Eagles to Get Javon Hargrave Back vs Rams
The Eagles defense will get another boost on Sunday when they face the Rams at Lincoln Financial Field when prize free agent addition Javon Hargrave makes his 2020 debut.
You can expect him to be in the mix in the middle of the Eagles defense on Sunday.
"We are going to put him right in there and he'll be ready to go and he'll help our defense," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said back on Sept 26.
Many people are surprised by the quick return of Hargrave, who inked a three-year, $39 million deal this offseason. There was some thought that he could have missed half the season with a a pec injury he suffered in mid-August.
The defensive interior of Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson played well in Week 1 against Washington, giving up just 80 yards on the ground, fifth best in the league. Adding Hargrave to the mix will only strengthen the Eagles defense.
Hargrave is not the only player returning for the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball, former first-round pick Derek Barnett will also make his 2020 debut after missing last week with an ankle injury. Brandon Graham, who left the game last week and was in the concussion protocol, is also expected to play
With Graham and Barnett both missing time last week, Josh Sweet stepped in picking up two tackles and a sack in 49 snaps.
Getting all these guys playing together, could give the Eagles one of, if not the best defensive front in football, especially in the interior of the line with Cox, Jackson and now Hargrave.
"I think its great," NFL insider KC Joyner said on the Sports Bash when the Eagles signed Hargrave this offseason. "
Hargrave ranked 11th in the league in pass rush from the defensive tackle position.
"He is a guy who can collapse the pocket, give you up the guy pass rush pressure. he's good against the run too, but his top ability is that he can collapse the pocket."
With Hargrave on the field, expect to see more pressure created from the outside guys like Graham, Barnett and Sweet this week against the Rams.