We could only put five guys on the list, but several other Philadelphia Eagles deserve an honorable mention.
You’ll never be able to pull out ten years of football from one of the NFL’s most storied and proudest franchises to create a list of five men without having some very noticeable absences. Sure, statistics are important, but they pale in comparison to the moments they occurred in.
Kurt Coleman picking off Donovan McNabb during a 59–28 massacre in Washington is a nice feather in the cap of one of Philly’s most memorable wins, but it doesn’t hold a candle to another rookie, Jordan Hicks, who, in his first start, stepped in to fill the void for an injured Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso to tally ten total tackles, a pass breakup, a fumble recovery, and his first career interception versus the New York Jets.
Despite suffering a season-ending pectoral injury in a 33-27 overtime victory versus the Dallas Cowboys, Hicks will also be remembereed as one of the heroes of that game thanks to a fourth-quarter pick-six on Matt Cassell. Had he been able to finish the 2015 season healthy, there’s no doubt that he would have made the cut. His numbers were impressive, but more importantly, he delivered in big moments. Not everyone can say that.
Timing is everything, and despite the fact that two current Eagles, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, put up nice numbers in their first years in what was mostly reserve duty, they both failed to crack the top five. They’re both deserving of honorable mention though, as are Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson, two current Eagles and two of the team’s best players of all time. They both started all 16 games of their rookie campaigns and were as close to perfect as two people can be.
What follows is the top five rookie seasons from 2010-2019.