As if an 8-1 start, a seven game winning streak and a three game lead in the division wasn’t enough; the Eagles signed two former Super Bowl champions this week to bolster their quest for a deep playoff run.
On Sunday, they signed former Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Ellerbe won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens, a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
On Tuesday, they signed former New York Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty. He won Super Bowl XLVI, a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.
Philadelphia now has seven players on the roster that have won Super Bowls: Ellerbe, Beatty, safeties Corey Graham and Malcolm Jenkins, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith.
Smith, Graham and Ellerbe were all teammates when the Ravens won the “Harbaugh Bowl.” Long and Blount won with the Patriots last year in the 34-28 Super Bowl LI comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Blount also won with the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Jenkins won with the Saints, 31-17, over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
For comparison, the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl team only had four players that previously won Super Bowls on the roster: running back Dorsey Levens, linebacker Nate Wayne and tight ends Jeff Thomason and Chad Lewis.
Lewis, Wayne and Lewis contributed, but the only Super Bowl-winning player on this year’s Eagles that they may have more of an impact than is Graham.
Blount is a key part of the running back rotation and has 504 rushing yards.
Jenkins is one of the best safety/corner hybrids in the NFL and is arguably the most crucial part of the Eagles’ defense.
Long coming off the bench helps keeps the starters fresh and the defense doesn’t miss a beat when he’s on the field.
Smith has had a somewhat disappointing year, but defenses always need to take his speed into account.
It’s clear the Eagles valued playoff experience during the offseason and still do as they approach the postseason. These recent signings show they understand the importance of having quality veteran leadership. They also acquired much-needed depth.
The team already had talent, headlined by budding-star quarterback Carson Wentz, and they made it a point to supplement that talent with veterans who can teach and be trusted to fill-in when called upon.
Already at eight wins, the Eagles continue to put themselves in great position to make the playoffs.
And make a deep run once they get there.
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