By Michael Bennett
Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett is getting a reputation with the league office:
As a revenue stream.
He was fined $28,075 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers running back Jamaal Williams during the 24-27 win and he was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a low block on Jets guard Alex Lewis at the end of Nate Gerry‘s interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of a 31-6 Eagles w
Barnett had a similar penalty in Week Two and head coach Doug Pederson said on yesterday that Barnett “didn’t need to do it” while discussing the need to avoid such plays in the future.
“Derek and I have talked. We talk during the week. We talked during the game yesterday about it,” Pederson said. “Listen, it’s an emotional game and sometimes things escalate during the game. Having been out there and being around those guys, obviously you don’t ever want to be labeled as one of those type of athletes, but he’s aggressive. He plays hard. He plays to the whistle. I’m not going to take that away from him, obviously. We’ve just got to be smarter and it starts with me communicating that with the team and being a more disciplined football team that way.”