Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo foreshadowed it in a conversation with a few reporters Monday, and today it became official: Brian Rolle said he is the neew starting WIL linebacker for the Eagles, ahead of fellow rookie Casey Matthews.
Matthews was moved from the middle to WIL last week. He promptly bit way too hard on play action and gave up a 40-yard touchdown pass to the Giants' Brandon Jacobs.
"It's not really that much of a challenge," Rolle, a sixth-round pick from Ohio State, said as he headed out to practice. "I've been playing that position all of camp, and (practicing there through) the first couple of games, as well. It's just a matter of being in there with the 1s now and going out and taking care of business."
Rolle has played most often in nickel and dime packages through the first three weeks. He set up a Trent Cole sack of Eli Manning last Sunday.
"I feel like I'm a guy that is athletic. I'm physical, a good linebacker that knows the game very well and plays hard. I'm not saying that Casey didn't -- Casey's a great player as well. I guess the coaches just felt the need for a new body in ther, somebody that may bring a little more excitement, maybe," he said.
Also, Nate Allen, who replaced Kurt Coleman when Coleman missed a tackle on Victor Cruz's 74-yard touchdown, will remain in that safety role.