WLB Update

Posted: August 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

Kamu Grugier-Hill has had the best Training Camp of his young career. He’s made a lot of plays and stands out on a regular basis. More than a few people think he is the front-runner to be the WLB this year.

But wait…Ben Fennell from PE.com had something interesting to say in his notes today.

Linebacker Nathan Gerry continues to get action with the starting defense in base personnel as he appears to be the odds-on favorite to win the weakside spot to open the year. That’s not Gerry’s only role, however, as he also stayed on the field as he also called the shots as the middle linebacker in the team’s backup nickel package. That versatility will help Gerry in the future. – Ben

A lot of focus has been on Grugier-Hill and Corey Nelson. It would be funny to see Nate Gerry come out of nowhere to win the role.

Gerry has played all three LB spots this summer. That had me wondering if they were focusing on him to be the top backup at all three spots. Grugier-Hill has added some bulk this year, but still seems like a pure WLB. You don’t want him in the middle. I don’t think you want him at SAM.

Gerry has also bulked up. He looks strong enough and physical enough to play any of the spots. While he did play safety at Nebraska, he spent plenty of his time in the box. Gerry is not shy about contact and is comfortable playing in traffic. He showed good potential in the season finale last year.

You have to wonder if this could be bad news for Corey Nelson. He signed a cheap deal, but the Eagles could consider cutting him. They could keep LaRoy Reynolds, who is bigger at 240 pounds and is also a better STer.

Some fans see LB as a weakness. The Eagles seem to like their young players. The question is who gets a starting role and who makes the team. The only spot I’m a bit concerned about is backup MLB. Is Joe Walker all the way back? If so, he’s fine. If not, that could be an area to upgrade. We’ll get a better feel on Thursday night.


Very sad news.


Heckert had a condition called amyloidosis. I wasn’t aware that he had any serious medical issues.

Heckert came to Philly after Andy Reid beat out Tom Modrak for control of the Eagles. Heckert was to be Reid’s right-hand man. He ran the personnel department and got more power over the years. Heckert played a part in some key draft picks and signings.

While Heckert had a good eye for talent, I always heard he had great people skills. He had good relationships with his scouts and everyone else in the organization.


No need for practice notes today. It was a 10-10-10 session and nothing real noteworthy happened.