2. Javon Hargrave
Javon Hargrave made some silly comments about the NFC Championship game after signing with the San Francisco 49ers, but can you really fault him? When you ink a deal with a team you just beat, you wanna do what you can to endear yourself to the fanbase and your new teammates.
I know not everyone in Philly will give his comments as generous an interpretation as I did, but I really don’t think he burned bridges enough that we’re rooting against him with the ferocity we are Gardner-Johnson.
It’s also a lot easier to feel okay with Hargrave’s departure when Jalen Carter is already playing like he’s an upgrade over the veteran.
Hargrave has continued to play at a very high level, though.
The 49ers defense absolutely embarrassed the Pittsburgh Steelers en route to a 30-7 thrashing, and Hargrave was a key piece of the performance.
He showed up on the stat sheet with his first sack of the season, and he also had an impact against the run, making another 2 tackles.
That same versatility that made him so valuable in Philly was on full display in his 49ers debut, leading all defensive linemen on the team by playing 66.7% of the available defensive snaps.
Having a defensive tackle you don’t need to worry about on either rushing or passing downs gives a defense a lot of flexibility, and Hargrave looks to be on track for another big year.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if we find ourselves matching up against Hargrave in the playoffs this year, and he’ll find out that facing off against the best offensive line in football is a lot tougher than beating up on the Steelers.