Eagles defenders discuss their initial plan over Vic Fangio problem

The most overrated free agent signing by the Eagles at his position

The linebacker position was one that the Philadelphia Eagles focused on during the free agency period, adding veteran depth in addition to players selected recently. Not everyone, though, is certain that one of the high-profile additions will succeed.

Devin White, an Eagles free agent, was included in Bleacher Report’s list of the NFL’s most overrated players at every position. White was chosen to start at linebacker.

Kay notes, “White tends to be a liability in coverage.” This played a part in those severe markings. In each of his first four seasons, he gave up completion rates of 75 percent or more, allowing 70 catches on 84 targets in 2020 and 64 completions on 78 targets in 2021.

“White was even benched for the first time in his career at the end of the previous season. He has missed a lot of crucial tackles and gives up big plays as frequently as he makes them.” Coaches and teammates were apparently offended by White’s attitude, according to Tampa Bay Times source Rick Stroud.

In an attempt to provide a seasoned presence and playmaking skills to a young position group that includes players like Nakobe Dean, Jeremiah Trotter Jr., a rookie, and Nolan Smith, a former first-round choice, the Eagles signed White to a one-year contract worth up to $7.5 million.

White, 26, has a Pro Bowl participation on his resume, won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, and is currently a member of the Eagles.
hoping that a change of scenery will help put whatever issues plagued him in Tampa Bay behind him.

Eagles defenders discuss their initial thoughts on Vic Fangio

The Eagles’ defensive swoon over the final seven games of the 2023 season played an instrumental role in Philadelphia’s collapse and ultimately led to former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s firing.

“Our team is built on leadership and guys always willing to go out for the other guy,” Eagles cornerback Darius Slay told reporters, of new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “I think he’s a guy that’s just gonna build a team up with great energy. He’s been in a room with a lot of great vets.

“You have a team full of vets that’s been with a lot of coaches. Not one time since I’ve been here someone has said something bad or negative about the DC, because we always go hard for him. It doesn’t matter who it is.”

Fangio arrives in Philadelphia amid criticism from his former players in Miami about his inability to communicate and foster meaningful relationships with them.

“It’s the fact that he’s a good person that makes a difference,” Dolphins safety Javon Holland told reporters, when asked what it has been like working with new defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver, following Fangio’s departure.

Meanwhile, as far as first impressions go, Eagles defensive lineman Jalen Carter already sees what has made the 65-year-old so successful.

“I think it’s just — I’m all about old school football,” Jalen Carter told reporters on May 22. “If you know Apopka High School, where I’m from. The city of Apopka (Florida). Our coach was old school with everything we did. So it’s always been old school, hard work you know?

“I’m ready to be coached in any kinda way. Old school, new school, whatever you wanna call it.”


Eagles Rookie Potentially Biggest Benefactor of DeVante Parker’s Retirement

Eagles wide receiver DeVante Parker has retired after nine NFL seasons, creating a fascinating competition for the team’s No. 3 wide receiver role.

While veteran newcomer Parris Cambell will likely get an early chance to secure the slot receiver job, after catching 20 passes for 104 yards with the New York Giants last season, it’s one of the Eagles’ rookies who may have the most upside alongside A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.

Ainias Smith was chosen by the Eagles in the fifth round of this year’s draft, out of Texas A&M, and is already impressing the coaching staff this spring.

“His ability to run after the catch. His ability to get in and out of breaks. I think he is extremely tough. I love that about him. That’s really what sticks out. Catches the ball really well,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said, via ESPN. “It’s going to be fun to see how we can get him the football and different ways that he can contribute both on special teams and on offense.”

hoping that a change of scenery will help put whatever issues plagued him in Tampa Bay behind him.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Smith averaged 15 yards per reception last season while catching 53 receptions for a career-high 795 yards at College Station. He also finished with two touchdowns.

With the Eagles’ potent offense, Smith’s quickness, adaptability, and big-play potential should help him get on the field early.

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