Good morning, Eagles fans. This is a Wednesday edition of Early Birds and the third day of the Eagles' bye week.
— Zach Berman
Joe Walker is playing middle linebacker in the base formation, and the reality is the Eagles aren't in the base defense for the majority of the game, so he's still a part-time player. Walker played 44 percent of the defensive snaps against San Francisco and 23 percent of the snaps against Denver. His playing time will depend on matchups. Walker is certainly not Hicks, and there is a drop-off from Hicks to Walker in terms of talent and experience. I wouldn't categorize it as a "long-term concern," but he's going to need to prove he can be effective when in the game — especially if teams try keying on the middle of the field. Walker is in his second year in Philadelphia (first playing) and has some traits the Eagles like at the position.