Among the most significant changes during the Eagles' late-season surge was the decision to start Akeem Jordan over Omar Gaither at weakside linebacker for the final six games of the season.
Jordan had a team-high 13 tackles in the wild-card win over Minnesota and had 13 against Dallas in the regular-season finale.
Now, he has returned to his offseason home in Harrisonburg, Va., and is already working toward being ready for next season, the last under his current contract. Jordan was an undrafted free agent out of James Madison, where he was the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
He also realizes that staying in the NFL might be harder than getting there in the first place.