Philadelphia Eagles: Ranking the edge rushers of the NFC East

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3. Philadelphia Eagles

On paper, the Philadelphia Eagles’ edge rushing unit is much improved from 2021. They added a premier performer in free agency, re-signed Derek Barnett on the cheap, and padded out their depth chart with Kyron Johnson, who is expected to compete for the backup strongside linebacker spot alongside Patrick Johnson.

And yet, there are a number of unknowns about the Eagles’ edge-rushing prospects that make them incredibly hard to quantify at this stage of the summer. How often will the Eagles run a 4-3 front versus a 3-4 front? Will strongside linebackers rush off the edge as standup performers or will they instead deploy from the second-level from between the tackles too?

Very interesting stuff indeed.

Most important performer: Haason Reddick

Hasson Reddick has been one of the most consistently efficient edge rushers in the NFL over the past two seasons since fully committing himself to being a pass rusher instead of a hybrid off-ball performer with coverage responsibilities. He’s cleared the 10 sack mark in two straight seasons and is being paid a premium by the Eagles this fall to make that a third.

Assuming Jonathan Gannon plays to his strengths and puts Reddick in the best position to succeed, he should be a perfect complement to Josh Sweat, Milton Williams, and the interior trio of Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, and Jordan Davis.