Timing of Timmy Jernigan trade eases reported loss of Beau Allen and other Philadelphia Eagles news
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links take a look at a position the team recently boosted, along with the signing of another body in the quarterback room.
The Eagles traded for defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan last week, and he stepped into a position group that was looking to replace the departed Bennie Logan. The consensus appeared to be that Jernigan would get more than an adequate chance to show what he can do. His role increased after Beau Allen reportedly suffered a pectoral injury working out. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Allen will have surgery Wednesday and miss the offseason, though the team hopes to have him back by Week 1.
#Eagles DT Beau Allen, who ruptured his pec last week while benching, will have surgery Wednesday to repair it, source said. Goal is Week 1.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2017
Allen played more than 40 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps as the No. 3 defensive tackle behind Fletcher Cox and Logan. With Logan leaving, there was the chance for him to take on a larger role in Jim Schwartz’s defense. That will fall on Jernigan now.
ESPN.com’s Tim McManus writes that the timing of the situation “makes what could have been a worrisome situation a more manageable one.” Jernigan had five sacks last season in Baltimore’s 3-4 defense, and he could prove to be a valuable weapon in Schwartz’s aggressive scheme. Time will tell, and the Eagles could address the position in the draft or in the latter stages of free agency.
In other news, the preseason schedule — except for the exact dates and times — was released Monday. Feel the excitement.
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