The NFL announced on Tuesday morning that defensive end Josh Sweat has been named to the Pro Bowl. Sweat will replace 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, who is unable to participate due to injury.
Sweat is the fifth Eagle to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining kicker Jake Elliott, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, center Jason Kelce, and cornerback Darius Slay.
This is the second year in a row that the Eagles will send a defensive end to the Pro Bowl after Brandon Graham earned his long-awaited honor in the 2000 season.
One of four members of the Eagles' Class of 2018 who received a contract extension this season, Sweat repaid the favor with a career year in his first as a full-time starter. Sweat posted a career-high 7.5 sacks, tied with Hargrave for the team lead, to go along with 45 tackles and seven tackles for loss.
"I definitely feel like I've got a lot more in me," Sweat said during his breakout season.
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Sweat had three games with more than a sack this season, all wins – at Detroit where he became the first Eagle since Connor Barwin in 2015 to record two sacks in the first quarter of a game, 1.5 sacks at the New York Jets, and 1.5 sacks in what proved to be the playoff-clinching victory at Washington in Week 17.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Sweat is still only 24 years old even after completing his fourth NFL season. A key role player in 2019 and '20 lining up for just over a third of the snaps on defense, he took a leap playing a career-best 58 percent of the snaps this past season. He had 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss entering 2021, nearly matching those totals this season alone.
"When you're younger in the league and not playing as much, you don't know where it can go," Sweat said of waiting for the opportunity to flourish. "I had good leaders in the (defensive line) room and they just kept encouraging me. I just took it day by day and finally got some time to get out there. Just keep going."