It was a tough loss for the highly anticipated opening game for the Philadelphia Eagles, but one bright spot so far has been the efforts made by linebacker Kiko Alonso. Alonso has quite the weight on his shoulders, especially when Eagles management acquired him from the Buffalo Bills in a trade for fan-favorite running back LeSean McCoy. The controversy of sending away the Eagles leading franchise rusher gave many fans a bad feeling about the direction the team was heading along with Alonso’s contributions on the defensive end. After all, Alonso missed all of the 2014 season due to a torn ACL and missed all of pre-season due to a concussion and a knee injury.
Many Eagles fans expected Alonso would be eased into the defense after missing so much time. He was cleared to play in Monday’s game and he showcased what he has got in his first game as an Eagle. So far, the trade that sent McCoy to the Bills looks very much in the Eagles favor and things are looking up in the early going for Alonso.
In the Eagles week one showdown against the Atlanta Falcons, Alonso finished with six total tackles along with one jaw-dropping interception.
In the end zone.
— NFL (@NFL) September 14, 2015
One handed. Falling backwards. Into the end zone. Do I see a glimpse of the Odell Beckham Jr.? Alonso’s athleticism is undeniable and can be summed up in this one play. This incredible interception prevented a Roddy White touchdown and kept the Eagles within striking distance.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds, he has the size and the intangibles to jam up the middle and be a quality linebacker in the league. Alonso will be a critical part of the Eagles defense this year and I look forward in seeing what else he can bring in the short week against Dallas.