The Philadelphia Eagles rookie class appears to be headed in the right direction.
If you read Inside The Iggles often, you know that we have stood by Grant Calcaterra and Reed Blankenship since day one. We truly believe that these guys can be special.
Grant Calcaterra, Offensive Rookie of the Year Award
The Eagles don’t have many offensive rookies. Cam Jurgens is Jason Kelce’s heir apparent. Britain Covey hasn’t done much as a returner other than his showing in Week 13. We keep hearing that Josh Sills can play, but we’ve never really seen him do it.
With that being said, our offensive rookie of the year award goes to Grant Calcaterra. Three of his five receptions on the season have gone for first downs. He has also contributed on special teams. He could take another step if given proper coaching. Keep an eye on him in 2023.
Reed Blankenship, Defensive Rookie of the Year Award
Again. There aren’t a ton of guys to name here. Jordan Davis sustained a high-ankle sprain and a concussion. It feels like we should place him here, but he hasn’t had as many opportunities to prove himself as you might like. There also seems to be an effort to prepare him for next season.
Josh Jobe owns 12 defensive snaps and another 199 on special teams. Kyron Johnson has been good but not great on special teams.
Well give this one to Reed Blankenship based on a decent statistical showing and because he seemingly came from nowhere, but expect him, Davis, and Nakobe Dean to grow up well together. Reed owns 30 tackles having played in nine games with four starts. He also picked off a future Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers. The future looks bright
Biggest surprise: Fletcher Cox
We have given Fletcher Cox a hard time, and we have done so often. We have asked that he be run out of time. We have tried to ship him off. We’ve overlooked him for newer and shinier defensive tackles.
Quietly, in a reduced role, he has enjoyed his best season since 2018. While playing his least number of sacks since his rookie year, he has found a fountain of youth. The result? Try 43 tackles, seven sacks, and a forced fumble on for size.
We criticized him when he deserved it. We have to tip the cap to the future Hall of Famer when he deserves that too. Fletch has been awesome on the field and as a leader.
Honorable mention: C.J. Gardner-Johnson
Yeah, we knew he was good. We just didn’t know that he was this good.