Under-the-radar Eagles who contributed the most to their playoff run

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T.J. Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles
T.J. Edwards #57, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

T.J. Edwards, linebacker. 57. player. 54. . .

Philadephia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards

Like the aforementioned Greg Ward, T.J. Edwards was an undrafted free agent. Unlike Ward, the Eagles added him after the 2019 NFL Draft, so doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring to show for his continued efforts to prove he belongs.

Some of the word on T.J. ranged from he was too slow to play in the NFL to the Eagles having a steal in the former Wisconsin Badgers standout. The Eagles have experimented with bringing guys in to replace him (Eric Wilson, Genard Avery), yet it’s been Edwards that’s risen to the top like cream in this midnight green brew.

Give Alex Singleton a nod as well. He endured some early-season struggles and fell out of favor with some of the coaching staff as they fell in love with Davion Taylor. His injury and trip to the injured reserve opened the door for Singleton and Edwards, and they did well with their opportunity.

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They’ve elevated the linebacker position from a continual area of concern to be a strength on this Eagles defense. Edwards has gone from playing an average of around 23 percent of the snaps from Week 1 to Week 7 to being on the field for an average of just under 60 snaps per contest from Week 9 on after being on the field for 41 snaps and notching 13 total tackles and a quarterback hit versus the Detroit Lions.