Almost every secret about Eagles star Josh Sweat is out now

Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

It’s an interesting thought to know a man can rack up 7.5 sacks and an additional 13 hits on opposing quarterbacks, do so in a rotational role, earn a spot on the Pro Bowl roster, and be considered ‘underrated’, but Josh Sweat isn’t your typical conversation piece, and the City of Brotherly Love isn’t your typical NFL town.

The Philadelphia Eagles never give us a shortage of talking points. Come on. The Phillies were enjoying some success and a hot streak. The 76ers were giving us plenty to talk about, and rather than discuss either of those topics, Birds fans took over the airwaves again as the biggest story became the Eagles’ decision to alter their wordmark and everyone’s dissatisfaction with how bland it looked.

Well, if we’re being honest, it did look like one of those Word fonts that Microsoft gives us to choose from.

That isn’t the point though! The point is this. Josh Sweat, according to ESPN’s Football Outsiders, is Philadelphia’s most underrated player. Here’s some of what they had to say on the subject:

"Who led the Eagles in hurries last year? Was it Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett or Javon Hargrave? No. It was fourth-year edge Josh Sweat, with 25 hurries and a team-high 7.5 sacks. Sweat’s three-year extension with Philadelphia will see him never have a cap hit above $6.1 million until 2024. Meanwhile, even with Haason Reddick onboard, Sweat might already be the most powerful edge on the team. There are edge players as good and as young as the 25-year-old Sweat, but you can count them on one hand and they probably weren’t drafted in the fourth round."

Buckle up. We have much to discuss.

Josh Sweat, one of the Eagles’ most silent and most productive weapons, isn’t going to sneak up on anyone in 2022.

A fourth-round draft choice in 2018, Josh Sweat has improved in each of his four NFL seasons. Much is expected in his fifth, especially seeing as how he’s newly minted with a three-year, $40 million extension that he was awarded on September 18th of 2021, but often, he can be ignored when a good conversation about Eagles football gets underway.

For many of us, it may have been year two before we even knew what his voice sounded like. Sweat doesn’t say much, and often, when he speaks, he speaks softly. You can always learn something though if you pay attention.

For the most part, Number 94 does his talking on the field. You don’t get much in the way of celebrations other than him wiping the imaginary sweat from his brow in his post-sack celebration. Even then, that only takes about two to three seconds.

The argument can be made that having stellar teammates has aided him some. It’s allowed him to fly under the radar.  Now, don’t read what hasn’t been written. Sweat can ball, and no man should apologize for having great teammates. Still, most of the secrets on Josh Sweat are out.

We don’t know them all. He has room to improve and hasn’t hit his ceiling yet, but we’re well aware that he’s a terror coming off of the edge.

He’s developed into quite the playmaker. There isn’t an offensive coordinator or head coach with the Eagles on their schedule that won’t be mentioning him in the week leading up to their game against Philadelphia.

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Sure, having Nakobe Dean, Jordan Davis, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Darius Slay, and James Bradbery as teammates means they’ll probably be mentioned more often whenever Eagles football takes center stage as the topic of discussion. Make no mistake about it though.

Josh Sweat is no longer some secret weapon the Eagles can hide and unleash on game days. Don’t worry though. He’ll have a monster 2022-2023 NFL season. We could be discussing another Pro Bowl appearance once we reach the end of the regular-season campaign.