Eagles Not Giving Up on Trevor Laws

When I spoke with Trevor Laws prior to the start of the 2009 season, he sounded quite confident that he would be able to make an impact on the defense. However, the Defensive Tackle is now 2 years through his career and questions have arisen regarding his future with the Birds. Despite getting the opportunity to come to Philadelphia as the team’s first selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, Laws has struggled with injuries and this past season lost out on playing time to rookie free agent signing Antonio Dixon.

Despite his issues, the Eagles are not ready to give up on Laws (pictured). At 6-foot-1 and 304 pounds, he still has potential to become a future gap plug on the defensive line, and has shown promise in the pair of offseasons he’s been with the club. New GM Howie Roseman released a brief statement regarding the lineman and the organization’s faith in him to improve: “[We] are not going to write him off yet. I think he’s been nicked a little bit in Training Camp and hasn’t been able to start the season off right. It’s an important offseason for him. He knows that…We think he can help us.”

Laws also commented on the situation, saying “It’s not news to me. Obviously, it’s a big offseason after the year I had last year. Coming into camp, it’s going to be crucial for me to be in good shape, ready to go and ready to get out there, give it my best and make plays. It’s obviously a big off-season to see what my future is going to be with the Philadelphia Eagles…I’ve been playing sports my whole life. It’s about how you respond to challenges. I have to get out there big and strong and go out and dominate.”

Through his 2 seasons, the Notre Dame product has totaled 22 tackles (17 solo) as a reserve defender. While it may be hard to trust that he will indeed make strides of improvement and/or strengthen his ability to stay consistent on and off the field, the Eagles management seems to be confident that he will make a comeback and benefit their efforts in the future.

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