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Kyzir White: 6 things to know about the Eagles’ new linebacker

Desperate for help at linebacker, the Philadelphia Eagles added a projected starter to the position by signing Kyzir White.

In order to learn more about Philadelphia’s newest defenseman, I thought it would be beneficial for Bleeding Green Nation readers to get an insider’s look at him. Michael Peterson of Bolts from the blueHere’s what SB Nation’s Los Angeles Chargers blog rep had to say.

1 – How would you sum up White’s time with the Chargers?

White came to the Chargers as a converted safety, a position he held for several seasons in West Virginia. He gained 15-20 pounds before the 2018 regular season and won a starting job which he kept for about three games before going down with season-ending surgery.

After struggling to stay on the pitch consistently through the 2019 and 2020 campaigns, White finally saw the breakout season we all knew he was capable of in his first season at the new 3-4 defense. by Brandon Staley. even with superstars Derwin James and Joey Bosa playing on the same team. His passion and energy was contagious and his play really allowed the Chargers to drag some games they might have had no business in.

2 – What do Chargers fans think about the team not re-signing him?

Chargers fans, myself included, are pretty stunned the team didn’t re-sign White, especially after seeing him sign for a very manageable $5 million. Without White, the Chargers linebacker room is extremely shallow and almost devoid of any truly hard-hitting talent. As it stands, you’re looking at Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquill, Nick Niemann and Amen Ogbongbemiga.

While the team has made a handful of very smart moves to build unity ahead of the upcoming season, it seems so questionable that they completely ignore an entire position on the pitch. only as good as your weakest player,” then the Chargers are doing themselves no favors by quitting White.

3 – I saw you praised White as the Chargers’ biggest pleasant surprise of the 2021 season on BFTB. Why do you think he took a long time to emerge and do you consider him a rising talent?

As I mentioned above, White started for the Chargers immediately as a rookie. He notched his first career interception against the Bills in Week 3 of this season minutes before succumbing to a season-ending injury. This knee injury plagued him for two more. years before he had the chance to lead the defense again in 2021. Now, more than three years after the initial injury, White looked revitalized and locked in all season, whether it was time or simply the new defense he was playing in, White looked much more comfortable and that comfort allowed him to play in another kit that we hadn’t seen from him until now.

4 – What are its strengths?

White’s athleticism really shone last season as a former college kid. linebacker at the professional level. I think the biggest thing White improved on last season was just being a reliable and consistent player every time he’s on the pitch. Glaring errors were rare and he became the type of player where if he didn’t make at least one splash play to bolster the defense, it was considered an ‘off’ day for White.

5 – What are its weaknesses?

Although he has improved a lot in the area in 2021, White has struggled to cover in 2020. He was among the top 10 linebackers by yards allowed in coverage throughout this campaign, which is not s is not well associated with Kenneth Murray – a rookie. at the time – who was also in that same top 10. So that might be a bit of a stretch, but I would just be wary that his improvement in 2021 could have only been a one-year thing.

If I had to quote anything else, I’d say White could still improve by taking blockers at the point of attack. In terms of weight, he’s still hovering around 230lbs and he’s never been someone to seek contact between tackles. makes his best plays when he’s able to scrape the top and beat blockers on the spot with his speed and athleticism.

6 – Anything to know about him off the pitch?

I don’t have much to say about this one, which is generally a good thing in the NFL. White is a role model off the pitch. He is active on social media and truly loves his fans. He never had any problems with the league. and has always been one of the funniest players to talk to while on the podium. Eagles fans will love this guy.

BLG’s opinion: There are signs that White is a savvy addition. He has just completed a career year when he has just turned 26. He seems to be a rising talent. That Chargers fans are upset about losing him is another positive indicator. Howie Roseman’s questionable background The number of free agent linebacker signings naturally dampens the excitement surrounding White’s signing. But with a contract worth up to $5 million, the Eagles are spending more than they typically do in the position. The one year nature of this deals with the risk if white flops. If White plays well, the Eagles can re-sign him to make it a long-term fixture or allow him to walk into free agency to help their compensatory draft formula next offseason. All told, it’s hard not to love this move. The Eagles are making a good bet on a player who can potentially be a good starter for them.

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