Mychal Kendricks was crticized during the early portion of the season for disappearing in chunks of games and not making any impact plays. He has silenced those doubters. Kendricks has strung together consecutive strong performances as the young, second-year linebacker looks to be coming into form playing in Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis‘ 3-4 defense.
Kendricks has been around they ball constantly the past few weeks. He has shared a lead with fellow inside linebacker Demeco Ryans for total tackles the past two weeks and is quickly reacting instead of thinking on the field, which is always a big obstacle for a young defender.
We always knew Kendricks had the skill. He has prototypical speed, strength and athleticism for an inside linebacker. He just had to put it all together mentally. It looks like he has finally done that.
The Eagles could desperately use impact plays from their linebacking crew. Right now, they aren’t getting much of a pass rush from the outside linebackers as Connor Barwin leads the team with three sacks. Blitzing and the play of the front three is what has created havoc thus far.
That needs to change if this defense wants to take the next step. Kendricks’ emergence could go a long way toward that. The middle of the field is in good hands with he and Ryans patrolling.
The young player needs to become consistent, though. We have seen flashes of brilliance from him before only to be followed by a few down weeks. Stringing together good performances week to week will be the key to him taking that next step. Kendricks is off to a good start though. He very well may be the next Eagles stud inside linebacker.