Philadelphia Eagles free-agent acquisitions who will start this season

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54. . . . Anthony Harris, safety. 28. player

The Philadelphia Eagles’ most underrated acquisition might be at safety.

When the Philadelphia Eagles added Anthony Harris as their first major addition of the free agency period on March 20th, there wasn’t a ton of enthusiasm, but everyone knew it was solid. Now that three months have gone by and we’ve gotten an opportunity to slow down and refocus, this is one of those additions that may go down as one of those sneaky signings that paid huge dividends.

We’re talking Patrick Robinson-level stuff here. After losing Malcolm Jenkins and experimenting with Jalen Mills at the safety position for a season in 2020, Harris gives the Birds, along with Rodney McLeod as good a starting safety duo as you’ll see in the National Football League this season.

As is the case with Eric Wilson, the assist for Harris’ addition has to be given to the Minnesota Vikings and new Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. He’s familiar with both Harris and Wilson from his days with the Vikes on their coaching staff. Like Wilson, Harris entered the league as an undrafted free agent.

The Vikes hit that one out of the park as well. Credit Anthony Harris with 3,184 defensive snaps, 284 total tackles, nine interceptions, a defensive touchdown, 28 pass breakups, and a forced fumble over the course of 81 games in six seasons.