I've been thinking a lot lately about the Pro Bowl and how many players we should have that are pretty easy considerations. But how many do we actually have? Unfortunately it's not always about the best player. Sometimes name recognition plays a factor. Sometimes splash plays are more valued than others. Here is my list of who I believe we're sending to the Pro-Bowl if the season ended today with a breakdown of why.
Starting with Offense
QB Jalen Hurts: Any time you're in the running for MVP you're an easy choice for the Pro Bowl. There should be no argument here, but..., Hurts' haters... well..., there's always the ignore button. Let's Look at where Hurts is at midway through the season
- Hurts' PFFs passing grade of 85.3 is ranked 2nd in the league
PFFs Bayseian QB ranking has him 3rd behind only Allen and Mahomeshttps://www.pff.com/news/nfl-week-8-quarterback-rankings
- His RTG of 107.8 is 2nd in the league only to Tua
- 10th in overall passing yards
- 2nd in average yards per pass
- With 12 TDs and only 2 Interceptions he's been efficient while protecting the ball
- 6 Rushing TDs
- 81.5 Adjusted Passing Completion Percentage which is the highest of all starting QBs
WR AJ Brown: When your quarterback is going to the pro bowl, there's a good chance some of his offensive weapons are coming with him. That's not to ignore the impact of AJ Brown himself. Brown has been a large part of Hurts' breakout.
- 718 receiving yards. 6th in the league and 3rd in the conference behind Jefferson and Kupp
- 6 TD which is tied for 2nd most in the league
- 89.9 receiver grade by PFF ranked 4th
- 656 yards which is 7th in the league
- the only RB in the NFC with more yards is Saquon and he's averaging 4.8 yards/carry
- He's doing this while being on a team that does running back by committee and has a mobile QB that is actively used in the running game. Teams with mobile quarterbacks who are a significant part of their run game like Baltimore or Buffalo, don't have running backs doing what Miles is doing.
- 6 TDs which is tied for 5th
- 521 receiving yards ranked 2nd among TEs and 21st among all receivers
- 125.8 passer rating when targeted!!
- 2 TDs he could use a few more of these but it doesn't take away from how good he's playing or the impact he is making for his QB and team
- 8.9 yard average after the catch.
- Ranked 8th overall by PPF
- has 0 sacks and 0 QB hits in 521 snaps, which none of the players ranked higher can claim.
- Ranked 3rd overall by PPF
- 0 sacks and 0 QB hits in 552 snaps
Honestly this is a bit harder. Our defense is clearly one of the top defenses in the league led by many excellent players. We have struggled a bit on the run defense, which may just be subject to the style of play. But it does hurt the argument for some of our players who have not graded out well in that category.
DT: Javone Hargrave: If he continues to stay hot, this should be a more certain pick, but I feel he's on the bubble right now and it could go either way as there are some other great players at this position.
- 87.8 Pass Rush grade by PFF which is ranked 5th
- 6 Sacks tied for 3rd among all DTs
- 20 Hurries tied for 5th among all DTs
- For context he has more sacks and hurries than Aaron Donald
- Whats hurting his chances is the rush defense and tackling. He's not a household name so he'll have to continue to put up sacks and TFLs
- 83.6 coverage ranking by PFF which has him ranked as 5th in the league, 2nd in the NFC
- 3 INT which is 2nd among Cornerbacks
- 36.2 Passer Rating Allowed
- 78.2 coverage ranking 15th by PFF
- 3 INT
- 38.4 Passer Rating allowed.
- Through 8 games CGJ has 5 interceptions on a new defense
- 1 sack
Honorable Mentions: I expect to receive some pushback here for excluding some players, but sometimes it comes down to a certain aspect of their game that is lacking, and sometimes they are just being out performed by players on other teams, despite their great play for the Eagles
DE Graham, Reddick, and Sweat: are all having great years. This position group is much like our running back position where it's done by committee, and no single DE is crushing it alone. Sweat and Graham have also been relatively decent against the run. The problem is the competition at this spot is very high, with some big names and this could get down to popularity. If any of those three go on a tear, they could fight their way into a spot.
LB TJ Edwards: is having a great year and is ranked 10th out of all LBs according to PFF. Not enough splash plays to get considered, and as with the rest of the defense needs to get better against the run. Coverage could also improve.
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