The Philadelphia Eagles will head down to Raymond James Stadium as they square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round on Monday night.
The defense will get a major boost in the secondary with cornerback Darius Slay returning. Slay announced on his podcast that he will be suiting up in the postseason showdown.
"It's go time now. It's playoff time, playoff football, and best believe, I'll be out there," Slay said on Jan. 10.
The Mississippi State product is officially listed as questionable but don't look too deep into that Eagle fans. Slay's presence will provide a morale booster for the struggling group.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection suffered a knee injury on Dec. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys and underwent arthroscopic surgery. The Eagles lost three of the final four games without the All-Pro defender on the field.
Slay was tied for seventh in the NFL in pass deflections (15) along with 57 total tackles and one interception. Philadelphia's defense has been through the wringer this season, ranking 31st in the league in pass defense (252.7).
Slay being on the field is massive since Tampa Bay had Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both went over 1,000-yard receiving yards in 2023.
While he was sidelined, the Eagles' pass defense struggled. Over the final two weeks, Philadelphia allowed both Kyler Murray and Tyrod Taylor to throw for 230-plus yards and at least one passing score.
With the biggest game of the season on the horizon, Slay's return to the field can't be understated.
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