3 Most undervalued Philadelphia Eagles as we approach training camp

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Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles
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54. . . . Josh Sweat, defensive end. . player

The Philadelphia Eagles have a budding star in Josh Sweat.

Here’s a controversial statement if there ever was one. No one will ever state that Ryan Kerrigan’s addition to the Eagles roster this past offseason wasn’t a good move that could pay huge dividends, but the Birds may not have needed him as much as they think they do.

You’re absolutely right in what you’re thinking. Teams have never made the following statement. “We have too many pass rushers”, but every NFL team has had a tendency to rob their young guns of what could have been successful careers at the professional level because of things that were out of their control i.e. bad coaching, bad scheme, or not giving them a real opportunity.

Are you ready for another controversial statement? Well, here it is. There’s a chance that, when we look at where both men have arrived and do so three years from now, Josh Sweat might have turned out to be a better player than Derek Barnett.

Sweat can most certainly ball. He just doesn’t get the playing time he should. He played 38 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps in 2020 and wound up with 60 total tackles, three forced fumbles, and six sacks on 421 defensive snaps.  An increased role could really elevate Philly’s defensive line.