Philadelphia Eagles: Kamu Grugier-Hill officially calls his shot

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In the midst of his breakout season, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill calls his shot in the lead up to Week 14’s NFC East slugfest.

The City of Brotherly Love has a thing for irrational confidence.

From Gritty’s ascension to the top mascot in the NFL, to the entire city’s admiration for Allen Iverson despite his diminutive size and inability to slay the Goliath known as the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia has a unique tradition of elevating players who talk a big game, especially when it’s against a hated foe.

With a Week 14 win against the Dallas Cowboys, Kamu Grugier-Hill has the potential to ascend into a special place in the annals of Philly history among the trash talking greats (and not so greats) like Joel Embiid, Charles Barkley, and Freddie ‘Fred-Ex’ Mitchell.

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But if the team loses? Boy, will he have some serious egg on his face.

In case you somehow missed it, Gruger-Hill, the Eagles starting weakside linebacker, had a pretty impressive hot take on his club’s Week 14 opponent; namely that “(Dallas) always chokes. So we’ll go down there and make them choke“. While the validity, and by extension merit of said statement has been commented on by everyone from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, to Dak Prescott himself, it’s hard to describe just how quickly the name Kamu Grugier-Hill has ascended up the ranks of Dallas’ least popular player’s list.

Grugier-Hill is so hot at the moment that Shelton Gibson donned a KGH jersey at a recent press availability in an attempt to trick the likes of Eliot Shorr-Parks and the other reporters lined up to ask the man of the hour a few more questions.

Fortunately for KGH, if his play on the field this season is of any indication, he should be just fine on Sunday.

After playing almost exclusively on special teams over his first two seasons in the league, albeit at a Pro Bowl-caliber level, Grugier-Hill has really come into his own as a full-time linebacker, where his speed, instincts, and coverage abilities have really shined.

Grigier-Hill is basically the anti-Mychal Kendricks; a part-time linebacker with safety-esque coverage abilities who just so happens to be on the field for 85 percent of the team’s special teams snaps.

And no matter what KGH is tasked with doing on any given play, whether he’s technically lined up at outside linebacker, inside linebacker, gunner, or even emergency kicker, he’s excelled at it all, and done so as a perfect soldier off the field, unlike the team’s last weakside linebacker, who always complained about his playing time.

Gee, I wonder what ever happened to that guy?

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Anyway, while only time will tell whether his comments go down as prophetic, or incredibly foolish, Kamu Grugier-Hill has placed himself dead center in the eye of the most hotly contested bouts of the 2018 NFL season; one that could very well decide who represents the NFC East in the playoffs in a few short weeks. Who knows, maybe this pinch of hubris will be that last little bit of motivation needed to push the Philadelphia Eagles over the top? It couldn’t hurt, right?