Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2018 rookie class performances
By Alex DeMarzo
CB Chandon Sullivan
Coming out of Georgia State, Chandon Sullivan was picked up by the Birds following the draft as a free agent. The 5-foot 11-inch cornerback failed to make the final 53-man roster but earned a spot on the practice squad. Sullivan was promoted to the active roster after Derek Barnett was placed on injured reserve in October.
Numerous injuries to the Eagles defense, primarily the secondary paved the way for Sullivan to showcase his abilities. However, he had only five games to show everyone he can play in this league. Sullivan allowed seven catches for 137 yards while recording seven tackles in 2018.
The Eagles waived Sullivan on Christmas Eve to make room for Mike Wallace. However, he did make his way back to the practice squad two days later.
DE Josh Sweat
Defensive end Josh Sweat was considered to be a project in 2018 and not receive much playing behind the likes of Brandon Graham, Chris Long, and Derek Barnett. However, Sweat was another player granted the opportunity when Barnett went down with a season-ending injury in October.
The 2018 campaign didn’t go as well as Sweat planed it would be. Playing in nine games, Sweat collected one tackle, one quarterback hit, and one pressure. Sweat only saw 68 snaps in his rookie season before falling victim to the injury bug.
The 6-foot 5-inch edge rusher out of Florida State garnered high praise from Eagles’ players and coaches. They all described him as an explosive edge rusher who can get to the backfield in a hurry. Sweat could have a promising future in this league. We may see his playing time go up in 2019 with Graham planning to test free agency this offseason.