Eagles Defensive Coordinator ‘Excited to See’ Top-Ranked UDFA vs. Jets

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Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is in his second year leading the Philly defense.

Here’s an under-the-radar name to watch: Marvin Wilson, the second-year defensive tackle out of Florida State. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder only saw action in one regular-season game (Week 18) last season, accounting for three tackles on 19 defensive snaps. Not excited?

Well, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon has a slightly different opinion. He made a point of crediting Wilson’s improvement during his recent media availability. The second-year player should see a ton of reps in the preseason opener on August 12. The man nicknamed “Big Marv” wears No. 73.

“He’s another one in the defensive line room who has really improved what we asked him to improve,” Gannon said of Wilson. “A lot of that was bend and pad level and striking blocks with his hands. He’s doing a good job. I’m really excited to see him go out and play versus the Jets.”

Wilson was the subject of some controversy after initially going undrafted in 2021. The Cleveland Browns won a “swift bidding war” for him and handed the rookie free agent a $30,000 signing bonus. Then, the Browns waived the college standout in the hopes of adding him to the practice squad. Nope. The Eagles swooped in. The Browns were out of luck. He’s been working to crack the roster ever since.