Mosher's Mailbag: Move Kendricks to OLB?

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Mosher's Mailbag: Move Kendricks to OLB?

September 3, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Mychal Kendricks has shown this preseason that he's the Eagles' best cover linebacker. (USA Today Images)

Q. Hi Jeff, is it possible that the Eagles would move Mike Kendricks to outside LB and let Jake Nott Start inside? While then moving Trent Cole Back to DE?”

- Aquil McKnight


Hello, Aquil. (By the way, it’s Geoff, not Jeff. And Knott, not Nott. Wow that’s a mouthful!) Anyway, when the Eagles are in base defense, Mychal Kendricks is staying at inside linebacker. Kendricks has shown this preseason that he’s a fairly adept pass rusher, but he’s also the team’s best cover linebacker and his ability to drop and run with tight ends is equally -- if not more -- important to this defense than getting to the quarterback. 

Jake Knott is a pleasant surprise for a rookie free agent, but he’s not ready to start and the team isn’t yet ready to scrap its adjustment to the 3-4 scheme just to get Knott onto the field. It’s possible that new coordinator Billy Davis could get creative in sub packages with some formations that get Knott onto the field and move Kendricks outside into a pass-rushing role but the majority of pass rush from the outside linebacker spot will come from Cole, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin.

Q. Do you think there might be a trade over the next few days?
- @PhillyBird66

At this point, I’d say there’s a 10 percent chance the Eagles swing a deal, but it wouldn’t be a blockbuster. If they can land a young, promising outside linebacker via trade, they’d have the needed depth at that position. Same for wide receiver or tight end. As I write this, the Eagles still have a vacancy on the practice squad, which leads me to believe they could still make an addition to their 53-man roster and then fill that last spot on the practice squad with the player they would have to waive to clear room for the newcomer.

Q. Surprised that Dennis Dixon is not on the practice squad?
- @Nick_Ellis_


Not really. Teams usually don’t carry four quarterbacks. If they kept Dixon to run the scout team, there wouldn’t be enough reps in practice for Matt Barkley. Vick will get the majority of reps and Nick Foles will probably get more than your average backup. Barkley will run the scout team, which gives him a chance to keep developing and working on his footwork and mechanics. The surprise is that they didn’t keep Russell Shepard, a wide receiver from LSU who also played quarterback and running back, on the 53-man roster. I thought he’d be the perfect fit on a team that lacks wide receiver depth, and the Eagles could have used Shepard’s quarterback experience on the scout team to prepare for guys like RG3 and Cam Newton.

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