The Philadelphia Eagles shocked many when they announced the starting weak side linebacker will be Akeem Jordan.
Opening the first three preseason games for the Eagles was second-year man Brian Rolle. Rolle made quite the impact last year in his rookie season and seemed to be one of the more steady linebackers on the roster. Once training camp started up and the players got back into the mix of things, talks of Jamar Chaney battling for Rolle’s job came about. A few weeks later, neither of those men are the winners.
“Akeem earned it,” stated Juan Castillo, the Eagles defensive coordinator.
Last year, Jordan played 15 games and racked up 40 tackles for the team. For him to beat out Brian Rolle with 41 tackles and Jamar Chaney with 67, Jordan surely must’ve showed them something special that we’ve never seem out of him before. Late bloomer? Possibly. However, even though Akeem earned the start, there is no say on how long he will keep it.
After seeing Brian Rolle dance and do a back flip at last night’s Flight Night, I’d say Rolle still has plenty of juice in him to give that starting spot another run. After all, Rolle was the only returning linebacker to start so far this offseason.
With rookie Mychal Kendricks and Demeco Ryans also apart of the linebacking corps, how will the chemistry be affected? Throwing in a new starter three games deep in preseason obviously will mix things up on the field when a player has been holding that spot for the past 12 months. If Akeem Jordan wants to remain the starter throughout the entire season, he better give it his 110%, because we all know the two other players behind him are fighting just as hard.
It’ll certainly be an interesting thing to watch for in the final preseason game against the Jets on Thursday night. Keep an eye on how the change impacts the other players and if Rolle and Chaney come in with a little extra spunk in them.