The Philadelphia Eagles needed a big performance out of their defense against the 49ers last Sunday, and they got it. Philly’s defense forced three turnovers, scored a touchdown, and sacked San Francisco’s quarterbacks five times. Ultimately, the Eagles would get a big road victory against the 49ers.
Many members of that Eagles’ defense played well on Sunday night, including DE Genard Avery, who Philadelphia acquired from the Browns last October. The 25-year-old Avery was terrific against San Francisco. In only 16 snaps, Avery had one sack and five quarterback hits. One of those hits led to a Rodney Mcleod interception deep in Eagles’ territory.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was impressed by what he saw out of Avery, and according to Schwartz, it was a breakout performance for the third-year defensive end.
“That was sort of the breakout game we’ve been waiting for from him(Avery),” Schwartz said on Tuesday. “He’s always been a skilled pass rusher. It’s just fitting him in with all the other stuff. I think he’s really done a good job of refining his technique and limiting his — sticking with what works best for him.
“He’s certainly made a difference in this game. He was fresh when he came off the bench, which is a big thing for our guys that are coming off the bench, and he gave us that changeup and made some big plays for us in the game.
“His pressure led to the first interception, which I think was a huge play in that game, sort of maybe flies below the radar when the game is all said and done. They [the 49ers] were driving. They were in the red zone. We got that pressure, got that interception, and I think that that was a key turning point in that game.”
Philadelphia brought Avery in to do what he did on Sunday. The former fifth-round pick of the Browns had a career-high 4.5 sacks in 2018, and he hopes to build on Sunday’s performance moving forward. If he continues to play at this level, Avery will help the Eagles’ pass rush immensely.