Top 5 one-year wonders of Doug Pederson’s Philadelphia Eagles era

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Michael Bennett, defensive end. 3. player. 54. . .

Perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles moved on from Michael Bennett a little too early?

Hey, remember this guy? Michael Bennett‘s career in Philadelphia began with some controversy as he battled with some off-field legal trouble that led to some questions about whether or not the Seattle Seahawks were aware of any of it when the dealt him and a seventh-round selection in 2018’s draft to Philly for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round draft pick.

The “Birds” got lucky, and none of Bennett’s off-field concerns affected his availability for 2018’s season. The result? He appeared in all 16 games, starting ten of them as he worked his way into 34 total tackles. Almost half of them (15) resulted in a loss of yardage. Add that to an impressive regular-season stat line that included nine sacks and two forced fumbles.

Then, for an encore, he started both of Philly’s games in the playoffs. There, he added another seven tackles. Three of those resulted in a loss of yardage, and he’d add another postseason sack for good measure. Call it a crazy theory, but the “Birds” may have moved on from him a year too early.