Here’s a promise. Opinions can change. Theories can be altered, but you will never hear Inside The Iggles complain when we see hard work pay off. T.J. Edwards, an undrafted free agent rookie acquisition by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019, has paid his dues. He’s watched the only organization that he has played for sign and draft people to replace him. Through it all, he’s played his way back to the top of the depth chart. He’s been balling all season.
After 14 weeks (13 games) of the Eagles’ 2022-2023 regular season, he leads Philly in total tackles (115) and those that are of the solo variety (68). You can best believe the stat gurus over at Pro Football Focus noticed.
Recently, PFF released its Third-Quarter All-Pro Team. T.J. was one of four Birds that made the cut. Center Jason Kelce, right tackle Lane Johnson, and cornerback James Bradberry were the other three, and that was before Philly throttled the hated New York Giants this past Sunday.
Here’s what Sam Monson, the writer of this one, said about his reasoning for T.J.’s inclusion.
"Few linebackers have been as consistent as Edwards within the Eagles’ defense this season. He has 31 defensive stops, five pass breakups, and even 11 pressures on the blitz. While the average pass into a linebacker’s coverage generates a passer rating of around 105.0, passes into Edwards’ coverage are producing one of 63.7 this season."
Wide receiver A.J. Brown made Monson’s second team. While this is the one of the most unselfish teams that the Eagles have ever fielded, it’s nice to see some of the individual players get the credit that they deserve, especially T.J. Edwards. Hey, it appears that nice guys can finish first.
More Eagles news: The national media continues to rave about the 12-1 Eagles.
Playing in a football-hungry market like Philly, the Eagles are never starved for attention. When you’re one of the more popular teams in all of sports (and winning), your name rolls off of the tongues of some of the more well-known analysts nationally.
Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of ESPN and NBC Sports.
Don’t expect the discussions to slow down. As long as we continue to hear about Jalen Hurts’ MVP odds improving and there being a shot at the Philadelphia Eagles hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at season’s end, we’re all for it! Truthfully, we can listen to it all day.
Eagles roster: Philadelphia expected to add two veterans this week.
NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Monday that Reed Blankenship’s recent injury isn’t season-ending. That’s good news, but rumor has it that C.J. Gardner-Johnson may not be ready to return to action until the postseason begins though. That means the Eagles still need a body at the position.
Garofolo also reports that Anthony Harris visited the Eagles on Monday. If they sign him, that will fill the need. The same can be said about Philadelphia’s rumored interest in former Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern. Adam Schefter reports the Birds intend to sign him as well. He’d replace Arryn Siposs who was also injured in Week 14. Unfortunately, unlike Blankenship, Siposs’ injury figures to keep him out longer.