Philadelphia Eagles: Ranking the safety selections of the NFC East

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1. New York Giants

What, the New York Giants have the best safety unit in the NFC East despite losing Logan Ryan in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Goodness, how does that work?

Two reasons, really: 1. The rest of the NFC East’s safety units aren’t very good, and 2. The Giants actually have a few young, intriguing performers who could excel under Wink Martindale.

In my humble opinion, the Giants have the best individual safety in the division in a player about to be profiled, an intriguing homegrown performer in Julian Love who could fill Ryan’s shoes this fall, and they were one of the two teams in the NFC East who actually drafted a safety in 2022 in Iowa product Dane Belton. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

Most important performer: Xavier McKinney 

Xavier McKinney has been underrated for a while now, and 2022 may finally be the year where he pops off in a major way.

A former first-round pick out of Alabama, McKinney can deploy deep, play in the box, or even kick it outside into the slot if need be in the vein of Philadelphia Eagles great Malcolm Jenkins. If Martindale uses McKinney like Jenkins in his zone-heavy defensive front, we may be looking at a future Pro Bowler right before his fifth-year option season in 2023.

Next. Nakobe Dean is already carrying himself like a pro. dark

Which team do you think has the best safety unit in the NFC East? Does any team truly stand out above the others, or are they all sort of meh? Let us know!