The Eagles can’t take a Cardinals defense loaded with playmakers lightly.
After missing the first game of the season, J.J. Watt has appeared in each of the last three. He’s currently listed as questionable on the Cards’ depth chart, but if he can go, he’s someone to watch. Here are five other stars on their defense.
Budda Baker, safety
Perhaps the most recognizable of Arizona’s defenders who are not named J.J. Watt, Budda Baker leads the team in total tackles and, at times, can be a big play waiting to happen.
Isaiah Simmons, linebacker
Being the eight-overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft ensured that all eyes would constantly be on Isaiah Simmons. That will again be the case when the Eagles’ offense is operating versus Arizona’s defense in Week 5.
Jalen Thompson, safety
Jalen Thompson isn’t as well-known as Budda Baker, but he’s highly effective and capable. Through Arizona’s first four games, he leads the team in solo tackles (22), he’s second in total tackles (28), and he already has two pass breakups and an interception on his resume.
Zach Allen, defensive end
Zach Allen is one of three Cardinals with a sack on the season (J.J. Watt and Dennis Gardeck are the other two). Keep an eye on this young man. He’s capable of producing big plays at the most inopportune times for the Eagles’ high-powered offense.
Marco Wilson, cornerback
Arizona has some talented cornerbacks on the roster. Marco Wilson leads the unit in total tackles and pass breakups (two), and forced fumbles (one). The Eagles had better know where he is at all times.