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7 Eagles who might make their 1st Pro Bowl next season

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The NFL on Wednesday night announced its Pro Bowl rosters and the Eagles were represented by just two players: Darius Slay and Jason Kelce.

And over the last two years, the Eagles have had four players named to the Pro Bowl and all four have been 30 or older.

But the Eagles have some young talent on this roster, not to mention three first-round picks coming this spring.

Here’s a list of seven Eagles who have a chance to make their first Pro Bowl in 2022:

Dallas Goedert

The Eagles paid Goedert like a top tight end and he’s been playing like it. Since the Eagles traded Zach Ertz in mid-October, Goedert has assumed the No. 1 tight end role and has been great. In the last eight games, he has 33 catches for 515 yards and 2 touchdowns. That’s the pace of a 1,000-yard season if he does that for an entire year. That’s the kind of potential Goedert has. And it really goes beyond his ability as a pass catcher. Goedert is also one of the best blocking tight ends in the league. It’s rare for a tight end to be able to do both at such a high level but Goedert has that in him.

DeVonta Smith

In recent weeks, Smith’s pace has slowed some, but there’s no denying his talent. The rookie leads the Eagles with 53 catches for 741 yards, which puts him just behind the pace needed to eclipse DeSean Jackson’s Eagles rookie record. But he still has a very good shot to get there. And there are moments when Smith just makes some spectacular plays that not many receivers in the league can make. His body control is next level. Smith is still just 23.

 

Jordan Mailata

The Eagles’ left tackle already has an incredible story but it certainly feels like he’s going to make a Pro Bowl at some point in his career. His progression year over year has been incredible and still just 24 years old, it’s easy to see him turning into a perennial Pro Bowler at some point in his career. There just aren’t many 6-foot-8, 380-pound dudes who move like him. He’s a joy to watch and he’s getting more consistent too.

Javon Hargrave

Hargrave, 28, joined the Eagles as a free agent before the 2020 season. His time with the Eagles got off to a slow start in 2020 but he has been great in 2021. In his first five games of 2021, Hargrave got off to an incredibly quick start with 6.0 sacks, but that pace has slowed down considerably since then. Still, Hargrave set a career high in sacks this season and has 8.5 and counting with three games remaining in this season. If he does that again next year, he’ll be in the running. Sometimes it takes a while for voters to catch up.

Miles Sanders

The 2019 second-round pick hasn’t yet had that breakout season we’ve all been waiting for but he’s struggled with some injuries the last couple of years. This year, he’s been dealing with a nagging ankle injury. But in the four games sine he returned from IR this year, Sanders has averaged over 100 yards per game and has averaged over 6.0 yards per attempt. If the Eagles keep a heavy running attack next season, Sanders could have a huge season in a contract year.

Landon Dickerson

After a rough start to his rookie season after missing all of training camp as he recovered from an ACL tear, Dickerson has really settled into the Eagles’ left guard spot. He unfortunately missed Tuesday night’s game because of COVID but he has been getting better weekly. And with his huge frame and athleticism, there’s no question he has Pro Bowl potential. The one big question about Dickerson coming out of Alabama was his ability to stay healthy. That will be answered over time.

Jake Elliott

Elliott made a serious case for the Pro Bowl this season but it didn’t happen for him … at least not yet. But there’s no denying how automatic he’s been for the Eagles in 2021. And this comes a year after Elliott had his worst season as a pro. In 2021, he has made 24 of 26 field goals, including 17 straight. And he’s also perfect (36/36) on extra points. If he has more years like this one, a Pro Bowl nod might not be far behind.

 

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