Part five of our New to the Nest series examines a very under-the-radar offseason move when the Eagles decided to bring Timmy Jernigan up the I-95 corridor.
Bio/Contract: After losing defensive tackle Bennie Logan via free agency to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Eagles had to find a replacement. The team worked the phones to inquire about Baltimore’s Timmy Jernigan and ultimately traded down 25 spots in the third round of the 2017 draft to acquire him before the draft. Jernigan was a second round selection out of Florida State in 2014 for the Ravens and has one year remaining on his 4-year, $4,382,517 rookie deal.
Career: Timmy started his career as a rotational player before stepping in as a full-time starter last season. He has struggled with week-to-week consistency in his first three years.
Jernigan was Baltimore’s best interior pass-rusher last season, but he finished the year on a declining trend in both snaps and production. He sacked the opposing QB five times in his first nine games but had none in the final seven weeks, thus making him expendable in the front office’s eyes.
Projection: Jernigan has a lot to prove to not only a new team but the league in general if he wishes to test the free agency market. He must become more consistent and put together a good campaign on the field. In order to do so, he must play more than 12 games.
We expect him to stay consistent with his career numbers, yet raise his production a bit in tackles and sacks as Timmy will benefit from the other players on the team’s defensive front line. Jernigan will be spelled by backup Beau Allen which is great for depth should he miss a start.
- Part six of the series will continue with veteran WR Torrey Smith who is looking to bring his work ethic, leadership, and breakaway speed to Philly.