Eagles DE Josh Sweat selected to his first Pro Bowl

NFL: DEC 13 Saints at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: New Orleans Saints Quarterback Taysom Hill (7) scrambles from Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Josh Sweat (94) in the second half during the game between the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles on December 13, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles received word on Tuesday morning that one of their players had been selected to the Pro Bowl roster. 24-year-old defensive end, Josh Sweat, has been selected to replace the injured Nick Bosa.

This will be Sweats’ first big accolade in the NFL. After breaking out in the 2020 season, Sweat followed up by adding more numbers to his stat sheet. In 2021, the Pro Bowl defensive end racked up several career highs with 7.5 sacks, 45 tackles, and 13 QB hits.

Josh Sweat was drafted in 2018, but due to concerns about his knees, the defensive lineman fell to the fourth round after being considered a sure first-round pick. The Eagles selected him with the 130th pick of the draft. Before the season, Josh Sweat signed a 3-year contract extension with the Eagles that was worth $42 million with $26.92 million guaranteed.

Under a new coaching staff and scheme, Sweat found his place, starting 13 games while playing in 16 of them. He ended the 2021 season with a career-high 7.5 sacks, adding 7 TFL and 13 QB hits.

Sweat will be one of the pillars of the defensive line for years to come as Brandon Graham inches closer to retirement. If the Eagles are unable to unlock Sweat’s full potential, then he could be one of the more disruptive defensive ends for the next decade or so.

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire

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