Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
7 months ago

Barwin recorded a sack, his seventh of the year, in Sunday's 35-30 win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Barwin's sack production was halved from last season to this year, as the Eagles' defense on the whole was less effective in pressuring opposing quarterbacks. He still piled up 45 tackles and seven passes defensed, but he only forced one fumble and didn't come up with an interception. Ultimately, the stud linebacker didn't live up to his preseason expectations.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
10 months ago

Barwin recorded a sack and four tackles in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Barwin dropped the same stat line in back-to-back weeks, and now has two sacks on the year. He has been used plenty in defensive coordinator Bill Davis's pass rushes so far this season, and has looked just as strong as he did in 2014. He's likely limited to one sack per game unless he has another October outburst, but Barwin is a consistent playmaker to keep an eye on.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
10 months ago

Barwin picked up a sack and four tackles in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Barwin, who set a career-high with 14.5 sacks last season, picked up his first of the season against Dallas. He's officially on pace for eight sacks this year, although we know sacks tend to come in streaks and bunches. Barwin is an intriguing IDP; if the Eagles' offense can fix its problems, the team's defensive front seven is strong. But if the defense continues to spend 40 minutes on the field, Barwin and the rest of the defense will start to wear down and the playmaking ability won't always be there.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
10 months ago

Barwin picked up four tackles and a pass defensed in Monday's 26-24 loss to the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Barwin continues to be a consistent tackler, but his big-play potential has been missing as of late. He didn't record a sack during the preseason, nor during the first game of the 2015 season, after recording a career-high 14.5 last year.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
11 months ago

Barwin recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in Saturday's 39-26 win over the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Barwin hasn't recorded many big-point plays this preseason, but he's been near the top of the stat sheet in tackles in each of the team's first three preseason games. He stays around the ball, which bodes well for sacks, fumbles and knockdowns, all of which he brought to the table last season. Barwin remains a sensible IDP selection after his 14.5-sack campaign in 2014.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
2 years ago

Barwin finished the 2014 season with 64 tackles (47 solo), 14.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 games.

Barwin's 2014 was a smashing success and easily the best of his career. He's obviously a very good fit in defensive coordinator Billy Davis' scheme, and he'll be back as the team's lead edge defender in 2015. It would probably be best to expect more modest production from Barwin in 2015, however -- he totaled just eight sacks over two years the last time he posted double-digit sacks (11.5 in 2011).

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
2 years ago

Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will be more involved as a pass rusher this season.

The only Eagle with experience as a 3-4 outside 'backer, Barwin was asked to play the versatile "Jack" role in the Philadelphia defense last season, a role that saw him drop into coverage on a whopping 42 percent of his snaps. Conversely, Trent Cole only dropped into coverage 22 percent of his defensive snaps as he filled the more aggressive "Predator" role. With Cole now more comfortable playing linebacker and versatile rookie Marcus Smith on the roster, Barwin should be given more freedom to get after the quarterback this season.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
3 years ago

Eagles OLB Connor Barwin played 94 percent of Philly's defensive snaps in 2013.

Eagles DC Billy Davis employed Barwin as a sort of swiss-army knife at left outside 'backer opposite rush specialist Trent Cole. Barwin is a below-average pass rusher, but has cover skills and graded out as a top-seven run-stopping 3-4 OLB per Pro Football Focus. He finished with 59 tackles and five sacks.

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
3 years ago

Eagles GM Howie Roseman believes OLB Connor Barwin's sacks dipped from 11.5 in 2011 to 3.0 in 2012 because of how the Texans used him.

We disagree, but Barwin isn't our problem. He's Roseman's, for $36 million across six seasons. "He was more on the open side two years ago," Roseman said of Barwin's 11.5-sack campaign. "He was more in position to set the edge and cover the tight end this year. We watched him two years ago on the open side and then even this year when they played the Lions when he was doing it more. ... We think we know what we're getting here in a high-motor guy."

Connor Barwin
DL PHI (4)
3 years ago

Eagles signed OLB Connor Barwin, formerly of the Texans.

We're not surprised Barwin's market was so slow to develop because he lacks explosive edge-rush ability and that's a necessity for 3-4 outside 'backers. 26-year-old Barwin could be a utility defender in Philadelphia, but shouldn't be a realistic option to start over Trent Cole or Brandon Graham. Barwin finished last season with just three sacks across 18 starts, including playoffs.