Eagles roster: Reasonable expectations for Milton Williams in year two

Milton Williams, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
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Milton Williams #93, Philadelphia Eagles
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What will Milton Williams’ role be on this Eagles’ defense? How much will he play?

The offensive line might be the most complete unit on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. They’re the best in the business, and they’re led by the game’s best offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland. He’s probably one of about three or four things that Chip Kelly did right.

Philly’s rotation at the interior of the defensive line might wind up making their case for being the Eagles’ second-best unit. When was the last time we mentioned these guys and Fletcher Cox wasn’t the first name out of our mouths?

Hey, we’ll take it. When a franchise legend starts being treated like his days are numbered, that’s usually because the franchise is happy with its depth. Williams’ presence is a big reason for that being the case in Philadelphia.

In a reserve role during his rookie campaign, he appeared in all 17 games and made two starts. He played 456 defensive snaps, roughly 41 percent of the team’s total. Truthfully, while his snap total may not increase heavily (you have to remember the Birds have Jordan Davis and Javon Hargrave in the mix too), we still expect him to eclipse 500 snaps during the 2022-2023 NFL season.

We also expect him to improve in every statistical category as the Eagles’ defensive tackle rotation will allow him to remain fresh all season.