If the Philadelphia Eagles had a major weakness in 2013 it was their secondary. After giving up the most passing yards per game in the NFL (289.9) the front office decided to make a few changes. Malcom Jenkins and Nolan Carroll are in, and Patrick Chung is likely out, but the biggest improvement that the Eagles can make might come from safety Earl Wolff.
During his rookie season Wolff played in 11 games. He missed the wild card loss to the Saints with a knee injury. For any NFL player the leap that is made between the rookie and sophomore years is a crucial one. If Wolff is able to play to his potential it would go a long way towards fixing Philly’s biggest problem.
At Lesean McCoy’s birthday celebration over the weekend, Wolff told Jimmy Kempski that his goal for 2014 is to have six interceptions:
“This year, my goal is to have six or more…”
He went on to say that it’s feasible because the whole team will be more comfortable in the 3-4 system:
“Now, we have it. Everybody, from the younger guys (to the veterans), I feel like everyone is extremely comfortable (in the scheme), everybody is playing fast, everybody is competing, so we’re all really excited to see what happens this year.”
Last year Wolff finished with one interception and five defended passes. It’s a lofty goal that would put him in the upper echelon of defensive backs. Only four NFL players, including Richard Sherman, Deandre Levy, Antrel Rolle and teammate Brandon Boykin had at least six picks in 2013.
Six would also equal Wolff’s total through four years of playing safety at North Carolina State, but hey, it never hurts to shoot high.