You say you want to sure up that Eagles pass rush, huh?
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you’ve no doubt stared up at the ceiling at pondered life knowing that Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett are your starters at defensive end. The chances of generating a consistent and successful pass rush in 2020 lie primarily in their hands.
We all know what Graham is capable of. We know that he’s also one of the more underappreciated stars in the entire National Football League. Graham is also aging. He just turned 32 years old in April. This next season may be his last due to the massive cap number that he commands.
Barnett’s story is a little different. Like Graham, he was a first-round selection, and like Graham, he’s been a bit of a slow starter, but in a world where so many people are obsessed by stats and impatient, slow starts by high draft picks are even less tolerated than it was when “B.G.” entered the league in 2010.
Philly might want to start thinking of the future, and that’s especially true knowing that despite the fact that the Eagles picked up the fifth-year option on Barnett’s rookie deal, Shareef Miller, Josh Sweat, and Daeshon Hall don’t have anyone beating their chests.
The Eagles don’t need to ignore the possibility of bringing in an established end and pass rusher, so if that Yannick Ngakoue thing doesn’t pan out, someone like Calais Campbell might. He’s a stud on the field and a leader in the locker room and community.