Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Two Eagles Lives of Jason Babin

Jason Babin seemed to have lived two different Eagles lives.

The Two Eagles Lives of Jason Babin

Former Eagles defensive end Jason Babin. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Former Eagles defensive end Jason Babin. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

After the Eagles manhandled the Jets in Game 14 last season, defense end Jason Babin had it all going on. He was coming off three games in which he had registered eight sacks, giving him 18 on the season in 14 games.

In the 13 games since then (two in 2011, 11 this season), his sacks, tackles and quarterback hurries were all way, way done.

Here are Babin's numbers through that Jets game and since:

    First 14 GP    Last 13 GP 
 No. of  Plays 625  541 
   Tackle Pct. 9.76%  6.28% 
    Primary 36  25 
    Assists 25 
 Tackles For Loss   
    Sack Pct. 2.88%  1.02% 
 QB Hurries
 Fumbles Forced


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