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Eagles LB Jamar Chaney

Eagles LB Jamar Chaney

October 1 Philadelphia Daily News:

“He isn’t starting, like first-round rookie defensive end Brandon Graham or second-round rookie free safety Nate Allen, but Jamar Chaney was the backup to middle linebacker Stewart Bradley last week, activated ahead of veteran Omar Gaither, at the most important and complex position on the linebacking corps.

That’s not bad for a seventh-round pick from Mississippi State.

Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott yesterday called Chaney “a very mature individual, almost beyond his years at this point, in terms of his NFL experience.”

“You not only have to know what you’re supposed to do, you have to know all the checks and whatnot,” Chaney said, when asked about playing the middle. “Everybody on defense should know [those things], but it’s up to the MIKE to actually know it.”

“You only get a couple of opportunities in the league. Me being a seventh-round pick, when my opportunity comes, God forbid, if something happened to Stew, I’m ready. It’d be hard for them to take me out if I do go in there,” Chaney said.

Chaney, 6-foot, 242 pounds, was drafted at least partly because of his impressive 4.54 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. His main role, assuming good health for Bradley, is to play on special teams, where the Eagles have been up and down so far.

“Don’t go down there being timid,” Chaney said, when asked how he approaches the job. “Go down there just full speed, blowing stuff up . . . Special teams is just [spheroids] to the wall, to me.””

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