Instant analysis: Five Eagles selected to Pro Bowl

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In hindsight, this season might have been a total rollercoaster for the Philadelphia Eagles, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been one filled with elite talent playing at a high level. In fact, five members of the Eagles have been selected to play in this season’s Pro Bowl. Here’s everything you need to know.

OG Brandon Brooks

If there was a way for me to give this man a knighthood, I would. Not only is this his third consecutive pro bowl selection, but it comes in a season where he returned from a torn Achilles tendon suffered back in January. He hasn’t missed a single game, has played in 92% of snaps and has done so at a ridiculous level. Brooks received a meaty contract extension this year and it’s not hard to understand the reasons why. He’s been an absolute monster from the beginning of the year, right until the end, and has continued to inspire an entire community in his battle against anxiety.

DT Fletcher Cox

Making his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl, Fletcher Cox hasn’t exactly been ripping up the stat sheet like we’ve come to expect, but that’ doesn’t take away from his impact. Offensive lines have double-teamed him at a ridiculous rate following his career-year and without much interior help, he’s struggled to find individual success. However, he’s helped pave the way for the run-defense to allow under 100-yards per game again, and his 3.5 sacks do still echo a pass-rusher who gets relentless pressure on the QB and when afforded the opportunity, will put the icing on the cake. This is the most selections by a DT in Eagles history!

TE Zach Ertz

Is there a record this man hasn’t smashed? After breaking the all-time single season reception record last year, Ertz has continued to push himself into the history books with exceptional play that will forever go underrated. Ertz has benefited from an offense that has almost ran through him at stages this season, but he’s come up in big moments with touchdown catches and has proven to be Wentz’s ultimate security blanket…which may be the most value role in an offense devoid of star-power. He has 888 yards and 6 touchdown catches on the season so far.

C Jason Kelce

Would you believe me if I told you that this is Kelce’s first Pro Bowl since 2016?! The veteran has been playing at a tremendous level since then and that hasn’t changed this year, either. Kelce has played in 99% of offensive snaps this year and continues to grade out as one of the most efficient centers in the league. Without Kelce, the running-game is a lot less effective. With Kelce, it’s a damn-sight more fun to watch with the big-man rolling into open space and mauling anyone in his path. Well deserved.

LS Rick Lovato

After ‘snapping up’ a new contract of his own, Rick Lovato also earns pro bowl recognition! He’s helped Jake Elliott on his way to the most consistent start to a season by any Eagles kicker in history, and Cameron Johnston rank inside the top five in the league in net punting average. I would’ve loved to have seen Johnston and Elliott make the cut, but Lovato being the first Eagles LS since Jon Dorenbos to represent the team in the big event, is a worthy substitute.

Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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