Eagles Add Pass Rusher

Posted: May 17th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 2 Comments »

I am an Eagles fan. I’m also a football fan. There are some players who I develop an affinity for even when they don’t wear midnight green. DE Ryan Kerrigan has been at the top of that list for a while.

That changed on Monday.

Oh yes. I like this.

Kerrigan will turn 33 this summer. He’s coming to the end of a great career. But he is still an effective pass rusher. Kerrigan posted 5.5 sacks each of the past two seasons. Last year he only played 38 percent of the WFT’s defensive snaps, but he still made his presence felt.

The Eagles have a weak secondary. One way to lessen that is to have a strong pass rush.

DE Derek Barnett ……… Josh Sweat
DT Javon Hargrave …… Hassan Ridgeway
DT Fletcher Cox ……….. Milton Williams
DE Brandon Graham … Ryan Kerrigan

All eight of those guys can rush the passer. The Eagles racked up 49 sacks last year, good for third in the NFL. The key losses from that pass rush are Malik Jackson and Vinny Curry, who totaled 5.5 sacks last year. This group could be really good.

They are also versatile. Graham and Kerrigan can slide inside and rush up the middle. Williams and Cox are athletic enough to line up at DE and rush off the edge. The coaches can get creative with how they group these guys and when/how they use them.

Kerrigan also could be used as a standup rusher. The Vikings have Anthony Barr as a SAM/standup rusher. Jonathan Gannon might bring over some parts of the Vikings scheme and Kerrigan could make sense in that role in some packages.

Is there a downside to this move?

That is a very reasonable price. The Eagles have limited cap room, but obviously feel like this is an investment worth making. Kerrigan should be a productive player. He will also be a good leader and help to rebuild a strong culture. You can’t help but think of Chris Long and the impact he had as a backup DE and team leader. Long came in when the team was ready to compete for a title. Kerrigan is here before that point, but he can be part of the building process.

The only downside I can see is adding an older player to the roster. If you’re building for the future, you can argue that giving snaps and practice time to Tarron Jackson would be the better investment. Jackson could turn out to be the next Trent Cole and playing him would be smart. Or he could be the next Shareef Miller, and giving him reps would be a waste of time. You just don’t know.

Kerrigan instantly helps the team’s pass rush. He provides another solid leader. There is still room on the roster for Jackson and he has another veteran pass rusher to learn from.

This move also tells you that the Eagles want to be competitive. They know this roster has issues, but a strong DL can make a huge difference. If you can win up front, you can win. Howie Roseman knows the roster needs talent and youth, but he also wants to win games now. He’s not completely focused on the future. He’s trying to balance building and competing.

The Eagles got better. They didn’t have to spend much to do it. They aren’t taking snaps away from a key young player.

This is a good move.

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2 Comments on “Eagles Add Pass Rusher”

  1. 1 The Linc - NFL exec thinks Ryan Kerrigan doesn’t have much left in the tank said at 6:53 AM on May 18th, 2021:

    […] Eagles Add Pass Rusher – Iggles BlitzThe only downside I can see is adding an older player to the roster. If you’re building for the future, you can argue that giving snaps and practice time to Tarron Jackson would be the better investment. Jackson could turn out to be the next Trent Cole and playing him would be smart. Or he could be the next Shareef Miller, and giving him reps would be a waste of time. You just don’t know. Kerrigan instantly helps the team’s pass rush. He provides another solid leader. There is still room on the roster for Jackson and he has another veteran pass rusher to learn from. This move also tells you that the Eagles want to be competitive. They know this roster has issues, but a strong DL can make a huge difference. If you can win up front, you can win. Howie Roseman knows the roster needs talent and youth, but he also wants to win games now. He’s not completely focused on the future. He’s trying to balance building and competing. […]

  2. 2 The Linc – NFL exec thinks Ryan Kerrigan doesn’t have much left in the tank – Therapy Box said at 7:18 AM on May 18th, 2021:

    […] Eagles Add Pass Rusher – Iggles BlitzThe only downside I can see is adding an older player to the roster. If you’re building for the future, you can argue that giving snaps and practice time to Tarron Jackson would be the better investment. Jackson could turn out to be the next Trent Cole and playing him would be smart. Or he could be the next Shareef Miller, and giving him reps would be a waste of time. You just don’t know. Kerrigan instantly helps the team’s pass rush. He provides another solid leader. There is still room on the roster for Jackson and he has another veteran pass rusher to learn from. This move also tells you that the Eagles want to be competitive. They know this roster has issues, but a strong DL can make a huge difference. If you can win up front, you can win. Howie Roseman knows the roster needs talent and youth, but he also wants to win games now. He’s not completely focused on the future. He’s trying to balance building and competing. […]