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Counting Down The Philadelphia Eagles Players With The Most To Prove This Season 

The Philadelphia Eagles will go into the 2022 season looking to improve upon their 9-8 record from a year ago. The front office did everything possible to upgrade and rebuild the team to achieve contender status.

Philadelphia had a successful free agency and draft, so now the players must deliver. Here is a countdown of the Eagles players with the most to prove this season:

Jalen Hurts

The Eagles spent the offseason upgrading around quarterback Jalen Hurts to give him the weapons to succeed. The biggest pickup was trading with the Titans for wide receiver A.J. Brown.

Brown was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2020 and has racked up nearly 3,000 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in his three-year NFL career. He will be the new top receiver in Philadelphia with second-year player Devonta Smith as the next option. The Eagles also picked up former Colt Zach Pascal in free agency. 

These two receiver pickups should give Hurts more weapons to throw to. Last season, the Eagles turned to their running game to win games. It was enough to get to the playoffs, but once opposing defenses forced Hurts to throw the ball, the Eagles’ offense struggled.

Hurts has a powerful arm and can run the ball but struggles with accuracy. Hurts must get better and take full advantage of the offensive upgrades if he wants to be the long-term starter going forward.

Miles Sanders

Sanders is a talented, but often-injured running back. He is in a contract year, so this could be his final year as a Philadelphia Eagle unless he proves he is worth the investment.

Last season, Sanders rushed for 754 yards but did not score any touchdowns.  He added 158 receiving yards, but overall, his 2021 season was his least productive out of his three-year NFL career. 

Miles Sanders has missed eight games due to injury over the past two years. He dealt with a sprained ankle and a broken bone his hand last year. In 2020, Sanders missed four games due to a hamstring injury.

When Sanders is healthy, he has a lot of potential. Sanders rushed for over 800 yards and had 500 yards receiving during the 2019 season. Hopefully he can stay healthy this year and be the team’s feature back, otherwise the Philadelphia Eagles will turn to Boston Scott or Kenneth Gainwell. 

Javon Hargrave

Javon Hargrave is a highly productive defensive tackle who was originally drafted by the Steelers in 2016. The Eagles signed him to a three-year contract in 2019. He had his best season last year by recording 63 tackles and 7.5 sacks which earned him his first ever Pro Bowl honors. 

Hargrave has been reliable and productive for the Eagles since he got to Philadelphia. However, he is nearing 30 years old, and the Eagles have younger options.

Former Georgia Bulldog Jordan Davis was drafted in the first round in this year’s draft. The Eagles also have Milton Williams who was drafted in the third-round last year. These younger players will get playing time as the Eagles like to rotate their defensive line. Hargrave will need to show he is still better than the younger players for the Eagles to keep him for the long term. 

Marcus Epps

Marcus Epps is expected to be a starting safety this upcoming season. He replaces six-year starter Rodney McLeod who signed with the Colts as a free agent. Epps was originally drafted by the Vikings but has been with the Eagles since 2019. He excelled against the run last season but allowed a 117.3 passer rating in pass coverage.

The Eagles were expected to upgrade the safety position but did not bring any veterans or address the position in the draft. They were linked to Jessie Bates who is still with the Bengals and Tyrann Mathieu who signed with the Saints. Marcus Epps will have to prove he is a starting-caliber player this season, or the Eagles will go in a different direction next season.

Arryn Siposs

Special teams units often do not get enough attention, but the Eagles struggled punting the ball last season.  Last year was Siposs’ first year in the NFL. He was a former Australian Football League kicker and a punter in college. His average punt was 43.9 yards which ranked 26th in the NFL. Siposs also struggled with accuracy by only getting 17 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line. This also ranked 26th in the league. 

Siposs is on a cheap contract but needs to get better or the Eagles will look to replace him. His career at Auburn shows he can be a dominate punter, but he needs to prove it at the NFL level.

Jalen Reagor

Jalen Reagor needs to prove he is worth keeping as a receiver as well as on special teams. Reagor’s struggles at wide receiver are well-known. The former first-round draft pick has just 676 receiving yards and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. He has not lived up to the high expectations of a first-round pick. Jalen Reagor was picked one spot ahead of Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson which has lessened the patience of Eagles fans and local media. 

Reagor will likely have a difficult time making an impact on the Eagles’ offense. He is probably the fifth best receiver on the roster. The Eagles have Devonta Smith and Quez Watkins returning to the team plus the new 2022 additions of A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal.   

Reagor might make the Eagles for his kickoff and punt returning abilities, but he even struggled with that last season. Reagor averaged 21.3 yards on kickoff returns and 7.3 yards on punt returns. This ranked near the bottom of the league.

Jalen Reagor has two years left on his rookie contract but has a lot to prove if he wants to be a part of the Eagles going forward. 

Do you think these players have what it takes to prove they are high-caliber players for the Eagles? Would you add any players to the list? Let us know in the comments.

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