The Eagles have been catching heat for the play of their young linebackers. Time will tell if they missed on two other guys.
Philadelphia drafted Davion Taylor in the third round (103rd overall), then added Shaun Bradley in the sixth round (196) with the intention of bringing them along slowly. Well, the plan has been going at a snail’s pace. Taylor has seen 22 total snaps and Bradley has 12, all of them solely on special teams.
Meanwhile, the Eagles will face a pair of rookie linebackers this week that the team actually scouted heavily during the draft process. Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither went to the Bengals after being high on Philly’s radar, according to special teams coordinator Dave Fipp.
“A couple young linebackers doing a good job for them, 55 [Logan Wilson] the rookie and 59 [Akeem Davis-Gaither] the rookie, are both playing well,” Fipp said. “We liked those guys coming out in the draft, too.”
Wilson (65th overall) was already off the board by the time the Eagles took Taylor, while Davis-Gaither (107) went four picks after Taylor in the fourth round. Confused yet? It doesn’t really matter, water under the bridge. But it is mildly interesting to chart the way Cincinnati is using their rookie linebackers, though.
Rookie fourth-round OLB/Overhang Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB 59) gets walked onto the LOS by motion. Watch him disconnect TE from ground, reset his hands, and occupy the fold block while closing the running lane.
Great look for a 215-pounder! pic.twitter.com/Y3yP7jwifL
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 21, 2020
Wilson has been on the field for 71 defensive snaps (36 defense, 35 special teams) while Davis-Gaither has seen 74 snaps (39 defense, 35 special teams). They are far from starters but they are way ahead of Taylor and Bradley in their development.
Both players look like young studs in the making. Especially Davis-Gaither. He has been making plays left and right for the Bengals. The 215-pounder has the third-most pressures among all rookies through the first two weeks, per Pro Football Focus.
#Eagles were high on LB Akeem Davis-Gaither and LB Logan Wilson coming out of college. #Bengals took Wilson in 3rd round (65th overall) & Davis-Gaither in the 4th (107th). Meanwhile, Philly took Davion Taylor …read more