Every so often, we sit back and we ponder the what-ifs. What if Donovan McNabb had never gotten injured in that NFC Championship Game versus the Carolina Panthers? What if James Bradberry hadn't been flagged for holding in Super Bowl LVII? What if the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Warren Sapp instead of Mike Mamula?
There's nothing we can do about any of that now, but here's where we can rejoice. Football is a give-and-take game that, honestly, takes more often than it gives, but every once in a while, fortune lands on your side.
Philly struck gold by drafting Jalen Carter. A lot had to happen for that the occur, including the Chicago Bears passing on him twice, but we can promise you this.
One day, missing on Jalen Carter will give Chicago a taste of Philadelphia's medicine. He'll wind up being one of their 'what-ifs?' if he isn't already. Things may already be trending in that direction, especially after the rookie's latest nod.
Jalen Carter lands on thr Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie Team.
PFWA released its All-Rookie Team this week. Our guy Jalen Carter made the cut. Come on! Is anyone shocked by that? He didn't earn their Defensive Rookie of the Year nod. That honor was given to Houston Texans rookie Will Anderson Jr., but this is the second time in as many years that an Eagles defensive tackle was named to the squad.
During his rookie season, Jalen Carter appeared in 16 of Philly's 17 games, making one start. He also appeared in their lone playoff game. 30 tackles, six sacks ,47 quarterback pressures, and nine quarterback hits were the result of his 563 regular-season snaps. He registered two more tackles during the postseason game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carter also racked up two forced two fumbles, a blocked field-goal attempt, and he recovered one fumble, one he returned for a touchdown. He'll be one of the candidates for the Associated Press's Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.