While all eyes on Saturday night will be on Daniel Jones and Jalen Hurts, there’s one player that shouldn’t be overlooked. By anyone. The Eagles’ defense has had its ups and downs this season, from growing pains of finding their footing to a lack of in-game adjustments from the Eagles’ coaching staff early on. But this player has been as consistent as can be for them.
Haason Reddick has lived up to his nickname. He truly has become The Weapon for Philadelphia and the Eagles will need him to be just that against the Giants. Everyone saw how efficient Daniel Jones was against the Vikings’ pass defense and how he escaped the rush with his athleticism.
But the Vikings’ defense doesn’t have a player like Haason Reddick. It’s not to discredit the players that they do have but Reddick is in a tier with players like Micah Parsons, Matthew Judon, and I’ll even say Nick Bosa.
He’s versatile like Micah but has had more of an impact on the game. In his first season with the Eagles, Haason Reddick put together a remarkable first impression. He tallied 16 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. The moments of those fumbles are crucial as Reddick has helped the Eagles’ defense make stops on third and fourth down.
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He’s unlike any player that the Eagles have had in recent years. While he gives you Brian Dawkins vibes with his impactful plays, the fact is that Haason Reddick is nowhere near that level yet but he could be if he continues this trend. Reddick is the only player in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks on three different teams.
He led the charge with this Eagles’ defense as they came close to breaking the all-time sacks record of 72 in a season. They fell two shy of their goal and ended with a franchise record of 70 instead. That should be enough to refuel The Weapon for a playoff run. As important as Jalen Hurts is to the Eagles’ offense, Haason Reddick is just as important to the team’s defense.
It will be on Reddick and company to help catapult the Eagles passed the Giants for a trip to the NFC Championship but the task won’t be easy. Daniel Jones has played his best ball this season and is peaking at the right time.
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