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The Eagles are heavily invested in their EDGE defenders, that’s no secret. Brandon Graham was given extra incentives added to his contract this season that politely encouraged him to get to the QB. Vinny Curry has begun to live up to his 5 years 47 million dollar contract, at least against the run. Tennessee all-time sack leader Derek Barnett was selected 14th overall to add extra juice.

What if I told you that despite all those investments, the Eagles were getting their most important pass rushing performance from the interior?

Some quick numbers…

Eagles EDGE defenders total 584 pass rush snaps with 71 pressures and 9 sacks. That’s a pressure on 12% of snaps and a sack on 1.5%.

Eagles interior defenders total 481 pass rush snaps with 41 pressures and 6 sacks. That’s a pressure on 8.5% of snaps and a sack on 1.2%.

The stalwart of the interior of the defense has undoubtable been Fletcher Cox, who accounts for 12 pressures and 3 sacks. Justin Hamilton has provided a boost in the rotation on limited snaps, totaling 5 pressures on 33 snaps. Beau Allen has double-digit pressures in a fairly large role.

The Eagles main addition on the interior, acquired via trade with the Ravens that involved moving back 25 spots in the 2017 draft, has been Timmy Jernigan. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s been in on 159 pass rushing snaps, totaling 12 pressures and 2 sacks.

Jernigan has also been stout against the run, acting as a disrupting force and making life easier for those behind and around him. The former 2nd round selection has surprising burst off the snap for a near-300 pounder and combines that with active and violent hands.

The Eagles have produced 16 sacks, tied for 13th in the league, and own a run defense that is only allowing a league best 65.7 yards per game. With premier front-line play, CB Ronald Darby coming back from injury soon, and whispers that rookie CB Sidney Jones may join the team soon, the Eagles may be able to unleash the full arsenal of Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme sooner than later.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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