Mychal Kendricks Could Be In Position To StartBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, Linebackers, News Monday, May 14th, 2012
Eagles second round draft pick Mychal Kendricks was making plays at again today, as the Birds rookies had their last practice during this year’s rookie camp. The five workouts give the team’s rookies a chance to familiarize themselves with the Eagles offensive and defensive systems.
Kendricks used his speed and quickness to cut underneath a couple of routes by a couple of the rookie running backs. The second round linebacker was in man-to-man coverage on the plays, he recognized the routes, cut underneath them, then launched himself in the air, so he could knock down the passes.
The young man has shown very clearly in the five workouts that he’s quite an athlete. We had to ask Eagles head coach Andy Reid about him when the workout finished.
“We’re going to have a staff meeting here, we’re going to go over all that stuff, but I’m going to tell you he looked good out here,” Reid said about Kendricks. “He made a lot of plays and got his hands on the ball. We just got to see where he gets the most reps and normally that’s with the ones.”
I can tell you right now that it’s going to be very difficult to get Kendricks off the field on third downs because he has the speed and quickness of a defensive back, but the size and tackling ability of a linebacker.
Kendricks will be battling veteran linebacker Jamar Chaney, who won’t be able to participate in the upcoming spring workouts. He won’t be able to get back to action until training camp. That could open the door for Kendricks and make it nearly impossible for Chaney to win his job back.
Kendricks has a much higher football I.Q. than former Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims. He’s far ahead of Sims right now because someone has educated him on the importance of mental preparation for the NFL game. You’ve got to do more than just run and tackle in the NFL. A good linebacker has have a good idea what the opposing offense is trying to do to him.
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