Aug 05, 2022
Eagles Breakout Star Shakes Up Depth Chart: I Want to Be the Guy
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Getty T.J. Edwards stops Jets RB Tevin Coleman during a 2021 game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
No one was more motivated to make an impact at Philadelphia Eagles training camp than T.J. Edwards. Coming off his best year in midnight green, Edwards watched the team load up on competition at the linebacker spot.
The Eagles signed veteran linebacker Kyzir White in free agency, then used a third-round pick on Nakobe Dean. These guys were added to strengthen what was widely viewed as a weak position, one anchored by Edwards in 2021. Disheartened? Never. He’s emboldened to “be the guy.”
“I want to be the guy,” Edwards told reporters. “I want to be the guy in the middle.”
Edwards has been flying around at summer practices, a disruptive force at middle linebacker and a guy who is always around the football. He put his physicality on full display on July 27 when he jammed up A.J. Brown to force an incompletion. Or fumble, depending on if it was a completed pass. Rules are rather lax at camp.
TJ Edwards has been the best LB in camp, and is "constantly around the ball", according to @JimmyKempski.
Get this: An Eagles LB who just continues to develop and get better every year.
Refreshing ????#Eagles pic.twitter.com/3vbLyRaOiX
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) July 31, 2022
Either way, Edwards turned heads with the way he ripped the ball out. He’s been arguably the best linebacker on the roster through six practices. Edwards and White are the first-team linebackers. And it’s not by accident.
“Couple of practices in, there’s so much more I want to be better at, so much more I want to continue to grow my game with,” Edwards said. “And, obviously, making plays is nice, and I want to be consistent with that. That’s the biggest thing, day in and day out, to be a guy that’s counted on to make plays. And that’s what I want. So, I just want to keep growing, and also make sure as a a whole, as a unit – especially the linebacker unit – that we’re steady improving.”
TJ Edwards CRACKS Dak Prescott on 2nd and goal#Eagles #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/DT29Tt4P8n
— Brodes Media (@BrodesMedia) September 28, 2021
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Edwards has worked his tail off to earn starter’s reps since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2019. He has started 30 games over three seasons while turning into a key playmaker on special teams.
ANOTHER EXTENSION: This time for LB TJ Edwards!
It’s a 1-year extension worth up to $3.2 million
$2.15 million is fully guaranteed
This play yesterday might’ve helped????
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) November 22, 2021
The Eagles rewarded him with a one-year, $3.2 million extension last year. The contract came one day after he recorded 10 tackles against New Orleans, plus a fumble recovery and interception. He finished second on the team in total tackles (130) behind Alex Singleton.
His arrow is very much trending up, even with rookies Nakobe Dean and Kyron Johnson pushing him for snaps. Those guys have had quiet camps, proving they have much to learn, especially when dropping back in coverage. Edwards’ feel for guarding receivers might be his biggest asset.
“I kind of have a good feel for route recognition, and now going into Year 4, I’ve seen a lot in terms of routes and where everyone should fit,” Edwards said. “I work my tail off in the books, man. I’m studying as much as I can, and it’s really giving me an edge because I think instincts are everything in this game and being able to do that is something I pride myself on.”Crowded Linebackers Room in Philly
Pro Football Focus called the Eagles linebacking corps “historically bad” in 2021 and ranked them No. 29 out of 32 NFL teams. Not this year.
Kyzir White: 26 years old
T.J Edwards: 25 years old
Nakobe Dean: 21 years old
Not only is this the best Eagles linebacker rotation in years, but they are also very young.
— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeegNFP) July 30, 2022
The analytics-driven website bumped the Birds up to No. 15 while citing Edwards and his “breakout 2021 season.” Seth Galina wrote:
A position of weakness for the Eagles in 2021 might turn into a position of strength in 2022 with the additions of rookie Nakobe Dean and veteran Kyzir White to pair alongside T.J. Edwards, who had a breakout 2021 season. Edwards has posted 75.0 grades or better in two of his three NFL seasons and is one of the more underrated players in the league.
2021 HIGHEST PFF GRADED LINEBACKERS:
1) Micah Parsons, 88.5
2) De’Vondre Campbell, 84.3
3) Darius Leonard, 78.4
4) Lavonte David, 77.6
5) Demario Davis, 76.3
6) Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, 74.4
7) TJ Edwards, 73.8
8) Fred Warner, 72.1
Shaq Thompson, 72.1
10) Kyle Van Noy, 71.2 pic.twitter.com/NqVsB4uw8j
— Mike Kennedy (@MikeKennedyNFL) January 14, 2022
The Eagles depth chart at linebacker lists Edwards (middle), White (weakside), and Haason Reddick (strongside) as the starters. That’s a bit of a misnomer since Reddick is going to be used as a “weapon of mass destruction,” or hybrid linebacker and pass rusher. Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley are the next backers up, with Nakobe Dean, Kyron Johnson, and JaCoby Stevens fighting for the scraps. Patrick Johnson and Christian Elliss are likely to be cut.
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Taylor Fritz’s model girlfriend Morgan Riddle poses in green swimsuit in New York ahead of US Open
MORGAN RIDDLE is in the tennis spirit ahead of the US Open.
The model and social media star became a fan favorite when she popped up on television screens this summer.5Morgan Riddle posed in a green bikini in New YorkCredit: INSTAGRAM 5She is dating American tennis star Taylor FritzCredit: INSTAGRAM
Riddle, 25, cheered on her boyfriend Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon earlier this year.
She stole the show on Centre Court in London as US prospect Fritz made it all the way to the quarter-finals.
Fritz, 25, eventually lost to Rafael Nadal in the last eight despite the support from his partner.
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She posed in a green bikini with gold trim in a set of poolside photos on Instagram.
Morgan looked stunning in front of a backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan.
She also chilled out and read a book while relaxing by the pool.
Morgan added the caption: "Leo szn and nicki dropped super freaky girl my powers are stronger than ever."Most read in TennisSERENA VS RADUCANU Legend Williams takes on teen US Open champ in Cincinnati showdown'REALLY FRUSTRATING' Raducanu vs Williams POSTPONED at last minute leaving fans fumingNO GO John McEnroe blasts Biden government over 'bulls***' Novak Djokovic decision'Show some respect' Nick Kyrgios hits out at fans after Daniil Medvedev is called 'loser'
The 25-year-old is a model and star on social media with a huge following on TikTok.
She has been with Fritz for two years, and opened up earlier this year on her relationship with the tennis player.
Morgan said in February: "I’m Morgan, I traveled the world on the ATP tour with my boyfriend, who is the No 1 American tennis player.
"I know that tennis is relatively uncool and unknown in America, so here’s what you should know.5Morgan Riddle stole the show at Wimbledon this yearCredit: INSTAGRAM 5She is a social media star with a glamorous lifestyleCredit: INSTAGRAM 5The 25-year-old travels the world and cheers on FritzCredit: INSTAGRAM
“Unlike most sports, tennis is a year-round sport except for four weeks off in December.
"Players compete in tournaments in 31 countries in cities like Dubai, Paris, Shanghai, London, Rome, Cabo, and many more.
"What are they playing for? Besides glory and hundreds of millions of dollars in prize money, players are competing for points.
“Each tournament gives a certain amount of points and the better you do, the more points you get.
"The more points you have, the higher your ranking is. And your ranking basically refreshes every year. No pressure.
"Tennis tournaments are not your casual sporting event with hot dogs and beer, you can expect champagne, strawberries and cream, Nobu, and getting to wear really cute outfits.”