Batman had Robin.
Simon had Garfunkel.
Belichick has Brady, or is it Brady who has Belichick?
Well, you get the idea.
If not, this was mine - dynamic duos. As in who has the potential to be the dynamic duo on this Eagles’ roster.
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Here are the candidates:
Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Cox registered a career-high 10.5 sacks last year playing mostly beside Michael Bennett, but also some stretches with developmental types Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector. Now, he will have Jackson riding shotgun with him at defensive tackle.
Jackson is out to prove last year’s down season in Jacksonville, in which he struggled to stop the run while recording just 3.5 sacks, was a fluke. Still just 29, he is too good with too many tools to have a repeat of 2018. Cox will provide just the motivation Jackson needs to restart a pilot light that saw Jackson record eight sacks in 2017 and 6.5 in the prior season.
Cox is still recovering from foot surgery, but said in April he hopes to be ready by the time training camp rolls around. Even if he isn’t, he will be back at some point and pairing him next to Jackson figures to be lethal for opposing offensive lines.
It will be difficult to double-team Cox because Jackson will make them pay, and vice versa. So there will be plenty of one-on-one matchups that Cox and Jackson are capable of destroying more often than not.
There are some stout defensive tackle tandems in the league, but Cox and Jackson have the potential to be top three.
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Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson. These two looked to be on the same page from the first day of spring practice, and it’s going to be fun to watch Wentz air it out to the human blur Jackson still is at 32.
Signed for three seasons, Jackson and Wentz should be a fun watch.
Jackson has led the league in yards per reception four times, including last year when he averaged 18.9 yards per catch. His 17.4 career yards per catch is more than any other active receiver.
My first play from scrimmage this season in the opener against one of Jackson’s former teams, the Washington Redskins, I’m sending him deep and letting Wentz let it fly.
Nigel Bradham and Zach Brown. They don’t come much tougher than these two. Bradham played with a cast covering his broken thumb last season and Brown just plays every snap with a hard-to-match ferocity.
Even in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme there is room on the field for two linebackers. Last year, Bradham played 920 snaps (89 percent) while Jordan Hicks was second at 705 snaps (68 percent) despite missing four games with an injury.
Hicks is gone, signing a free agent deal with the Cardinals, but the Eagles may be better with the addition of Brown to team with Bradham.
Which player lands at middle linebacker and the other on the outside is still up in the air, and is something that will be determined in training camp.
Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. We don’t know what Sanders will be yet, since he didn’t take any reps during the spring after a hamstring injury in rookie camp shelved him, but the expectation is that he will be used and used a lot this season.
It’s the same deal with Howard. Everyone thinks Howard is one dimensional – a runner, only. In the spring, however, the Eagles threw the ball to him quite a bit out of the backfield.
These two could develop into something special, though Howard’s time in an Eagles uniform could be limited to one season since his contract expires at the end of the season.
Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Last but certainly not least, Ertz and Goedert should be the best tight end duo in the league. The Eagles did not use much 12 personnel last year (two tight ends, two receivers) after the acquisition of Golden Tate, so that cut into Goedert’s final numbers. That won’t happen again this season. Goedert will play a pivotal role. And you know Ertz will, too. It might not be 116-catch type of role, but it will be significant.