PST: Connor Barwin's early take on Marcus Smith

PST: Connor Barwin's early take on Marcus Smith
May 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Connor Barwin had a solid first season with the Eagles, registering five sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery, and constantly being in the right place at the right time.

But still, the Eagles knew they needed pass rush help and addressed the need in the first round of the draft with Louisville's Marcus Smith.

The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business, so the easy assumption would be that Barwin would feel a bit uneasy about the addition.

Not the case at all.

"I obviously have been around Marcus the most," Barwin said as a guest on Thursday's edition of Philly Sports Talk. "It's been really good so far, he seems like a humble kid. ... Me and Trent [Cole] have given him some advice, he seems to be picking up the defense."

Does Barwin feel any trepidation about mentoring Smith, a player who could cut into his own playing time?

"You know you're on a good team when the best players teach the young guys how to take their job, and I heard that my rookie year and it really kind of resonated with me," Barwin said.

"And I will try to teach [Smith] tricks of the trade that I've learned in my six years. It'll make him a better player, but in my last five years it'll make me a better player. He's gonna inspire me or challenge me to be better."

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