Eagles situational players who will help make or break the 2022 season

Kenneth Gainwell #14, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Don’t forget about those ‘other guys’ on the Eagles!

One of the many differences between the NFL and other professional sports is there are so many people on the field, 22 on any given down to be exact. That won’t be news to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it’s worth a mention.

NBA teams put five guys on the court. If three of them are superstars, we’re probably talking about a contender. Professional football teams don’t have that luxury. You can have three Pro Bowlers on the field simultaneously, but if the other team’s reserve edge rusher beats your best left tackle in crunch time, you have a problem.

Often depth tells the tale, and often, those ‘other guys’ can make a play to help win games.

What if Corey Clement hadn’t gotten both feet down and maintained control of the ball in the back of the end zone during the Super Bowl? What if Trey Burton had sailed the ball over Nick Foles’ head during the Philly Special?

The greatest trick play in Super Bowl history saw an undrafted running back take a snap, toss the rock to a third-string tight end, and Burton threw a perfect pass to the backup quarterback. Don’t tell us the reserve guys can’t make plays.

Philadelphia enters the 2022-2023 NFL campaign with expectations, and while Darius Slay, Jalen Hurts, Jordan Mailata, Jason Kelce, and Fletcher Cox will earn mentions all season, the role players and situational guys will have a lot to do with how the season plays out. Here are a handful that figure to make Eagles fans smile all season.