There are a lot of superlatives that describe Philadelphia Eagles star Darius Slay. He’s one of the Mississippi State Bulldogs’ favorite sons and a former/current teammate of one of the best Birds to ever play in the City of Brotherly Love (Fletcher Cox). That’s just a small part of the story though.
Big Play is a former Second-team All-SEC nod (2012). He was the NFL interceptions co-leader and a First-team All-Pro nod in 2017. His most recent trip to the Pro Bowl to represent the National Football Conference is his fourth.
The Eagles social media team has had its cameras fixated on Slay, Josh Sweat, Jake Elliott, and Javon Hargrave all week in Las Vegas during practice and the Pro Bowl’s skills competition, and if you haven’t learned anything about Big Play yet, you should have learned this.
We mentioned some of his superlatives, but here’s a word that will never be used to describe him… camera shy. Whenever there’s a camera around or a mic that gets turned on, Number 2 is magic.
Eagles star Darius Slay won’t stop discussing a position switch.
Philly’s all-star cover guy turned defense into offense quite often during the 2021-2022 NFL regular season. Prior to sitting out of the finale versus the Dallas Cowboys, Slay appeared in the first 16 games of the Eagles season and started every single one of them.
He racked up 52 total tackles including 40 solo stops. He intercepted three passes. His third, one versus the New Orleans Saints during a must-win game, was returned for a touchdown.
He also scored on two fumble recoveries, one versus his former squad the Detroit Lions (the Motor City’s own Avonte Maddox punched the ball out) and another that helped the Birds put the Broncos away on the road.
There should be no doubts about why he’s on the Pro Bowl roster, but he’s still making every effort to earn himself a few snaps on the offensive side of the ball. This began during the regular season, and he actually found his way onto the field (as a decoy of course). Have a look for yourself.
With some of the NFL’s best players in Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl, Slay is still trying to convince someone to put him in the game to play a little wide receiver on offense, but don’t take our word for it. Have a look for yourselves:
You have to love this guy. You just have to. Might the NFC give him a shot in the Pro Bowl?
We’ve seen versatility in Philadelphia with these Eagles before: Randall Cunnigham, DeSean Jackson, Malcolm Jenkins, Darren Sproles. There hasn’t been a great two-way player in Philadelphia since ‘Concrete’ Chuck Bednarik held things down at center and linebacker for this team many moons ago.
Don’t get your hopes up. Darius Slay won’t be a two-way player for this Eagles team. It isn’t going to happen. Then again… who knows. After seeing the Philly Special and Lane Johnson catch a touchdown pass, who knows what the future holds.