Eagles All-22 film overview: Marcus Epps has the makings of a superb starter

Ask and you’ll obtain. After many feedback this low season and especially last week about Marcus Epps, it is lastly time to get all the way down to his film. Let’s go.

Statistics

All stats from PFF and final season. Solely gamers with 20% are counted, which implies 98 whole gamers secure

– Ranking 72.8 PFF, ranks twenty third

– 505 photographs in whole. 86 within the field, 87 lined up on the slot, 324 to security. Totals 48% of Eagles defensive snaps.

– 87.6 run protection ranking, ranks 2nd (!!)

– Protection degree of 67.9, ranks thirty seventh

– Solely 4 missed tackles, 6.8% missed tackles, ranks 82nd.

– Aimed 21 occasions, giving up 16 receptions. Ranks seventeenth in % allowed.

– Gave up 11.2 yards per reception, ranks 51st.

Strengths

+ Has good snap timing when getting into the field as late as doable. He improved tremendously final 12 months on his capacity to get down and help in operating assist

+ Trusted males’s protection towards Gronk within the playoffs when the Eagles went to extra males’s protection and did a fantastic job, did not enable any catches. It has the flexibility to cowl tight ends in males.

+ He has the motion capacity and velocity to play man cowl towards slot machine receivers

+ Spectacular bale manufacturing figures. Get your arms on soccer, return to varsity

+ A reasonably good participant with good reactions. Hardly ever appears to be within the unsuitable place or taken the unsuitable approach. At all times appears to be across the ball and has good instincts

+ Good acceleration and aggressiveness within the racing sport, it could descend rapidly

+ Wonderful click on and shut velocity in man cowl

+ The Eagles appeared to belief him with a late rotation final 12 months, one thing we’ve not seen a lot within the first half of the season

+ Not only a deep security, performed within the field final 12 months and went all the way down to operating assist. I do not assume you possibly can play it secure within the trendy NFL with out that versatility.

Weaknesses

– Barely undersized and has struggled with physique and deal with in earlier years. Not a heavy hitter and will be pushed backwards for further yards. Did not have an issue with the deal with final 12 months however hardly ever stops a operating again in his tracks.

– I felt he may very well be extra aggressive in space protection however I feel that is how he’s taught by Gannon

– Could wrestle to get out of blocks if caught with a superb run blocking the tight finish

– Performs in a system that makes it fairly straightforward on the secondary. It isn’t a weak spot, but it surely’s price mentioning that you simply count on to see fewer large performs towards him.

Globally

So, I will be completely trustworthy, assessing the safety sport might be as exhausting because it will get. I discover it straightforward to categorize securities into 3 important classes.

1. Elite participant who considerably improves the workforce.

2. A superb newbie who does not make enormous errors and does the precise factor.

3. A weak starter that must be changed.

I’d say after fairly a couple of films over the past two years, Marcus Epps is fairly clearly in class 2. You do not see him make enormous errors and you do not discover him a lot (which is an effective factor). I used to be shocked at what number of snaps he performed final 12 months as a result of despite the fact that I believed he had a superb season, I did not understand how nicely he was enjoying. I feel he is perhaps nearer to Tier 1 than Tier 2 and I would love the Eagles to increase him (I feel he is heading into the final 12 months of his contract) as a result of I really feel that he may very well be on the verge of getting an excellent season.

I feel Epps is admittedly good in protection, each zone and man, and has finished so much to enhance his physique within the operating sport. I bear in mind seeing Epps miss fairly a couple of tackles the 12 months earlier than and questioning if he had the physicality to play much more snaps and I feel he proved he might. It was clearly his greatest weak spot and I feel he managed to resolve it.

I feel he benefited from the change in sample final 12 months and is ready to rotate late which has allowed the Eagles to get extra protection because the season progressed. I feel Jaquiski Tartt is a bit more of an impact player as a result of his punching fashion and physicality, Epps is a little more versatile together with his man-in-the-lunge protection capacity.

All in all, I count on the Eagles to rotate Epps, Harris and Tartt subsequent 12 months, however I would not be shocked if Epps performed plenty of snaps, and I would not thoughts that in any respect. He is in all probability not going to make the distinction, however he persistently does what this protection calls for at a reasonably good degree.

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