For the ball-hawking Eagles defense, a ‘unique player’ thrives.
In October, Davion Taylor made news when he was the answer to a Jeopardy question about his religious beliefs.
After just one month on the field, the second-year linebacker is already making waves.
Taylor has worked his way up the Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker depth chart after seeing just 32 snaps in 2020.
Over the last two weeks, the 23-year-old has played 89 snaps and now has five NFL starts under his belt.
Taylor, the 103rd overall pick in 2020, has given the defense a physical edge since he and TJ Edwards took over as starters.
Jonathan Gannon, the defensive coordinator, said, “We had a lot of guys play very physical.”
“However, I believed our entire unit had a stinger, edge, or whatever you want to call it.”
Coach Nick Sirianni (or Gardner Minshew, in a viral video) has made physicality a buzz word.
Taylor was so well-liked by the organization that veteran Eric Wilson was released.
Two forced fumbles and a team-high six solo tackles came as a result of that faith in Week 10.
“Through the reps that he’s getting, he’ll grow more and more each week,” Sirianni predicted.
“As long as he’s willing to put in the work, and he’s definitely one of those guys who is, another high-character guy who works hard, loves football, is tough, and is willing to put in the work every single day to get better.”
The sight of Davion Taylor closing downfield is breathtaking. pic.twitter.com4IU57XUj2H
November 14, 2021 — Shane Haff (@HAFFnHAFF_TPL)
When he poked Melvin Gordon’s ball loose, he made the biggest play of the day against Denver.
Darius Slay, a teammate, returned the fumble 83 yards for a touchdown.
Taylor has improved dramatically in his first five NFL starts, according to Gannon.
During that time, he has 30 tackles and has displayed his 4.39 speed on several occasions.
“He’s doing a great job.”
“He’s a one-of-a-kind player in terms of his skill set and what he can do with the ball,” Gannon said.
“In the run and pass game, we ask our linebackers to do a lot.”
He’s improving on certain plays he hasn’t seen because he hasn’t played much.
He made a few blunders, to be sure.
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