King Dunlap Making Name for Himself
Filling in for injured three-time Pro Bowl pick Jason Peters, Dunlap, a seventh-round draft choice out of Auburn in 2008 who spent his rookie year on injured reserve and played almost exclusively on special teams last season, stoned Falcons elite speed rusher John Abraham.
"There were several times, where (King) was one-on-one with 55 (Abraham) with no help and he did an outstanding job," said Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
"He's got excellent skill and ability, great size. And then his technique was just outstanding last week. Now, his challenge will be to do it again, and again, and again. Play at that high level on a consistent basis. Go on the road, with the snap count situation, and be able to do it there, as well."
Sunday's game at Tennessee which actually be a homecoming for the 6-foot-9, 330-pound Dunlap, a native of the Nashville suburb of Brentwood. He'll square off with the Titans' Dave Ball, who has Abraham's frame but not his longstanding reputation. However, with five sacks, the unheralded Ball has one more than Abraham. As a team, Tennessee leads the league with 24.
"He's not the athlete that Abraham is, but he's real good with his hands," Dunlap told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "My mentality is I'm going to go out every week and at least get better at something and not make the same mistakes."
Even if Dunlap plays another superb game on Sunday, it might will be his last for a while. The Eagles have their bye next week, giving Peters four weeks to recover from the minor knee surgery he had on Oct. 11 in order to start at Washington on Nov. 15.