Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Breakout player candidates not named Jalen Hurts

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54. . Defensive End. Philadelphia Eagles. Josh Sweat. 94. player

Is this the year that the Philadelphia Eagles give Sweat enough snaps?

In his third season as a professional, Josh Sweat had a career year last year with six sacks and 38 tackles, but it still feels like there’s more room for him to grow. Now while entering a contract year, Sweat may finally get enough opportunities to break out.

The Florida State product has always been shadowed by former first-round pick Derek Barnett for this exact reason: Barnett being the 14th overall pick in 2017. Last year, Sweat put up more sacks and tackles for loss than Barnett despite playing over 100 fewer snaps.

Injuries were a big problem for him coming out of college, but Sweat’s body appears ready to handle a larger workload. The only thing that’s stunting his growth is a lack of playing time.

Before committing to another contract, the Eagles should want to see more of what the young pass rusher has to offer and will hopefully give him some more snaps.

Contract years can oftentimes bring the best out of a player. With a healthy body and more opportunities, Sweat could emerge as a top pass rusher for the Philadelphia Eagles next season. He’s only scraped the surface of what he’s capable of.