Eagles sign DT Akeem Spence in response to the loss of Malik Jackson

Malik Jackson out for season with Lisfranc injury

This past Sunday, Eagles starting DT Malik Jackson was carted off and was wearing a walking boot while being interviewed after the game. Both Jackson and head coach Doug Pederson said they would do tests Monday to see the severity of the injury. On Tuesday, Pederson announced that Malik Jackson will be out for the season, needing season ending surgery. This could have been a huge problem for the Eagles, but luckily with how the roster was constructed, the Eagles have one of the deepest defensive tackle rotations in the NFL. 

Behind Jackson is the likes of Tim Jernigan and Hassan Ridgeway. Those are two solid rotational lineman who can step up and somewhat fill the hole that the absence of Jackson will bring. Last year Jernigan only played the last three games of the season returning from injury. In those three games, Jernigan hardly produced which was expected. This year Jernigan came back on a 1 year, $1,000,000 deal after there was no market for him. He is on a mission to prove to everybody that he still has it in him. Here’s a video of Jernigan this offseason talking about his goals for this season.

“You will see the difference in September… ask any coach in here… ask them, they’ll tell you how I’m coming, it’s on.”

 

The Eagles traded for Hassan Ridgeway, giving up just a 7th round pick, during the 2019 NFL Draft this offseason. Ridgeway, a 4th round pick by the Colts, showed little production during his time there, but the Eagles saw something in him. Ridgeway impressed all offseason and made some plays week one. He and Jernigan both have to step up and fill the role of Malik Jackson, and there is much to be confident about heading into week 2 in Atlanta. Still, the Eagles needed to add another solid DT – and they found one, Akeem Spence.

Eagles Sign Akeem Spence

Former Miami Dolphins DT Akeem Spence played all 16 games last year and recorded 2 sacks and 42 combined tackles. In his six years in the NFL, Spence has a total of 10.5 sacks, and in his last two years, Spence had 9 QB hits, showing his ability to get to the quarterback. Clearly, Spence has shown some production and can be a veteran presence in the locker room. Here is a video from last season of Spence “Mic’d up” with the Dolphins.

You have to love the energy he has and will bring to the field in Eagles green.

It will be interesting to see how big of a loss Malik Jackson will be. We will get our first glimpse this Sunday night in Atlanta.