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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mychal Kendricks 2012 season mirrored the path of his team’s. Kendricks started off strong for the Eagles in his rookie year, and got lost and seemed to disappear, much like the rest of the team.
Whatever happened last year for Kendricks seems to be long in the past, as he had as strong a game as anyone on the Eagles defense on Monday against Washington.
“Last year was last year, and knowing what I know from last year compared to this year, I feel like a lot more people have bought in and we’re getting full dedication out of some guys,” Kendricks told Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. “Not everyone fully committed, I’m sure, but for the most part you get everyone going at the same direction at the same time, the same way, the result is going to be pretty good. You know what I’m saying?”
The defense the Eagles ran for much of 2011 and 2012, the Wide-9, didn’t suit everyone on the defense (in fact, it seemed to only suit Jason Babin), and Kendricks was one of those players who felt out of position.
“I don’t know if I necessarily did [buy in] either, just because the fact that there was a lot of lineman in my face and that’s just never been my cup of tea, but I mean I dealt with it,” Kendricks said. “I did pretty good. I learned from it, and got better from it to, you know what I mean? Having to deal with all that.”
Kendricks led the the team in tackles on Monday (6 tackles, 4 asst), and hopes to make that a trend.
“My personal goals, as of right now, they’re very minuscule just because it’s one day at a time, one game at a time,” Kendricks said. “Right now I’m just shooting for ten tackles a game, and I think that right there is a pretty good step for me and anything over that is just a plus, but I’m shooting for the stars. I mean, ten tackles is a minimum.”
Kendricks didn’t record 10 tackles in a game once during the 2012 season, so even if he considers that a “miniscule” goal, it would be a massive improvement.