The Dominance of Darius Slay Jr.

August 10, 2023

Athlete Studio

During the Philadelphia Eagles' remarkable 2022 campaign, numerous eye-popping statistics were achieved, leaving fans in awe of their dominant performances. With a regular season record of 14-3 and a Super Bowl appearance, the Eagles accomplished some truly impressive feats.

Records were shattered on both sides of the ball, establishing new benchmarks for the franchise and the entire league. However, it was the Eagles' defense that stood out, with a majority of the records being broken in that unit. Their pass rush, in particular, was nothing short of extraordinary, recording a staggering 70 sacks, falling just two short of the all-time record.

Nevertheless, Philadelphia did establish a sacks record by having four players reach double-digit sacks. Javon Hargrave, Haason Reddick, Brandon Graham, and Josh Sweat all contributed to this historic achievement. The 2022 Eagles became the first team in NFL history to have four players with 10+ sacks each, solidifying their place in the record books.

With a formidable pass rush like that, the secondary's job becomes much easier. The opposing offenses are forced to rush their plays, providing opportunities for the Eagles' defensive backs to capitalize and make game-changing plays.

One standout player in the Eagles' secondary was cornerback Darius Slay Jr. Slay, a five-time Pro Bowl nominee, showcased his exceptional skills throughout the season. In all 17 games, he recorded three interceptions and defended an impressive 14 passes. However, one statistic regarding Slay's performance will truly astonish people.

According to the Sports Encyclopedia, as shared by JPA Football on Twitter, Darius Slay Jr. outperformed Justin Jefferson while covering him last season. Slay managed to record two interceptions, while Jefferson could only catch a single pass. This remarkable feat further solidifies Slay's status as an elite cornerback in the NFL.

The Philadelphia Eagles' 2022 season was marked by record-breaking achievements and standout performances. From their historic pass rush to Darius Slay Jr.'s exceptional coverage skills, this team left an indelible mark on the league. As fans eagerly anticipate the upcoming season, they can only wonder what incredible feats the Eagles will accomplish next.

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