Philadelphia Eagles: 3 backups who can make an impact in 2022

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2. Jordan Davis

Is naming Jordan Davis to a list of “backups who can make an impact in 2022” a bit disingenuous, a cop-out, or downright cheating? Eh, maybe a little bit, but only two of the trio of Davis, Fletcher Cox, and Javon Hargrave are going to start for the Philadelphia Eagles this fall, and whoever doesn’t is going to play a ton this fall.

Assuming the Eagles start things out slow with Davis this season, playing him on early-downs, against the run, and as a two-way goal line performer who could be a serious threat as a Beau Allen-style fullback, Davis may end up with very few notches in his starts collumn early on, and potentially over his entire rookie season. Still, to paraphrase the old adage, it isn’t about how you start but how you finish and if Davis can provide the Eagles with big-time production on par with or even just a tiny bit below Cox and Hargrave right out of the gate as a rookie they’ll be in good shape.

If, however, the idea of naming Davis a ‘backup to watch in 2022’ still rubs you the wrong way, you’re in luck, as Milton Williams is also on the team, also expected to be a backup this fall, and is just as likely to have a breakout season albeit with a more varied, dynamic role splitting time between defensive tackle and defensive end.