The New England Patriots are set to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Here at F.F.I., we decided to take a more in-depth look at the match-up picking out players with Florida ties.
The Eagles have a few Noles in Nigel Bradham, Ronald Darby, Tim Jernigan, and Patrick Robinson. As we wrote earlier this week, Jernigan and Darby have been battling “illness,” but the latest update is they are apparently ready to go tonight.
Two Gators are on the Eagles roster as well in Trey Burton, who we also profiled this week, and Jaylen Watkins.
The Eagles have former UCF corner, D.J. Killings on the practice squad. However, he’s not eligible to be active and play in the game. Killings, ironically, originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in April, and entered into three preseason games to record seven tackles and two pass breakups before being “waived-injured” at the 53-man deadline.
The Patriots have one Gator in Mike Gillislee and one Cane in Phillip Dorsett. And, the Pats also have Eric Lee, a former USF Bull.
All of the Noles in action in the game figure to play a critical role at some point for the Eagles, if they want to stop Tom Brady from winning another championship.
On the offensive end, Burton has done a terrific job filling in for Ertz, when hurt and is another option to game plan for when both are on the field.
For the Patriots Gilliselee and Dorsett are both weapons that could make a difference in the Super Bowl but most likely won’t.
Gillislee has been a healthy scratch before and is at the bottom of the running back depth chart behind Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, and James White. Speaking of White, he was the hero of the Super Bowl comeback last year (photo above) over the Falcons, and is from Fort Lauderdale, originally.
Meanwhile, Dorsett the speedster could use that speed to come in on a deep ball or screen and make an impact. He has come in, here and there, but he’s also at the bottom of the weapons the Pats have.
An unsung hero typically emerges from the dust in the Super Bowl, like White a year ago. And, maybe that hero is once again a player that honed his craft in the Sunshine State.
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