By Annie Ross
Eagles’ rookie edge rusher Derek Barnett had two sacks in last Thursday’s loss at Green Bay.
“I thought it was a good start,” the No. 1 draft pick said. “There were a few times I got stuck on block. I need to get better at that. It’s something I need to improve on, still improve my get-off. I wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be on my get-offs, but I think it was a good start. There’s still a lot of improvements to go, it was just the first preseason game. I’m happy I was around the ball. Every once in a while I felt disruptive, but I’m not as dominant as I know I can be.”
“He had a great hit on a screen one time,” said defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz following practice, referring to Barnett’s game against the Packers. “He’s a slippery guy. There are some things he can do better. He had a couple sort of wasted rushes where we weren’t in sync with our front four. Sort of what you expect from a rookie as you start. But obviously, two sacks on a limited number of reps — that kind of production, you expect from a first rounder.”
“I don’t think I’m close (to the ceiling) yet,” Barnett said. “I think I have a lot more to improve. I’m comfortable with anything the coaches ask me to do,” he said. “I feel like if I get the coaching, I’ll get the job done.”