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The Timing of Eagles Derek Barnett Season-Ending Injury

Sunday’s victory in Detroit did not come with all good news for the Philadelphia Eagles. During the second half of the game, veteran defensive end Derek Barnett went down with an injury that did not look good at all. Barnett was able to walk off the field without any assistance from the training and medical staff members, however, it was later determined that he had suffered a torn ACL.

This is not something that Philadelphia Eagles fans were looking to hear about. Although Barnett has not been the best defensive end for the Birds, he is a veteran of the team and aided in the 2017-2018 Superbowl run during his rookie season in the league.

The DE actually tested the free agency waters this offseason as it was expected he would not be with the Eagles for the 2022-2023 season, after an unsuccessful free agency stint, Barnett was resigned by the Birds to a two-year deal worth up to $14 million. During his tenure with the Eagles since the 2017 season, Barnett is credited with 64 games played, 95 solo tackles (147 total), 21.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. The numbers could be better considering the former Tennessee Vol was drafted 14th overall by the Eagles in 2017. Barnett will be missed this season, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Roseman Reloads for more Depth at DE

Eagles GM Howie Roseman did not waste any time with finding a replacement for Barnett. It was reported that the Eagles signed defensive end Janarius Robinson from the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad.

As it stands now, the depth chart for DE includes Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Tarron Jackson (healthy scratch this past Sunday), and now Janarius Robinson. Robinson was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State last year but spent the entire season on the IR with a leg injury. During his time in Tallahassee, Robinson accounted for 55 solo tackles (104 total), 20.5 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. The numbers appear to be subpar, however, the DE played under 3 different defensive coordinators during his college years. Robinson stands at 6’5″ and 260 pounds, he is said to be a fast downhill rusher and has very long arms, things coaches want in a defensive end.

In Good Timing

The timing of this signing is very convenient for the Philidelphia Eagles as they will be meeting the Vikings on September 19th for Monday Night Football and the home opener at Lincoln Financial Field. Hopefully, the newest member of the bird gang can give head coach Nick Sirianni and his staff an insight into the defensive scheme of the Vikings.

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