The Philadelphia Eagles linebacking core has gone through an extreme makeover this offseason. They have gone from a shack that is unlivable to a dream house. Players like Jamar Chaney and Akeem Jordan have gone from starters to quality backups.
DeMeco Ryans is the key to makeover this summer. The Eagles sent a fourth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans and also swapped third-round draft picks in order to acquire Ryan's services. The Eagles now have a Pro Bowl linebacker who makes everyone better around him.
The Eagles now have seven linebackers on their roster who have started a game before. Their backups aren't new kids on the block who will play like a deer in the headlights if they are forced to start due to an injury to a starter. Injuries will happen in the NFL. Having quality and experienced backups cannot be overrated at any position.
The linebackers were a major weakness in 2011. They got bullied against the run and couldn't cover any tight ends. It doesn't matter how good your corners are if you can't stop the run or if your linebackers are getting torched by the tight ends.
Here is my breakdown of the top nine linebackers on the Eagles roster. All but rookie Mychal Kendricks and second-year player Greg Lloyd, Jr. have started at least one game. All have a shot at making the 53-man roster.