Eagles DE Javon Hargrave lands high on list of NFL’s top-10 free agent signings of 2020

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Glenn Erby
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When the 2020 NFL free agency concluded, the Eagles landed high on a list of teams that made quality signings after the team announced the acquisition of Javon Hargrave.

A game-wrecking nose-guard for the Steelers, Hargrave was expected to bring his 2-gap dominance over to the Eagles 4-3 scheme, allowing Fletcher Cox to be even more dominant.

Hargrave missed the bulk of training camp with an injury and a slow start to the 2020 season had some believing that Philadelphia made a regretful mistake. The talented defensive tackle finally seems comfortable and the Eagles defensive has seen a boost in play thanks to Hargrave finally starting to dominate.

NFL.com recently listed the top-10 free agent signings of the 2020 offseason and Hargrave’s deal landed at No. 4 on the list.

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4
Javon Hargrave
Javon Hargrave
Philadelphia Eagles · DT
Contract: Three years, $39 million.

Hargrave moved from one end of Pennsylvania to the other in 2020, and though the Eagles are struggling, it’s not because of his play. Hargrave has been a factor on the interior of Philadelphia’s defense, recording 23 quarterback pressures (12th-most among interior defensive linemen), while posting the ninth-best pressure rate at 9.7 percent. Hargrave is flirting with his career-high in sacks (6.5) with 4.5 and three games left to play, and he’s already tied his career-high in QB hits with eight.

Philadelphia has problems to fix, but Hargrave is not one of them.

Hargrave has logged 3.0 of his 4.5 sacks in his last three starts and he’ll need to be dominant in Dallas on Sunday.

The Eagles (4-9-1) need to defeat the Cowboys (5-9) Sunday on the road while hoping for losses from Washington (6-8) and the New York Giants (5-5) in their matchups with Carolina and Baltimore.

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