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DE Derek Barnett Stays Hot With Two QB Sacks

Posted Nov 19, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas - Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett recorded two of the defense's four sacks of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in Sunday night's 37-9 victory at AT&T Stadium, giving him 4.5 sacks in the last five games.

Safe to say the No. 1 draft pick is hitting his stride.

"I've always said that sacks come in bunches. You just have to keep working hard in practice, stacking the chips. They're going to come," he said. 

Barnett said he just "trusted his keys" to get Prescott, a quarterback built like a powerful running back, down and that he followed his eyes and made the plays in the backfield. The Eagles pressured Prescott into an awful performance - he completed 18 of 31 passes for just 145 yards and was intercepted three times - as he compiled a passer rating of 30.4.

"We just wanted to keep pressuring him and get up in his face," Barnett said. "I think we did a good job as a group."

Barnett and Vinny Curry won the battle, decisively, against left tackle Byron Bell, who subbed for Chaz Green who subbed for All-Pro Tyron Smith. Barnett's second sack, in the fourth quarter, forced a fumble that linebacker Nigel Bradham recovered and returned 37 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

"I just beat him up the field and got to the football," Barnett said. "Nigel made a great play on the return. It was a team effort, just like everything we do."

Barnett's 4.5 sacks are the most by an Eagles rookie through 10 games since Trent Cole recorded five in 2005. The best for Barnett may be coming in these final six games of the regular season.

"I think I did some good things, but I need to be better against the run," he said. "We won, and that's all that matters."

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