5 Eagles Midseason Award Winners: Who Takes Home the Hardware?

At the midway point of the season, these Eagles stand out above the rest as deserving of Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and MVP honors.

Jalen Hurts leads the list of Eagles who earn midseason awards after Philadelphia wrapped up Week 9.
Jalen Hurts leads the list of Eagles who earn midseason awards after Philadelphia wrapped up Week 9. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Eagles Defensive Player of the Year: Jalen Carter

I didn't want to spoil my Defensive Player of the Year pick early in the story, but the case for Carter winning Eagles DRoY could really be boiled down to: he's their best defensive player overall, obviously he's their best defensive rookie.

The argument's not quite so simple on the national scale, as Carter's not currently in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year conversation (at least according to oddsmakers).

That doesn't mean he's not the clear award winner in Philly though.

Haason Reddick (7.5) and Josh Sweat (6.5) both lead Carter (4.0) in sacks, but relying on something as simple as sack totals to make the argument for all defensive linemen isn’t the right approach. The edge rushers will naturally rack up more sacks, and Carter’s presence on the inside is a big part of why those two can be so effective too.

According to Pro Football Focus, Carter has only logged about two-thirds as many pass-rush snaps as Sweat or Reddick (194 to 312 and 300, respectively), but still holds his own with 29 pressures to Sweat’s 46 and Reddick’s 35. On a per-snap basis, that makes Carter the leader.

PFF also grades Carter out much better as a run defender (68.4) than Sweat (58.2) or Reddick (62.2). And on overall grade, Carter’s 90.6 is by far the best on the team, with nobody else landing at even 85.0.