As part of their offseason work, PFF has been ranking all positions, sometimes by group (OL) and sometimes individually. Where do the Eagles' rank? As it turns out, pretty damn well. Outside of QB and Safety every position is above average to elite, really safety is the only position which can be called a real weakness.
As far as QB, Hurts clocked in at 77.1 in PFF grading in 2021 included his rushing, which is average. If he is even average as a thrower in 2022, this might end up being a very special team.
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The Giants have already decided to not pick up Jones’ fifth-year option, so he might be playing for his career this season. Luckily, the Giants have given him, probably, the best supporting cast he’s played with in his career. None of the players in this group have posted an 80.0-plus single-season grade in their career, but Jones’ 78.4 ranks No. 1, and he has two of three 70-plus-graded seasons.
Hurts has the other 70-plus-graded season with a 77.1 grade last season. Lock has not even eclipsed a 65.0-plus single-season grade.
18. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
Sanders is an interesting evaluation from a numbers standpoint because he ranks well in metrics such as EPA per rush and rushing yards over expected, but his PFF grading profile isn’t nearly as impressive. Part of that can be attributed to an offensive line that Philadelphia has invested heavily in making life easier on the ground for Sanders.
Sanders did improve his overall PFF grade to a career-best 70.2 in 2021, but that still ranked just 27th at the position among qualifiers. This ranking leaves some room for a healthy Sanders to continue improving in 2022.
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A.J. Brown, a legitimate No. 1 option who can win over the middle of the field, changes everything for Philadelphia’s receiving corps. The only wide receivers to average more receiving yards per route run than Brown — who the Eagles traded for on Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft — since he entered the league in 2019 (2.61) are Davante Adams and Justin Jefferson.
Brown, DeVonta Smith and one of the more underrated tight ends in the league (Dallas Goedert) is a nice core with players like Quez Watkins and the thus-far disappointing Jalen Reagor adding some speed behind them on the depth chart.
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Projected Starting Lineup
LT: Jordan Mailata
LG: Landon Dickerson
C: Jason Kelce
RG: Isaac Seumalo
RT: Lane Johnson
There may not be a single below-average starter along the Eagles' offensive line. Pair that with arguably the best tackle duo in the NFL, and there’s no debate about which team's offensive line belongs at No. 1 heading into 2022. Jordan Mailata's incredible development at left tackle can't be understated. After not playing a snap in his first two NFL seasons, Mailata went from spot starter at left tackle in 2020 to the third-highest-graded player at the position in the NFL last season.
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The backbone of Philadelphia’s defensive line for years — a 31-year-old Fletcher Cox and 34-year-old Brandon Graham — is aging. However, the Eagles have done a nice job of continuing to add depth and create a deep rotation this offseason. Philadelphia added Jordan Davis and Haason Reddick this offseason while also bringing back Derek Barnett in free agency.
As he displayed at the combine, Davis is a truly unique athlete for his size who can single-handedly change a run defense with his power and the way he can hold the point of attack on the interior. Reddick, meanwhile, is tied for 15th among edge rushers in quarterback pressures over the last two seasons (99).
18. T.J. EDWARDS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Edwards has shown that as much as linebacker is one of the most athletic-traits-driven positions in football, prospects with marginal physical tools can still become solid NFL starters. Those tools caused Edwards to go undrafted despite an excellent college career, and he had to fight his way into a starting job by excelling in the preseason and on special teams. He is a fantastic story of earning a job the hard way
32. KYZIR WHITE, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Safety - okay, not even ranked. So we know this is a weakness.
6. DARIUS SLAY, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
"Big Play Slay" is coming off the highest-graded season of his NFL career. He played far less at the line of scrimmage and worked in off-zone more than in any other season of his tenure, and it paid dividends.
Slay was rarely caught out of position and didn’t let anything up for most of the season. His 86.2 coverage grade as an outside cornerback led the NFL, and he ranked 11th in both yards allowed per outside-coverage snap (0.79) and percentage of outside targets to result in a first down or touchdown (29.4%). While Philadelphia’s new defense struggled at times, it continues to bring out the best of Slay.
22. JAMES BRADBERRY, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Bradberry enjoyed a career year in his first season with the New York Giants in 2020. He turned in a 79.8 PFF grade, well over 10 grading points ahead of his previous career-best. Unfortunately, Bradberry reverted to his older form in 2021 and saw his grade fall 17 grading points. He still ranked well above the 50th percentile in outside coverage grade thanks to 17 combined pass breakups and interceptions, but he also tied for the most touchdowns allowed (8). The new Eagle will always be a productive player, given his physicality, but it’s going to come with some bust tendencies.
9. AVONTE MADDOX, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Maddox has played just about everywhere in the secondary in his four-year Eagles career. He went from free safety and outside corner in 2018 to the slot in 2019, then back to the outside for 2020. He didn't enjoy much success, as he earned single-season PFF grades below 60.0 each year.
In 2021, as Maddox moved back to the nickel spot full-time, things were different, as his 76.1 coverage grade was top-five at the position. The Pitt product is an effective tackler who consistently breaks downhill and snuffs out plays underneath — his 17 passing stops in the slot tied for the most in the NFL last season.