The Philadelphia Eagles did not do too hot compared to the other teams in the 2021 season when it came to getting sacks or even harassing the quarterback. They ranked 29th in sacks per game. Furthermore, to make things worse they ranked second to last in total team sacks as they had 29 sacks. The Atlanta Falcons was the only team that did worse, with 18 total sacks. It is safe to say the Eagles need to excel more in this area in 2022 for them to make it to the playoffs. With that being said, we are going to look at the Eagles starting and second-string defensive tackles as it is listed on the depth chart.
First String Defensive Tackles
Fletcher Cox, LDT: Cox has been around the NFL for a long time and has always stuck with this Philadelphia Eagles team. There were rumors during the season and at the beginning of the offseason that the Eagles were going to let him go. This was true as the Eagles did release him, but Philadelphia signed him to a one year deal a day or two later. Even though he is getting older, Cox has still shown that he can be productive. He had 3.5 sacks and 35 tackles during the 2021 season. He also had a defensive TD and 12 tackles for a loss. Not to mention the year before Cox was selected to the pro bowl. Hopefully he will keep up the production in 2022 and help a little bit more in the sack column.
Milton Williams, RDT: This past season was Williams first season in the NFL. Williams was drafted in the third round at 73rd overall in the 2021 NFL draft. Before the NFL Williams played for Louisiana Tech where he was an All-Conference USA first team player. He was also ranked third in sacks in Conference USA with 10 during his last year. This translated nicely to the NFL as Williams had a solid 2021 season with Philadelphia. He started two games but played a lot as a sub. He totaled 30 tackles and two sacks. Furthermore, Williams had six tackles for a loss and six QB hits. Expect Williams to only get better in 2022 and have an even better season. He is one of the future stars for this Eagles team.
Second String Defensive Tackles
Javon Hargrave, LDT: Hargrave has spent five years with the Eagles and has virtually gotten better every year. He started 16 games in the NFL last season and will start just as much this season. He really should be in the first sting category on the depth chart with Cox behind him. However, that does not matter as he will get all the playing time, he can handle this coming season.
In 2021, Hargrave was selected to be in his first pro bowl, and it was well deserved. He had a total of 63 tackles last season. The stat that really sticks out is his 7.5 sacks. This was good enough to be the sack leader for this Eagles team. He had the best year statistically out of all the other DT’s on the roster. Look for Hargrave to be a menace again in 2022 and even maybe lead this team in sacks for a second year in row
Renell Wren, RDT: Wren was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019. He is one of the newer additions to this Eagles roster as he was signed about a month ago. At this point, we have not really seen Wren play much in the NFL. He has only started two games in his career with both starts coming during his rookie year. He had eight sacks and four assists in 2019. As for this past year, Wren really did not play at all. He played in one game and had one tackle and one assist. Wren will look to show the Eagles what he is made of in 2022.
This concludes looking at the Eagles defensive tackles as we inch closer to the start of the 2022 NFL season.