Young Edge Rushers are Stepping up for the Eagles
The Eagles defense has been used to at least four or five reliable pass rushers since Jim Schwartz took over the defense in 2016.
To replace Michael Bennett and Chris Long this offseason, the front office signed Malik Jackson, brought back Vinny Curry, and re-signed Timmy Jernigan.
Jackson suffered a season-ending injury just one week into the season. Jernigan was then sidelined just a week later with a foot injury that is keeping him out for at least a month and a half. Curry has been inconsistent along with the rest of the front four.
Helping the pass rush bounce back over the last two weeks, the Eagles young depth on the edge has stepped up in a big way.
Specifically Josh Sweat and Daeshon Hall.
After just three sacks in the first four games of the season, the flood gates opened on the New York Jets. The Eagles finished Sunday's 31-6 blowout with 10 sacks, second most for one game in franchise history.
Sweat and Hall both got in on the action with a sack a piece, but they made more of an impact than just the two highlight plays.
Sweat has had somewhat of a breakout second season, especially the last two weeks.
He forced Packers QB Aaron Rodgers out of the pocket on multiple plays last Thursday night and had an eye-popping tackle for a loss on Packers RB Aaron Jones.
The 2018 fourth round pick followed that performance up with an even better showing vs New York.
Sweat had his first career sack to go along with three quarterback hits.
His ability to provide consistent pressure on the outside has allowed Brandon Graham to do more work at DT where he had two sacks on Sunday.
Sweat has been used a lot in that role too, taking some pressure off Fletcher Cox who has seen double teams all year without Jackson next to him.
It is hard not to notice how far along Sweat has come in his development.
Daeshon Hall hasn't received the snaps Sweat has in the regular season, but the former third round pick looks every bit as efficient as he was in the preseason.
It is early in the season, but the Eagles are starting to see a return on their investment up front.
It was a huge factor in the improvement of the pass rush the last two weeks.
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