Redemption for Avery in San Francisco
Howie Roseman has made some questionable decisions in the past. One of them was trading for Genard Avery last season. A fourth-round pick seemed like way too much to give up for a guy that hasn't even started a game for the Eagles. Then, in just 16 snaps, Avery made the trade seem worth it.
Despite only 16 snaps against San Francisco, Avery led the team with five quarterback hits and he added a sack and a tackle for a loss. He was instrumental in the Rodney McLeod interception in the second quarter and a momentum-killing rush late in the fourth quarter. Previous to this game, Avery had only recorded half a sack in his previous 10 games with the team.
The Memphis University product will continue to play in a rotational role on a stacked defensive line, but he definitely will see more time on the field if he produces the way he did against the 49ers.
Avery has a much different skill set than that of Brandon Graham or Josh Sweat. His speed is closer to an outside linebacker than a defensive end, which should have made him a dangerous threat far sooner than this past game.
Let's hope this is a sign of things to come for Avery and that his past struggles were all related to the knee injury that kept him out of training camp. It'll make the Eagles defensive line even stronger than it already is.