Eagles DT Javon Hargrave earns his first Pro Bowl nod (and its about time)

Javon Hargrave Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Javon Hargrave Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports /

He had to kick the door a few more times than he normally does, but he finally kicked it down! To some, this is news. To members of the Philadelphia Eagles faithful, this only substantiates what we’ve known all season (and what we started to see glimpses of down the stretch in 2020). Javon Hargrave is finally headed to the Pro Bowl.

We needed some good news as we’ve spent a great deal of our time talking about statements made by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff about Jalen Hurts and Brandon Brooks’ recent decision to step away from the game he’s loved playing at its highest level for more than a decade.

The announcement came a little after lunchtime on the East Coast. Take a look.

Here’s a quick look at Javon Hargrave’s brilliant 2021-2022 NFL season.

As you know, the Philadelphia Eagles added Javon Hargrave on March 21st of 2020 while fishing in a free-agency pool filled with some fairly large fish. Some questioned the decision to add another defensive tackle when there were so many other needs, but looking back, it was the right move. He’s gone from being ‘Philly’s other defensive tackle’ to being a game-wrecker that offensive coordinators have made a point to gameplan for.

He’s appeared in 32 games with 28 starts for the Birds (that includes the recent Wild Card affair. The results have been good over that time frame.

Hargrave boasts 105 total tackles, including 43 of the solo variety and 14 that have resulted in a loss of yardage. He also boasts 12 sacks and an additional 26 hits on the opposing team’s signal-caller. He replaces Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark on the Pro Bowl roster as Clark is injured, giving the Eagles three Pro Bowlers now. Cornerback Darius Slay and center Jason Kelce are the other two.

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We can look at this two ways: ‘Good things come to those who wait’ or ‘It’s about time’. We’ll go with the latter. We’re still wondering how Hargrave was left off of the initial Pro Bowl roster in the first place. The only thing left now is for Jordan Mailata to be given his place on the team, and we might be able to put some of our reservations about recent snubs on the backburner… for the time being.