The Philadelphia Eagles have proved already this year that they will be able to compete with the best of them.

The offense is booming, with Jalen Hurts doing it all. His legs and arms are both on display as the Eagles are averaging 32.5 points per game. The run game is going as well, and Sanders is looking like one of the best backs in the NFC.

But let’s not forget about the defense. They showed up against the Minnesota Vikings, holding them to just seven points on Monday Night Football.

The Eagles’ defense can be one of the best in the league for one good reason. They have one of the, if not the, best cornerbacks in the country in Darius Slay, who is primed for a big year even at age 31.

We saw that against the Vikings when he shut down Justin Jefferson, a top-three receiver in the league.

“That’s what I love about Slay [Darius], he is the same every week,” Gannon told the media. “It doesn’t matter if he’s covering Justin Jefferson, or if he’s lined up covering me, he takes the same approach weekly. What I love about him is he’s a premier corner but he’s selfless, you know, he is always about the team first, what do you need me to do to help the team win?

“He knows it’s not about him, and the way he prepares throughout the week, the way he studies, watches tape with those guys… that’s why he is a captain you guys, you guys know that. You know everyone sees on game day what he does but people don’t see what he does throughout the week, and it’s a really good asset for our defense.”

Slay is putting together a great year, and I think everyone is on notice. The cornerback is one of the best players on the team and it is showing, but his skill isn’t the only thing the team values.

He wears a captain C for a reason. Slay is the leader of the defense, and so far this year could be a potential defensive player of the year award.

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