With simply two soccer weekends left of the 2023 NFL season, preparations are being made for post-season honors and awards, and Eagles rookie DT Jalen Carter was introduced as a finalist for AP Defensive Rookie of the 12 months.
Carter is amongst a bunch of finalists that features, Will Anderson (Texans), Joey Porter Jr. (Steelers), Kobie Turner (Rams), and Devon Witherspoon (Seahawks). We’ll discover out the winner throughout the NFL Honors broadcast on Thursday, February 8.
The Eagles rookie had a superb debut as a go rusher, ending his season with 18 QB pressures, 9 QB hits, and 6.0 sacks, to not point out 33 whole tackles, together with 8 tackles for loss.
He was completely dominant in his Week 1 debut, and didn’t decelerate all that a lot all through the subsequent a number of months. Carter made massive performs, affected the QB, and noticed 51 % of the defensive snaps in 2023. The play that in all probability sealed Carter’s inclusion as a finalist for Defensive Rookie of the 12 months, was doubtless his large Week 14 scoop and rating, 42-yard fumble return for a TD towards the Cowboys.
The Eagles protection struggled in a myriad of how, however Carter’s potential shined by means of, and with information that Vic Fangio is certain to be the crew’s Defensive Coordinator in 2024, the DT ought to have a giant leap from 12 months 1 to 12 months 2.
Carter additionally was named to the 2023 NFL All-Rookie Team earlier this week, and to the PFWA All-Rookie Crew, and is with out query somebody to observe as Philly tries to get again to having an aggressive and dominant defensive entrance.