Stock up, stock down: 5 Philadelphia Eagles on each side of that coin

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1. player. 54. . . . Genard Avery, Defensive end

Genard Avery highlights a list of Philadelphia Eagles that we can’t stop talking about.

Well, just when we were about to give up on Genard Avery, he puts a bow on his best game as a member of the Eagles. Once he made the active roster, a lot of Philly’s fans were asking why his spot wasn’t given to Joe Ostman. Following a brilliant game on the West Coast, Avery isn’t receiving the usual criticism heading into Week 5.

. Derek Barnett, defensive end. 2. player. 54. .

Don’t look now, but Derek Barnett might be the healthiest that he’s been since his rookie season in the NFL (2017). Hey, Brandon Graham was a late-bloomer. Barnett may be as well. After three total tackles in his 2020 debut versus the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, he’s racked up eight total tackles, two tackles for a loss of yardage, and 2.5 sacks over the course of Week 3 and Week 4.

If this is, indeed his breakout season, that will be very helpful for a Philadelphia Eagles defense that, more often than not, has looked like it’s void of playmakers.