Brandon Graham leads a very strong defensive line group for the Eagles
Although things in Philadelphia seem grim at the moment, there is hope for the Eagles. Howie Roseman and Jim Schwartz have put together an incredible group of players for the Eagles on the defensive line. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and so many more are having career seasons.
Brandon Graham has been the star of the show in 2020. Through 8 games Graham has 7 sacks, looking to easily shatter his record of 9.5 in 2017. Right now he is 8th in the NFL in sacks trailing leader Myles Garrett by 2.5 sacks. Brandon Graham having this much success at 32 is remarkable.
It has been often said that Fletcher Cox has fallen off a cliff this season. While Cox might not be what he once was, he definitely is still an elite defensive tackle. Fletcher’s sacks aren’t likely to reach the 10.5 but his 7 tackles for loss and would be on pace for almost 14 this year.
Fletcher’s current career high is 12 in 2018. His numbers falling have been a combination of age and just the amount of talent around Cox. The last few years Cox has been the priority to block for offensive lines. The attention drawn to Cox allows his other linemen to get the matchups they need to succeed.
Malik Jackson is on pace to break his record for QB hits with 22. His previous record was 19 QB hits in 2016. Derek Barnett has 3.5 sacks on the season with a career high of 6.5 last season and could break his tackle record of 30 as well, having 18 already.
Josh Sweat has continued his great development with 3 sacks so far this year, he had 4 in 2019. Sweat has been a huge rotation piece for the Eagles and should be the defensive end of the future with Derek Barnett opposite of him.
As a team the Eagles are 2nd in the NFL with 31 sacks trailing only Pittsburgh (36). Philadelphia is also tied for 2nd most in sacks per game at 3.44. They are tied with the LA Rams and behind Pittsburgh who has 4.
The numbers don’t lie. This Eagles defensive line has been incredible having both individual and team success all year long. While other things might be going wrong in Philadelphia, you can be certain it wasn’t the D-Line.
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