Philadelphia Eagles’ roster comparison: 2021 vs. 2022 defense

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The Eagles returned to the postseason in 2021 a year or two ahead of schedule, and their 31-15 road loss to the Buccaneers signaled a change in roster building.

He was often criticized for not valuing the linebacker position, and GM Howie Roseman gave the group a complete renovation, signing a pass rusher, an athletic marvel in coverage while drafting the top defender from college football’s best team.

Knowing he needed to address the wide receiver position, Roseman traded several picks to the Titans in return for a young superstar, A.J. Brown.

With the 2022 regular season now just a week away, we’re comparing the rosters from last season and this current team on both sides of the football, finishing up with the defense.

DE

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With the addition of Haason Reddick and more emphasis on the pass-rushing SAM linebacker spot, Philadelphia kept four defensive ends, all talented.

2021

2022

Derek Barnett

Josh Sweat

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

Tarron Jackson

Derek Barnett

Ryan Kerrigan

Tarron Jackson

Josh Sweat

 

DT

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Philadelphia only added one player to the group, and he’s a monster.

Cox and Hargrave enter the final years of their contracts, while Tuipulotu and Milton Williams will look to improve.

2021

2022

Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox

Javon Hargrave

Javon Hargrave

Marlon Tuipulotu

Marlon Tuipulotu

Milton Williams

Milton Williams

Jordan Davis

 

LB

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Philadelphia upgraded drastically at the position, adding Haason Reddick and Kyzir White via free agency.

Former All-American Nakobe Dean and Kyron Johnson were added via the draft, adding to T.J. Edwards and Shaun Bradley.

2021

2022

Genard Avery

Haason Reddick,

Shaun Bradley

Kyzir White

T.J. Edwards

Nakobe Dean

Patrick Johnson

T.J. Edwards

Alex Singleton

Kyron Johnson

Davion Taylor

Eric Wilson

Patrick Johnson

 

CB

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Philadelphia added James Bradberry to the secondary, a drastic upgrade, while undrafted rookie Josh Jobe cracked the lineup.

2021

2022

Darius Slay

Darius Slay

Avonte Maddox

James Bradberry

Steven Nelson

Avonte Maddox

Zech McPhearson

Zech McPhearson

Josiah Scott

Josiah Scott

Josh Jobe

 

Safety

Philadelphia cut three veteran safeties before trading for C.J. Gardner-Johnson and keeping a rookie on the 53-man roster.

2021

2022

Anthony Harris

Marcus Epps

Rodney McLeod

C.J. Gardner-Johnson

K’Von Wallace

K’Von Wallace

Reed Blankenship

 

Story originally appeared on Eagles Wire