Eagles roster: Expect to see Jaquiski Tartt in the starting lineup fairly quickly

Jaquiski Tartt #3, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Jaquiski Tartt #3, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Training camp approaches for the Philadelphia Eagles, and just in case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a long time since any of us have had something negative to say about Howie Roseman. Something changed over the past few months. Maybe it was the draft class that he put together back in April. Perhaps Jaquiski Tartt was the icing on the cake. Whatever it was, Howie’s gone from being public enemy number one to a conquering hero.

Sure, that trade that brought A.J. Brown into the nest was major, so much so that people have seemingly forgotten how good that Haason Reddick acquisition was, but it’s those other moves that we mention less often that may decide how the season plays out.

The Birds are going to get a lot of work out of guys like Kyzir White and Zach Pascal, and Tartt has the potential to be just as good as those guys, if not better.

Expect to see Jaquiski Tartt in the Eagles’ starting lineup by the second month of the season at the latest.

We mentioned Howie earlier. It can’t be overstated how good he’s been this offseason. Some of the business model was familiar.

Taking Jordan Davis in Round 1 of the most recent draft was the quintessential Howie Roseman selection. Adding a solid secondary star in James Bradberry post-draft was also familiar. We’ve seen him do that with the likes of Ronald Darby and Steven Nelson.

Many wanted to see a trade that added Jessie Bates III from the Cincinnati Bengals, but Jaquiski Tartt is the best consolation prize that you can ask for. A former teammate of Bradberry’s at Samford with the Bulldogs, Tartt landed in the NFL by way of the San Francisco 49ers using the 46th-overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft on him.

86 games with 70 starts later (we’re including six playoff games), he has 394 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions, and 18 pass breakups on his professional resume. The Birds figure to enter the 2022-2023 NFL regular season with Marcus Epps and Anthony Harris as their starting tandem at the safety position, but keep an eye on Tartt as well.

The day he walks into the NovaCare Complex, he’ll be one of the top three safeties on the Eagles roster. By Week 5, we could be arguing about whether or not he’s earned a starting role.

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You always worry about injuries as he’s had plenty. He also isn’t getting any younger. He just turned 30 in February, but the point here is this.

No one should turn a blind eye to how good of a signing this is. Jaquiski Tartt will contribute early and often for this Eagles team. Once seen as a weakness, this secondary has become a major strength for the defense. Look no further than Jaquiski Tartt if you need evidence of that statement’s accuracy.