The linebacker situation was settled on Sunday afternoon, as head coach Andy Reid announced that Akeem Jordan will start the season as the team's weakside linebacker.
Despite a solid Training Camp and preseason, Jordan has seemingly flown under the radar this summer. Jordan said he knew there was competition at the position and worked hard to win the job.
"We are all just trying to go out there and make plays," Jordan said. "We're trying to beat out each other, and everyone knows that there is a lot of competition. We were just going out there every day and trying to perform."
While he said he hasn't taken any snaps at WILL this season prior to Sunday, Jordan does have experience. He began his career on the weak side, and has started at all three linebacker spots in the NFL. Jordan has been working primarily on the strong side this summer, but isn't worried about the transition.
"SAM (strong side) is a pretty busy position itself, so I don't think it'll be any trouble to try to work in the open space," Jordan said. "I just have to get the feeling (of playing in a different position)."
From the outside looking in, Jordan may appear to be an unusual choice for the job. But for the linebackers themselves, the move makes perfect sense.
"He didn't come out of the blue," middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "We understand our linebacker room ... We knew it was going to be a tight competition. 'Dream' got the job, so congrats to him for that and he worked his butt off to get it, and he deserves it."
After entering the pros as an undrafted rookie in 2007, Jordan has had to fight for everything he's earned. It's unsurprising, then, that he's ready to work hard to prove the coaches right.
"Nothing is a given and nothing is written in stone," Jordan said. "That's why you go out and play like you're hair is on fire."
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