The Philadelphia Eagles have a hidden gem on the defensive side of the football.
Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards has quietly put together an All-Pro season through the team’s first 10 games. As a coverage linebacker, Edwards provides a service that is rarely seen in today’s NFL.
He can do this, too.
What a hit by TJ Edwards! pic.twitter.com/Vc0ebjghr0— Shane Haff (@HAFFnHAFF_TPL) November 20, 2022
Most of the football world lauds San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner as the league’s best linebacker in pass coverage, but the data says otherwise.
Edwards has played a key role in the Eagles’ second-ranked pass defense. He’s allowing opponents to complete just 61 percent of their passes (25/41) when he’s targeted, which ranks second in the NFL.
Opposing pass catchers are averaging 5.2 yards per reception allowed, good for No. 1 in the league. In general, quarterbacks struggle when throwing his way as displayed with their 66.0 passer rating on Edwards, per Pro Football Focus.
In comparison, opposing quarterbacks are completing 60 percent of their passes (18/30) when targeting Warner. He has allowed 199 yards in pass coverage to Edwards’ 129 despite being targeted 11 fewer times, per Pro Football Focus.
Quarterbacks tend to find more success when throwing at Warner, posting a 90.8 quarterback rating when testing the 2020 All-Pro.
It’s a shame that Edwards’ talent isn’t widely recognized like Warner’s is, but it’s never too late to start the conversation. If he can maintain his remarkably high level of play, Edwards should have a first-class ticket to Las Vegas for his first career Pro Bowl nod.
That is, if he isn’t busy gearing up to play in Super Bowl LVII.
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