It was refreshing to see Billy Davis‘ unit step up in their second preseason game, even if it was against a lesser opponent. Across the board, the players looked relaxed, set in their roles, and flew to the football. They generated pressure and disrupted the flow of the opposing offense. A few Philadelphia Eagles‘ players in their second season are ready for a breakout year.
In the last two games, Vinny Curry has played like he is fighting for his life on the roster and that is probably close to the truth. He’s been all over the field, making plays and chasing ball carriers. He has tackled well and executed his position change, moving from end to linebacker. Curry, if he stays healthy and plays at this pace, will be assured of a spot in the defensive rotation.
After a shaky start in Game 1, Fletcher Cox made his presence known this week. He has a huge ceiling and has the most pure talent on the line. He should benefit from Davis’ scheme change and should keep improving as the season progresses.
Mychal Kendricks, like Curry, showed up this week and displayed his blitzing ability. He lived in the backfield, putting pressure on Cam Newton and disrupting plays. Kendricks fell off at the end of last season and if he can recover and maintain this level of play, he could see his first of many Pro Bowl selections.
Brandon Boykin initially had mixed results, but finished strong as the game continued. He added his defensive play with a quality kick return late in the game. Boykin’s skills on special teams only serves to highlight his athleticism at corner. He will man the slot this year and make an impact on the defense.
Davis will enjoy a year of high-level play from his squad members in their second seasons. Do not be surprised to see more than one of them in the Pro Bowl this season.