The Philadelphia Eagles need a lot to go right for them during the upcoming NFL season, and Mychal Kendricks’ play is on that list. Entering his third season, it is time for Kendricks to take his play to a Pro-Bowl level.
Kendricks has steadily improved over his first two NFL seasons, and is entering his second year in Billy Davis’ 3-4 defense. While he has shown glimpses of an all-pro caliber type of player, Kendricks has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. However, he seemed to really take off during the second half of last year.
With sideline-to-sideline capability, Kendricks finished the 2013 season with 106 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, and three interceptions. All of his sacks came after Week 8, when his play really picked up. Kendricks has the ability to rush the quarterback, as well as cover a tight end down the field. The Eagles will need all of that and then some during 2014.
With Demeco Ryans being the voice of the Eagles’ defense, Kendricks has a good mentor playing alongside of him. However, while Ryans is still only 29 years old, there is still no guarantee that he will be on the roster past this season. That means Kendricks will have to take a dramatic step forward and cut out the mistakes he made in 2013.
The Eagles defense surprised a lot of people last season, and Kendricks was part of the reason why. He has the skill motor and work ethic to be a great player in this league. Now, is just time he needs to put it all together. For Philadelphia to return to the playoffs, and eventually get past the first round, Kendricks needs to be in the Pro-Bowl discussion. With this team continuing to improve, that discussion is not far-fetched whatsoever.