Potential breakout candidates for each Eagles division rival

Jake Ferguson #87, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles, NFC East
Israel Mukuamu #24, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) /

The NFC, more than likely, figures to come down to the Eagles and the Cowboys again.

The Dallas Cowboys franchised Tony Pollard and said goodbye to Ezekiel Elliott. They added Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks but also lost Dalton Schultz to the same Houston Texans team they gained Cooks from.

On paper, it still feels like the Eagles are the better team, but they’ll have to prove themselves and beat Dallas in Arlington for the first time since 2017. That’s the next step in taking control of this rivalry.

Dallas has some talent though, both obvious and under the radar.

TE Jake Ferguson

Jake Ferguson is, without question, the reason that Dallas felt good about moving on from Schultz. A fourth-round draft choice in the 2022 draft, he snagged 19 receptions that resulted in 174 yards and two touchdowns last season, but in an expanded role, he should become a focal point of the passing attack.

DB Israel Mukuamu

A sixth-round draft choice in 2021, Israel Mukuamu appeared in four games as a rookie before making three starts in 15 in-game appearances last season.

He balled out in the playoffs versus the Bucs. He was drafted to play safety but was decent in the slot, so he’ll probably get more reps there this year.

LB Damone Clark

A fifth-round selection of the Cowboys in 2022, there were theories that Damone Clark could have been taken higher. He collected 47 tackles and two forced fumbles in ten games with five starts as a rookie. He could become more of a problem in Dallas’s defense this season.