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Eagles' linebacker Connor Barwin turning into a sack master during breakout season

  • Philadelphia Eagles' Connor Barwin reacts after tackling Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Philadelphia Eagles' Connor Barwin reacts after tackling Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, left, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Connor Barwin during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, left, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Connor Barwin during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)  (The Associated Press)

Wherever he lines up, Connor Barwin makes quarterbacks and their blockers notice.

Barwin sacked Cam Newton 3½ times in Philadelphia's 45-21 win over Carolina on Monday night, bringing his season total to 10½. Only Kansas City's Justin Houston has more (12).

Barwin already set a team record for most sacks in a season by a linebacker and he's only the fifth Eagles player to have two three-sack games in a year. Barwin brought down Eli Manning three times in a 27-0 win on Oct. 12.

Not bad for a jack-of-all trades.

Coach Chip Kelly said Barwin's versatility in playing multiple positions is a huge plus.

Barwin was one of the first acquisitions the Eagles made in free agency after Kelly replaced Andy Reid in 2013.

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