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Timmy Jernigan Extension Portends Future Dominance




The timing of DT Timmy Jernigan‘s extension couldn’t have come at a better time. Having buried myself in stats that highlighted the Philadelphia Eagles dominance against the run, Jernigan’s impact became obvious.

In 2016, the Eagles defense allowed 100+ rushing yards on seven occasions and only held opponents under 50 yards in two games. In 2017, the Eagles defense have allowed only one 100+ yard rushing performance while already holding teams under 50 yards  in three games. Last year’s average of 103.2 rushing yards (15th in the league) has transformed into a stifling 66.4 average that leads the league, and it’s not close.

Taking a deeper look into their success and it becomes obvious that teams have simply decided that there are better, or less tragic options, than running the ball on the Eagles.

Taking quarterback runs out of the equation, no team has run the ball with their running backs or otherwise 20 times in a single game. Even when factoring in Carolina Panthers’ QB Cam Newton’s 11-71-1 rushing day against the Eagles in Week 6, the rest of the Panthers ball-carriers ran 14 times for 9 yards and a pathetic 0.64 average. It was clear in that game that the Panthers wanted no part of running into the teeth of the defense, often opting for toss and stretch plays that attempted to attack the perimeter.

Overall, the Eagles hold non-QB ball-carriers to 3.09 yards per carry.

To pile on for a moment longer, the Eagles have had 599 defensive snaps. Only 135 of those have been carries by players other than quarterbacks, which works out to 22.54%. Leveraging rivalry week for a comparison, I looked at the same situation for the Dallas Cowboys. In 517 snaps, 159 carries were from a non-QB, for 30.75% and a 4.65 average, significantly higher than the Eagles.

The Eagles have done an excellent job scheming disruption along the front lines and are getting top notch play from each of their linemen.

DE Brandon Graham is becoming notorious for sniffing out run directions, using his keys to get an advantage on backside pursuit. DT Fletcher Cox anchors very well against doubles and is often seen taking guards and centers to the skating rink. DE Vinny Curry has played with good gap discipline, something that he improved on vastly this year, combined with good timing when shedding blocks. Rookie DE Derek Barnett processes blocking schemes with surprising efficiency for a 21 year old and leads the team in run stop percentage with 16.4%. Depth pieces Destiny Vaeao and Beau Allen have combined for an effective 11 run stops on 109 snaps.

DT Jimmy Jernigan has been the biggest boost among the newcomers, possessing a quick first step with violent hands that wreaks havoc to blocking schemes. Recording 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks, the story of Jernigan’s impact isn’t properly represented by box score scouting. He has freed up Cox to get singled up more frequently and has helped the defense, as a whole, consistently create a new line of scrimmage in the backfield.

On Locked On Eagles, we have talked more than a few times about Jernigan being the priority in the group of players needing to be re-signed.

With a brand new 4-year, $48 million dollar contract with $26 million in guarantees, the General Manager Howie Roseman has a made a strong move to ensure the Eagles run defense remains tops in the league for the foreseeable future.

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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Philadelphia Eagles

Is WR Quez Watkins the next late-round steal?

Louie DiBiase



Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

On today’s Locked On Eagles:

Could rookie WR Quez Watkins be the next late-round steal for the Eagles?

Louie sits down with one of the best up and coming college coaches in Southern Miss WR Coach Scotty Walden to discuss what the Eagles have in Watkins. Walden gets into the maturation he saw from Watkins throughout college both on and off the field, his elite speed, and the other strengths and weaknesses of his game

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Philadelphia Eagles

All-Time Eagles Simulation Game #1: Louie vs Lars

Louie DiBiase



Louie DiBiase takes on Lars Lewis in the Locked On Eagles “All-Time Eagles Simulation” season opener!

A battle between Carson Wentz and Randall Cunningham kicks off the regular season stage of the simulation through Madden 2004.

Team Louie:                                                                                                

QB- Carson Wentz                                                                         

RB- Ricky Watters                                                                                

RB-Jay Ajayi                                                                                              

WR- Harold Carmichael                                                                              

WR- Jeremy Maclin                                                                                    

WR- Nelson Agholor                                                                                    

TE- Zach Ertz and Keith Jackson                                                              

OT- Bob Brown                                                                                            

OG- Evan Mathis                                                                                        

C- Stefen Wisniewski                                                                                  

OG- Jim Ringo                                                                                               

OT- Lane Johnson   


DE- Clyde Simmons                                                                                     

DT- Fletcher Cox                                                                                           

DT- Mike Patterson                                                                                       

DE- Greg Brown                                                                                           

LB- Mychal Kendricks                                                                                  

LB- DeMeco Ryans                                                                                       

LB- Frank LeMaster                                                                                       

CB- Sheldon Brown                                                                                        

CB- Brandon Boykin                                                                                        

CB- Lito Sheppard                                                                                        

S- Wes Hopkins                                                                                                

S- Rodney McLeod       


Team Lars:

QB- Randall Cunningham

RB- LeSean McCoy

RB- Harold Carmichael

WR- DeSean Jackson

WR- Irving Fryar

WR- Fred Barnett

TE- Dallas Goedert and Pete Retzlaff

OT- Al Wistert

OG- Shawn Andrews

C- David Alexander

OG- Brandon Brooks

OT- Jerry Sismore

DE- Brandon Graham

DT- Michael Bennett 

DT- Jevon Kearse

DE- Hugh Douglas

LB- Byron Evans

LB- Seth Joyner

LB- Bill Berey

CB- Eric Allen

CB- Avonte Maddox

CB- Roynell Young

S- Cre’Von LeBlanc

S- Andre Watters


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Philadelphia Eagles

Philly is the land of the mobile QB

Louie DiBiase



Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

On today’s Locked On Eagles:

Throughout the Eagles history…..the organization has been the King of the mobile QB

Has it been a philosophy of the organization’s to have a scrambler under center?

A look at how this trend has spread from Philadelphia across the entire NFL landscape

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