More Eagles defensive momentum and other takeaways ahead of Week 5

Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jordan Davis #90, Philadelphia Eagles
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There’s one issue we have with the Eagles’ defense, Jordan Davis’ underutilization.

Let’s put this as plainly as we can. If you use a top-15 draft choice on a guy and trade up to get him, he can’t see 17 snaps in a football game.

Jordan Davis must play more.

Raise your hand if you saw Jordan Davis blow up a running play and get taken out of the game immediately afterward. He also had a QB hurry that led to an incomplete pass on the Jaguars’ first play of the second quarter.

That one could have been a touchdown had Lawrence had the opportunity to set his feet and make a better throw downfield as Lamal Agnew had a step on Marcus Epps and Zech McPhearson. The Eagles wound up recovering a Trevor Lawrence fumble three plays later, and that was huge as the Jags had an opportunity to go up 21-0.

During the first four weeks of the regular season, Jordan Davis has seen 22 snaps, 21 snaps, 24 snaps, and 17 snaps respectively. He’s been hovering around being on the field for about 35% of the snaps or less. That can’t happen.

The Eagles can beat you in a ton of different ways.

The Eagles have won by way of Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown putting the offense on their back in Week 1. Darius Slay was the MVP of Week 2. The defense rose to the occasion with an aforementioned nine-sack performance versus the Commanders in Week 3. Brandon Graham earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career after that one.

In Week 4, the defense again took center stage. Haason Reddick tallied four tackles, including one that resulted in a loss of yardage, as well as two sacks, an additional quarterback hit, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

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The Eagles faced some adversity, and they handled it appropriately, overcoming a 14-point deficit to win by a 29-21 margin. Each week, they’ve proven that they can win in different ways. Each week has produced a different hero. We can’t wait to see who rises to the occasion in Week 5.