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5 Philadelphia Eagles who are underrated entering the 2021 NFL Season


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5 Philadelphia Eagles who are underrated entering the 2021 NFL Season 

Glenn Erby 
June 14, 2021 7:48 am ET

The Eagles have some pretty good players on their roster and as the team breaks for a month before training camp, we’ve highlighted five Birds who are underrated entering the 2021 NFL season.

DE Derek Barnett


Barnett is entering his fifth year as a pro and despite comparing statistically with players like Emmanuel Ogbah, Yannick Ngakoue, and Dante Fowler Jr., the former Tennessee star sometimes goes undervalued here in Philadelphia.

Barnett, who was the 14th overall pick in the 2017 draft, hasn’t lived up to expectations. Barnett has just 19½ sacks in four seasons after breaking Reggie White’s record at Tennessee, but 2021 should change those expectations.

S Anthony Harris


Harris has 10 interceptions and 14 pass breakups over the past three years, and he’s been one of the best safeties in football for the past few seasons.

Two years removed from a 91 overall grade from PFF, Harris brings a dynamic to the position that Philadelphia has been missing.

TE Dallas Goedert


Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert carries the ball during NFL football practice at Lincoln Financial Field, Friday, June 4, 2021, in Philadelphia. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

Goedert is set to step out of the shadows of Zach Ertz and 2021 could be the season where the former second-round pick approaches 70+ receptions.

In four starts with Goedert on the field, Jalen Hurts averaged 7.7 yards per attempt with a 4:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. With Goedert off the field, Hurts averaged just 6.5 yards per attempt with a 2:3 TD-to-INT ratio.

Last season, Goedert’ss run blocking was second-best in the NFL at the tight end position as well.

DE Josh Sweat


Nov 1, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci (7) passes the ball around Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (94) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The knee issues are a thing of the past and Sweat would likely have a bigger role and bigger name on a different team.

The 2022 free agent was having a career season before going on in injured reserve after he logged 38 tackles, 6 sacks, and 12 QB hits while playing in only 38% of Philadelphia’s snaps.

LG Isaac Seumalo


Isaac Seumalo LG vs. Washington

There’s an idea that Landon Dickerson will snatch Seumalo’s spot the moment he’s cleared to play, but the Eagles starting left guard is better than advertised.

Pick No. 79 in the third round of the 2016 draft, Seumalo is coming off a season that saw him rank eighth as a pass blocker but just 68th as a run blocker. With Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson healthy, that pass-block grade should improve drastically.


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