2. Jalen Carter & 3. Jordan Davis
Judging by the play of Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis to begin this campaign, the Eagles may have the NFL’s next great pass-rushing duo on their hands.
While Philadelphia’s veteran defensive line talent has started the year slow, the same can’t be said for these talented young bulls.
Carter drove rave reviews in training camp for how pro-ready he looked, and that’s absolutely been the case in the early going. He looks right at home facing NFL talent, and he’s beating them more often than not. He’s currently tied for the team lead in sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (2) over the first three games, already proving more than capable of causing disruptions in the backfield.
Carter’s not only wrapping players up but ripping the ball out of their hands as well. He’s forced two fumbles over his first three outings, tying him with the likes of T.J. Watt, Montez Sweat and Jevon Holland for the best mark in the NFL so far.
The 22-year-old already being in the same conversation as those names just speaks to his potential, which he’s only scratched the surface of. If he keeps running away in the Rookie of the Year race, Pro Bowl voters should reward him for his play.
Meanwhile, Carter’s former Georgia teammate, Davis, is wreaking havoc as well to kick things off. He’s also tied for the team lead in sacks and TFL, while making 11 tackles (compared to just 5 for Carter) over the first three outings. He’s even added a forced fumble to boot.
Davis has already eclipsed his rookie-year totals in sacks, TFL, QB hits and forced fumbles, showing everyone he appears primed for a huge sophomore leap. He looks so much more comfortable in his second NFL season, which has led to him making an impact on games that simply can’t be ignored.
Voters love to reward guys who put in the work and make significant improvements after a down year. As long as Davis keeps this up, he should challenge for a Pro Bowl spot.