Without a doubt, everyone knows that the Eagles had an extraordinary off-season. From the draft day selections of Jordan Davis, Cam Jurgens, and Nakobe Dean to the draft day trade for A.J. Brown. Before that, they attacked free agency as efficiently as possible by signing players like Haason Reddick, Kyzir White, and James Bradberry.
The awareness was there that the Eagles could have a great season, but no one expected it to go like this. Entering the bye week the Eagles are 6-0 and here are four players that have helped to shape the season into a successful one:
While the national media won’t recognize the impact Brown has had on the Eagles, the fact of the matter is that Brown is very much responsible for the leap that Hurts has taken this year. Similar to how Stefon Diggs helped catapult Josh Allen, Brown is doing the same for Hurts.
His presence on the field has kept defenses honest and has allowed Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith to breathe and excel. But it isn’t his presence alone that has helped shape this offense, his 503 receiving yards on 33 catches have shown just how much of a problem he has been for opposing defenses.
Kyzir White was the biggest wild card of free agency. He’s a converted safety turned linebacker that was coming off of one good season with the Chargers. He has not only filled a position of need but White has been everything the Eagles have needed at the linebacker position.
Kyzir White has been excellent in coverage as he’s only allowed a passer rating of 59.2 against him. He has only allowed 80 receiving yards against him with a completion percentage of 53%. There’s not much more you can ask from White at this point as he has done more than anyone could’ve expected.
Haason Reddick had a slow start to the season as Gannon spent the first two weeks of the season trying to figure out how to use the weapon of mass destruction. Since then Haason Reddick has tallied 4.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 6 QB hits, and a total of 14 tackles. With Reddick still getting acclimated, you could expect him to only get better from here on out.
Reddick has had 10+ sacks over the last two seasons and there’s no question that this may be the best defensive line that he has ever played on. This means that there will be plenty more opportunities to keep adding to his sack total.
This addition was quite possibly the second-best addition out of the court listed above. Bradberry has been nothing short of spectacular for the Eagles this season. Teaming him up with Darius Slay was the perfect recipe for the Eagles. The two together have put on a historic season in a position that has plagued the Eagles for quite some time.
According to NFL next gen stats, James Bradberry is the number one shutdown corner in the NFL while Darius Slay is right behind him at number two. Bradberry has a passer rating of 29.0 while only allowing a completion percentage of 41%. He also has two picks with one of them being a pick-six and has not allowed a touchdown this season.
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