Stock up or Stock Down: How the Eagles’ defense changed this offseason
The Eagles have retooled after a disappointing 38-35 loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII, and they’ll enter OTAs with a new look defensively.
Javon Hargrave, Linval Joseph, Ndamukong Suh, T.J. Edwards, Kyzir White, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, and Marcus Epps are gone.
Defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon landed the Cardinals’ head coaching job, but Sean Desai will replace him.
Darius Slay and James Bradberry return to form one of the NFL’s top cornerback duos.
At the same time, Haason Reddick will look to dominate again after finishing fourth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
With OTAs scheduled to start next week, here’s an updated stock report on how the defense has changed.
DE -- Even
Robert Quinn is a free agent, but Philadelphia re-signed Brandon Graham, and Derek Barnett is returning from a torn ACL.
Kentavius Street is versatile and play on the edge, while first round pick Nolan Smith will be moved all around the field.
Josh Sweat will return after logging double digit sacks, and Janarius Robinson will look to make an impact as well.
DT-- Stock up
Philadelphia lost Javon Hargrave to San Francisco, but regrouped by selecting Georgia All-American Jalen Carter at No. 9 overall.
The Eagles also drafted Moro Ojomo in the seventh round, while also re-signing Fletcher Cox. Jordan Davis returns for year two, while Milton Williams will look to take the next step in his career arc as well.
SAM LB/Edge rusher -- Stock up
Haason Reddick returns after logging 16.5 sacks in 2022, and he’ll look to duplicate or better those numbers. With opposing offenses set to pay more attention to Reddick, Philadelphia drafted Nolan Smith with their second first round pick.
Kyron Johnson, Tarron Jackson and Patrick Johnson also return at the position.
LB -- Even
Gone are T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White, replaced by Nakobe Dean and Nicholas Morrow. Philadelphia also returns Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley and Christian Elliss at the position. A player to watch is former Michigan State linebacker, Ben VanSumeren.
CB -- Stock Up
Philadelphia retained Darius Slay and James Bradberry, while signing Greedy Williams in free agency.
The Eagles then drafted Kelee Ringo, along with signing undrafted free agents Mekhi Garner and Eli Ricks.
S - Stock up
After losing C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps, stock should be down, but Philadelphia rebounded by signing Terrell Edmunds and Justin Evans. Reed Blankenship returns for year two and the team drafted former Illinois star, Sydney Brown.