequently this season. It’s a valuable tool to have especially in the passing game. In general, adding Jenkins to the box is a scary move for opposing offenses.
All three of the players mentioned are expected to see the field at weak side linebacker at one point this season. Competition has been a theme all offseason and expect it to continue into the season. Gerry and Grugier-Hill have all the talent and promise you want in a player, it’s up to one of the players to jump out and take over this season.
With that being said, Nelson had not made an impression on the team that told them to keep him. Saving $1 million in cap space is an added bonus. The Eagles should like the future of the linebacker position with guys like Gerry and Grugier-Hill. But, in the meantime, playing Jenkins there for a few snaps will not hurt the team at all.
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