As the season approaches, the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for a run back to the Super Bowl this year.

Here are ten players that will play a crucial role in getting this team back to the big game and winning it.


1) Jalen Hurts

The heart and soul of the Eagles, the team goes through Jalen Hurts. In just his second season as the full-time starter. Hurts propelled the Eagles to the Super Bowl, and heard his name in the MVP conversation for most of the season.

The success of Hurts is going to drive this time, and he’ll be the anchor behind another successful season.

2) Haason Reddick

Just as Hurts is the anchor to the offense, the case can be made Haason Reddick is the anchor to the defense. In his first season with the Birds, Reddick recorded 16 sacks and was the best pass rusher on the team.

Reddick is a DPOY candidate, and he has the potential to take over a game with his pass-rushing prowess. Even amid a loaded defensive line, Reddick still finds himself at the top.

3) Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson isn’t just one of the best players on the Eagles; he’s one of the best and most underappreciated in the NFL.

Johnson has been arguably the best tackle in football over the last two seasons. His presence on and off the field for this team is invaluable, and he’s one of the true leaders on this team.

4) A.J. Brown

In his first season in midnight green, A.J. Brown broke Mike Quick’s record for receiving yards in a season with 1,496. Brown’s big play ability and his dominance in 50/50 balls make him such a crucial part of the team.

When healthy, Brown is one of the best receivers in all of the NFL. Look for Brown to have an even better season in his second year in the system.

5) Jason Kelce

Does anything even need to be said here? The ultimate fan favorite, lifetime Eagle, and just the perfect representation of Philadelphia. Kelce has had a Hall of Fame career and isn’t done yet.

Kelce’s leadership on the field and in the locker room can’t be put into words. Besides being the best center in the NFL, he’s one of the most important leaders on this team.

6) Jordan Mailata

With Hurts signing his new massive contract, it’s now more important than ever to protect his blind side. And that job will be handled by the behemoth of Jordan Mailata.

Mailata has seen his game evolve over his career, and nothing stops him from being even better than last season.

7) Darius Slay

It looked like Big Play Slay’s tenure in Philadelphia was over this off-season, but thankfully the CB1 will see himself being with the Birds this season. Besides covering the opposing team’s WR1s every week, Slay is instrumental in the locker room.

Slay is one of the best corners in the game and will be one of the most important players in 2023.

8) DeVonta Smith

On most teams, DeVonta Smith would be considered the clear-cut WR1. Even with sharing targets with Brown, Smith still proved he’s not just an up-and-coming star at the wide receiver position but that he’s already arrived.

Smith will be one of the biggest pieces to the offense once again.

9) James Bradberry

It looked like he wasn’t returning, but it was music to Eagles fans’ ears when they found out All-Pro James Bradberry was returning to the team on a new contract. Since Slay is on the opposite side, Bradberry is one of the most targeted corners in the league, and yet he still manages to dominate.

If Slay goes down, Bradberry is your automatic CB1, but either way, he’s still a major part of the defense’s success.

10) Jalen Carter

It may seem odd to add a rookie to this list, but given the situation, Jalen Carter is coming into, he’ll be in for a big role. Carter is essential in replacing Pro Bowler Javon Hargrave on the defensive line, who left a massive hole when he left.

Carter will be called upon a lot in his rookie season, and the Birds traded up for him for a reason. If Carter plays like most expect him to do, then watch out.


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