The 2018 campaign was not kind to Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, as recovery from offseason back surgery knocked him out for the first 10 games of the season and limited him to just three contests overall.
As a result, the Eagles declined Jernigan’s option in March, making him a free agent. However, in late April, Philadelphia ultimately decided to bring him back on a one-year deal.
Now, Jernigan is out to prove himself after the roughest year of his NFL career:“I’m motivated to win games and to help this team,” said Jernigan, according to Dave Spadaro of the Eagles’ official team website. “I feel like last year, that’s in the past, man. I can’t change that. I’m just focused on what’s ahead of me.”
The 26-year-old, who spent the first three seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, was traded to the Eagles in April 2017. Then, during his first season in Philly, Jernigan went on to sign a four-year, $48 million extension with the club, a contract that obviously was not realized to its fullest.
But now, Jernigan is simply focused on having fun and righting the ship, both for himself and the Eagles:“I feel good and I’m having fun. That’s my goal this year. If I do those things, the rest will take care of itself,” Jernigan said. “I’m going to control what I can control. This defense, it has a lot of pieces. I just want to help us win games and play my best football and have fun doing it.”