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Eagles News: Philadelphia’s most fascinating rookie

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Davion Taylor Update – Iggles Blitz
The most fascinating rookie for me is LB Davion Taylor. He went a bit earlier than some expected. I actually had him going about where the Eagles took him. Taylor does not have a traditional background. Because of his family’s religion, he didn’t play high school football. He went to a junior college and played. He then went to Colorado and became a star. Well actually, the Star LB. That’s a role where the LB plays in the slot and out in space. He is as raw as Les Bowen is old. Too harsh? Taylor is an explosive athlete and he is a physical player. This isn’t a track guy who just runs around at 100 mph and gets lucky. While he doesn’t have an extensive football background, his play shows you he is either a quick learner or he’s instinctive. Both traits help his NFL chances. Fran Duffy did another one of his excellent Film Room pieces.

Eagles’ Davion Taylor compares himself to pair of standout NFC South linebackers | Q&A with rookie draft pick –
Is there a player you grew up emulating at the linebacker position? … “To be honest, no there is not, because I didn’t grow up watching football. I didn’t start liking football until junior high, and even then, I wasn’t really watching the game. I didn’t start watching it until college, and then when I did, there were certain linebackers that I would compare myself to, like (2017 Pro Bowl linebacker) Deion Jones from the Falcons, and I also like (2019 first-team All-Pro) Demario Davis from the Saints. But those are just two linebackers that I did look up to while I was in college. I think we definitely compare, especially when it comes to Deion Jones from Atlanta, because we are both versatile players who can cover tight ends and running backs, and we can both stop the run. With Demario Davis, he’s such an aggressive player, and I feel like I’m very aggressive on the field, and when I make it to Philly, I just want to be even more aggressive and ultimately become better than both of them.”

Eagles’ cornerback outlook is more promising than it’s been in some time – BGN
When the Eagles traded for Slay earlier year, they acquired the best cornerback they’ve rostered since … Asante Samuel? It’s been too long since Philly has had a true No. 1 CB. Slay could finally be that lockdown defender the Eagles have been searching for. The contract extension the Eagles awarded to Slay makes him the NFL’s highest paid corner on an annual basis ($16.7 million per year). A recent polling of NFL executives has Slay ranked as the league’s fourth best player at his position only behind Stephon Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey, and Tre’Davious White. Slay’s standout coverage skills have earned him a Pro Bowl reputation in each of the past three years. He’s also just a few seasons removed from a first-team All-Pro effort in 2017 when he had eight interceptions paired with 26 passes defensed….

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