Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks shined today in his first rookie mini-camp. Kendricks displayed great instincts intercepting rookie QB Nick Foles on a pass intended for tight end Brett Brackett.
Kendricks, a product of Cal Bears, was selected by the Eagles last month in the draft 46th overall. There are a few reasons the Eagles were intrigued by Kendricks, he sound ability to tackle, speed to get to the ball carrier, and his superior ability to cover tight ends — a position the Eagles defense has traditionally struggled with. In today’s football, linebacker’s must be able to cover tight ends with aggressiveness, and this is something that has been haunting the Eagles over the past 10 years.
As previously stated, Kendricks was able to get in front of tight end Brett Brackett, a tryout guy from Penn State university that had spend his 1st season with the Miami Dolphins, and then later went to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was then cut in October of last year.
With Brackett weighing in at 6’6, 246 lbs, and Kendricks being only 5’11 242 lbs, he certainly had an incredible height disadvantage. However Kendricks didn’t let that get in his way of making the huge play. He will compete with Jamar Chaney for the strong side linebacker roll. Hopefully, these are just early flashes of great things to expect from the rookie outside linebacker.