3 Eagles players who deserved Pro Bowl selections this season
On Wednesday, the NFL officially announced the 2023 Pro Bowl rosters. The Philadelphia Eagles will send eight players to the games — if they don’t make it to the Super Bowl, of course.
Along with the eight starters the Eagles are sending, the team also had nine alternates selected. Here’s a look at every player selected as a starter or alternate.
Pro Bowl starters from the Eagles
- QB Jalen Hurts
- C Jason Kelce
- RT Lane Johnson
- WR AJ Brown
- RB Miles Sanders
- LG Landon Dickerson
- EDGE Haason Reddick
- CB Darius Slay
Pro Bowl alternates from the Eagles
- WR DeVonta Smith
- RG Isaac Seumalo
- LT Jordan Mailata
- DT Javon Hargrave
- DT Fletcher Cox
- DE Brandon Graham
- DE Josh Sweat
- CB James Bradberry
- LS Rick Lovato
Even though the Eagles are sending the most players to the Pro Bowl this year of any team in the league, there are some notable players who didn’t make that cut and should have.
Here are the three biggest Eagles Pro Bowl snubs of 2022.
S CJ Gardner-Johnson
For some inexplicable reason, players who were on IR during the Pro Bowl voting process were not eligible for votes. There were a handful of players around the league that got snubbed because of this and I imagine the NFL will change this moving forward.
One of the most noteworthy players to miss out on a Pro Bowl bid due to his placement on IR was Eagles S CJ Gardner-Johnson. CGJ lacerated his kidney during the team’s Week 12 contest against Green Bay and hasn’t played since. Still, the Eagles safety is tied for the league-lead in interceptions with six and he was well on-pace to crack double digits in that category.
Only three safeties made the Pro Bowl from the NFC: Quandre Diggs, Budda Baker, and Talanoa Hufanga. Diggs and Baker are veteran shoe-ins for the Pro Bowl at this point. Hufanga is a newcomer and has had a standout season as the starting safety on the best defensive unit in the NFL.
If CGJ was completely healthy all season, there’s no doubt he would’ve been a Pro Bowler. Nevertheless, his resume this season has been impressive, especially considering this is the first year he’s played safety.
TE Dallas Goedert
Another victim of the IR ineligibility, Dallas Goedert was well on his way to a Pro Bowl campaign before getting injured back in Week 10. He was on pace to post career-highs in every major receiving category in 2022.
In nine starts, Goedert totaled 43 receptions for 544 yards and three touchdowns. The whole “he only played nine games this season” argument against Goedert doesn’t work here either, given the fact that George Kittle was selected and has only started 12 games. In those 12 games, Kittle has accumulated 46 catches for 593 yards and six touchdowns. Goedert’s numbers are slightly lower than Kittle’s, but he’s right there.
Per Pro Football Focus, Goedert is the fifth-highest graded player at his position, posting a 77.2 overall grade this season. Kittle is eighth with a 74.4 mark, while TJ Hockenson (the other TE who made the cut) is all the way down at 22 with a 66.2 grade.
Couple Goedert’s receiving production with his blocking ability and there’s no reason he should be sitting at home during the Pro Bowl games this year.
LB TJ Edwards
TJ Edwards will get his due one day, but unfortunately, it won’t be this year.
The two backers who made it over Edwards, Fred Warner and Demario Davis, are having solid seasons. But in all honesty, it doesn’t come close to what Edwards has done. Through 15 weeks, Edwards has racked up 124 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, seven pass defenses, and one fumble recovery. Neither Warner nor Davis have eclipsed 100 tackles yet.
PFF grades Edwards out at 85.5 for the year, good for third-highest among interior linebackers. Warner is right behind him with an 83.5 mark, followed by Davis’ 78.3 grade, which ranks 11th.
The Pro Bowl is really just a popularity test at the end of the day and whoever has the best name recognition usually gets the nod. Outside of Philly, not many fans know anything about Edwards, even though he’s played at a Pro Bowl level for the past two years. Warner is essentially a shoe-in for the Pro Bowl at this point in his career. Davis’ 6.5 sacks this season is probably the reason he got selected, even though Edwards is clearly having the superior season.
It’ll be interesting to see if Edwards gets any consideration when it comes time to put together the All-Pro teams. Without a doubt, he deserves some recognition for how well he’s played this season.
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