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  • Eagles' Reed Blankenship: Steps up in 2022

    Blankenship appeared in 10 regular-season contests in 2022 and posted 34 tackles, two pass defenses and one interception across 284 defensive snaps. The undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee wasn't part of the Eagles' active roster to start the season, but he eventually carved out a special-teams role and ultimately became a major part of the secondary when C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Avonte Maddox missed time with injuries. Most of Blankenship's regular-season production came during the final six games and started with an interception of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers during his first extended playing time in Week 12. Blankenship also garnered a major defensive role during the divisional round and NFC Championship Game, totaling 11 tackles and one pass breakup between those contests. Maddox is under contract for two more years, but Johnson is set to become a free agent, so Blankenship may have a clear path to a starting role if Johnson opts to sign elsewhere.
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  • Eagles' Reed Blankenship: Career-best effort in loss

    Blankenship recorded eight tackles (four solo) in Saturday's 40-34 loss to the Cowboys. With fellow safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (abdomen) unavailable yet again this past weekend, Blankenship was able to log career highs in both snaps played (69) and stops (eight) Saturday in Dallas. However, now that Gardner-Johnson has been sidelined on injured reserve for each of Philadelphia's last four matchups, he'll be eligible to suit up versus New Orleans on New Year's Day following an elevation to the team's active roster, which would ultimately result in a possible deduction in usage for Blankenship.
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  • Eagles' Reed Blankenship: Full participant Tuesday

    Blankenship (knee) was listed as a full participant on Tuesday's practice estimate. Blankenship appears on track to return from a one-game absence following a knee sprain sustained in Week 14. Look for him to resume his role at free safety assuming he avoids any setbacks during the week.
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  • Eagles' Reed Blankenship: Won't play Sunday

    Blankenship (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Bears. Blankenship suffered a low-grade knee sprain during the Eagles' blowout win over the Giants in Week 14, and while the initial diagnosis was seen as a positive, the starting safety will still be sidelined for at least one game. In his absence, K'Von Wallace will presumably take over as the team's top free safety.
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  • Eagles' Reed Blankenship: Records interception in win

    Blankenship recorded six tackles (three solo) and one interception during Sunday's 40-33 victory versus the Packers. Blankenship played a season-high 71 percent of Philadelphia's defensive snaps after being inserted for injury starter C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who sustained a lacerated kidney in the first quarter. The undrafted rookie then quickly notched the first interception of his career, as he undercut a pass intended for tight end Tyler Davis early in the second quarter. Blankenship also tied linebacker T.J. Edwards for a team high in tackles despite playing 14 fewer defensive snaps. With Johnson expected to miss at least one game with this injury, Blankenship will likely step into a starting role against Tennessee this coming Sunday, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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