The Eagles explain why they cut Eric Wilson, a ‘premium position’ depth player.

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The Eagles explain why they cut Eric Wilson, a ‘premium position’ depth player.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Eric Wilson started the 2021 season as a starting linebacker. After eight weeks, the five-year veteran has been relegated to the scrap heap. Wilson was benched and released by the squad as part of a youth movement at the position.

Wilson’s inclusion as a healthy scratch versus Detroit was a foregone conclusion. In seven games, the 27-year-old has 43 total tackles and one interception (two starts). Nick Sirianni, the team’s head coach, intimated that he wasn’t doing enough on special teams to earn a roster position.

In recent practices, Davion Taylor has stood out. In Week 8, the second-year linebacker played a career-high 39 defensive snaps. Shaun Bradley and Alex Singleton taking on larger roles were also noted by Sirianni as reasons for Wilson’s departure.

“We had certain individuals who wanted to provide Davion more playing time because he was maturing and doing some good things,” Sirianni said of Taylor. “And then on special teams, obviously the backup linebackers are such an important part of the special teams – not that Eric didn’t play well on special teams or didn’t do his job when he was in at practice on special teams – but Shaun has really thrived on special teams, and Alex is our special teams captain.”

In Sunday’s win over the #Lions, the #Eagles LBs were very active downhill. TJ Edwards and Davion Taylor both amazed me with their play – watch all of these plays numerous times with your eyes on both of them! #FlyEaglesFly

Watch #LACvsPHI on CBS on November 7th at 4:05 p.m. pic.twitter.com/ylMxQdx6uP

November 2, 2021 — Fran Duffy (@EaglesXOs)

Wilson’s signing was viewed as a coup in the offseason, with a one-year contract at $2.75 million and a low cap hit. In 2020, his Vikings teammates dubbed him a “walking turnover.” This isn’t the year. With a 35.2 overall rating, Wilson was the Eagles’ lowest linebacker (via Pro Football Focus).

“Obviously, we’re disappointed that Eric didn’t work out here,” Sirianni said, “but he did come in and fill a job for us.” “I told him last night that I’ll always be grateful for what he’s done for the organization, for the culture we’re trying to create… Nokia News – Quick Recap

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