The Philadelphia Eagles made a big move ahead of the 2022 trade deadline acquiring Robert Quinn from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The Eagles didn’t necessarily need another pass rusher, but you can never have too many players capable of getting after the quarterback with regularity.
Philadelphia, even before the addition of Quinn, had one of the stronger pass rushes in the NFL. They don’t have one star standout pass rusher as they do it as a committee. Following their defeat of the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, they now have six players with multiple sacks on the season.
Having players that can create plays littered throughout the defense makes them a very difficult unit to stop. If an offensive coordinator decides to send help to one player or side of the field, the other has someone that is just as capable of breaking into the backfield for a sack.
One of the players that have been doing that with a ton of frequency in recent games is defensive tackle, Javon Hargrave. The 2021 Pro Bowler has turned in two monster games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Texans. According to PFF, he has totaled five sacks, 12 pressures and a 24.5 percent win percentage during that span.
What makes those performances even more impressive is that they came on short rest. The Eagles defeated the Steelers on Sunday afternoon before beginning preparations to play four days later on the road in Houston.
Hargrave was a third-round pick of the Steelers in 2016 and he made a big impact against his former team. He picked up two sacks in the game to go along with eight combined tackles, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
Against Houston, he was just as dominant. Hargrave had three sacks in the game with seven combined tackles, three of which went for a loss, to go along with three quarterback hits. Getting that kind of production from the interior of the defensive line is a luxury not many teams have.
What is most impressive about those stats is that Hargrave did it while playing only 61 percent of the snaps against the Steelers and 68 percent against the Texans. The Eagles’ front seven is a tough unit to slow down and Hargrave is a big reason why collapsing the pocket from the interior.