The Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed an incredible season from their defensive line last year. The unit came just shy of breaking the season record for most sacks in a single season. The team finished with 70 sacks on the season which left them only two shy of the record set by the Chicago Bears back in 1984.
It was a great year to be a part of that phenomenal rotation. Among those players, one truly stood out. Haason Reddick made his first season with the Eagle a memorable one. After leaving Carolina in free agency to sign a three-year, $45 million contract with the Eagles, Reddick had a masterclass of a season and a significant impact on the Eagles’ playoff run.
His impact was so significant that he made the Next Gen Stats’ list of the top 10 disruptors of 2022. Reddick finished last season with 16 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 11 tackles for loss. It seemed as if he became a permanent resident behind the line of scrimmage. His unstoppable motor helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
The Eagles Next Gen Monster
According to Next Gen Stats, Haason Reddick was the fourth “disruptor” out of the 10 candidates. Josh Sweat just missed the list while former Eagle, Javon Hargrave, ranked 7th overall. Just above him ranked Myles Garrett (3), Nick Bosa (2), and Micah Parson who finished at number one.
While Reddick was in great company on this list, his numbers showed why he was the steal of the last offseason. Reddick chose to return home and play for the team that he grew up rooting for. The Camden native finished last season with 62 QB pressures, a QB pressure rate of 15.4%, 33 QB hurries, 16 sacks, and 3 turnovers off of QB pressures.
He was a force to be reckoned with and there’s a strong possibility that it carries over to the 2023 season. With players like Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith entering the rotation, Reddick could continue his onslaught to being one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the league.
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