Birds’ Eye View: Bye Week Awards

No football is no problem when you’re one game away from a World Series, but here are my Bye Week awards for the team as they gear up to take on the next two-thirds of their season.

Most Improved: Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts running with the ball versus Dallas Cowboys defense on October 16, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jalen Hurts is having quite the season as the Philadelphia Eagles went from a worrisome team to a Super Bowl favorite. Hurts had a lot of issues last year that he was able to turn around this season right away. Going from being a quarterback who wasn’t really talked about to being an MVP favorite in the span of a season is major improvement.

Offensive MVP: A.J. Brown

A.J. Brown competing during a home game at Lincoln Financial Field. (Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

A.J. Brown is a fantastic offseason pickup to help Jalen Hurts be able to thrive, too. Ever since coming to the Eagles, Brown has been a standard in athlete culture: only wanting to get better. Brown is the player the Eagles needed to add to their spooky good trio: Hurts-Smith-Brown.

Defensive MVP: Haason Reddick

Haason Reddick was picked up in the offseason from the Carolina Panthers. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

There’s not nearly enough I can say about how great Haason Reddick has played so far this season. Takeaways. Turnovers. NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Letting Reddick do what he does as a pass rusher helped the Eagles tremendously this season.

Special Teams MVP: Jake Elliott

Jake Elliott getting ready to kick a field goal. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Another fantastic player, Jake Elliott unsurprisingly continues to dominate this season. Even the one week he was out with an injury, it was almost like he never left when backup Cameron Dicker came in to play. Elliott is a sensational player who (literally) never misses.

Unsung Hero: T.J. Edwards

T.J. Edwards poses for a photo following a home game versus the Washington Commanders on December 21st, 2021. (All-Pro Reels Photography)

T.J. Edwards is quietly having a fantastic season. He recorded sacks in back-to-back weeks this season as well as led the team in tackles for multiple weeks. The Eagles have struggled in some games with lack of tackling, but Edwards continuously delivers.

Most Drip: DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith sports a white suit before the home game. (@GQSports/Twitter)

The difference between winning and losing is in the details. Look at this fit. The navy blue compliments the baby blue which pops on the all-white suit with the gold accents in the suit jacket that matches the gold watch. Then we have brown shoes (not pictured) to pop with the dark shades.

DeVonta Smith delivers week in and week out on the field, as well as with his fits off the field.

Up-and-Coming Artists: Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata, and Jason Kelce

Eagles vets Jason Kelce, Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson will release “A Philly Special Christmas” on December 23, 2022. (9.14 Pictures)

This trio is releasing “A Philly Special Christmas” album in December. The vocal stylings of these Eagles vets make them a shoo in for the Up and Coming Artists awards.

Honorary Philadelphia Sports Legend: Lane Johnson

Jason Kelce celebrates Phillies win by picking up the Phanatic. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Jason Kelce will always be a legend in Philadelphia from his grit on the field to his passion for Philly sports off the field. Surely, we can’t forget the infamous Super Bowl speech he gave after the team won Super Bowl LII. Kelce will go down as a legend long after his playing days are over, and will continue being the embodiment of Philly sports that we all love.

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