Eagles Are A ‘Team To Watch’ For Veteran Free Agent Pass-Rusher

Jason Pierre-Paul, Eagles
NFL Analysis Network

Through the first two weeks of the 2022 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles have looked like one of the best teams in the league. They won in Week 1 on the road against the Detroit Lions 38-35, barely holding on after leading by 17 in the second half.

In Week 2, they didn’t have anywhere close to as much of a struggle. Philadelphia hosted the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football for their home opener and took care of business with ease, winning 24-7.

Defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon sat in a lot of soft coverages against the Lions, which Jared Goff was able to eventually pick apart. That was not the case against the Vikings as Darius Slay and James Bradberry made them work for all of their yardage. The plan worked, as Justin Jefferson, who caught nine passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers caught only six passes for 48 yards against Philadelphia.

People are beginning to take notice of the Eagles, who have been excellent in the early going. They have caught the attention of some veteran free agents that are looking to latch on with teams, one of them being Jason Pierre-Paul.

The two-time Super Bowl champion was not re-signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason and remains a free agent heading into games in Week 3. According to NFL Rumors on Twitter, the Eagles are one team to watch for the former first-round pick along with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Baltimore Ravens looked to have the inside track to signing him, as they have met twice already. But, no deal was reached and Pierre-Paul could now be considering other options.

Pierre-Paul registered only 2.5 sacks last season with the Buccaneers but is only one season removed from making the Pro Bowl. In 2020, he registered 9.5 sacks with two interceptions, six passes defended, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

In addition to his pass-rushing prowess, Pierre-Paul is a strong run defender, He is still more than capable of setting the edge on the perimeter, something that the Eagles could certainly use some help in accomplishing more consistently.

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