≡ Menu

The Philadelphia Eagles are the #1 seed in the NFC, and they got there despite nearly half of their team’s starts coming from players who were on other teams. Of the 352 starts (16 * 22) for the team this season, 166 came from players who are not lifelong Eagles. Eighteen players had 11+ starts for Philadelphia, with half of those players not being homegrown. Note: All players in today’s post are included if they played a single game for a team this year or in prior years, regardless of whether or not they are no longer on that team (in say, the case of Adrian Peterson). Call this the lazy way out.

The Titans (162) are the only other team close to the Eagles when it comes to starts by players acquired from other squads; after them are the Vikings (135), Jaguars (132), Patriots (131), Saints (127), and Falcons (107).

And after them? The Steelers, who had just 47 starts come from players who were on other rosters, with over half of those coming from the secondary:

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins are the only franchise that can be certain one of their former players will win the Super Bowl.

The Jaguars have Chad Henne, Lafayette Pitts, and Tyler Patmon.

The Patriots have Trevor Reilly and Mike Gillislee.

The Steelers have Justin Hunter.

The Titans have Rishard Matthews, Brice McCain, and Erik Walden.

In the NFC, the Vikings have Joe Berger, the Saints have Ted Ginn, Tony McDaniel, and Jonathan Freeny, the the Eagles have Jay Ajayi, Dannell Ellerbe, Donnie Jones, and Caleb Sturgis (IR), and the Falcons have Derrick Shelby, Jordan Tripp, and Matt Bryant.

Finally, let’s look at players who are in line for a Super Bowl ring this year (including Peterson, who did spend some time with the Saints) and had at least 25 points of AV with another team:

PlayerCurrent TeamAVOld Team
James HarrisonNWE105pit
Adrian PetersonNOR104min
David HarrisNWE97nyj
Calais CampbellJAX86crd
Terence NewmanMIN66dal
Marcell DareusJAX51buf
Drew BreesNOR49sdg
Chris LongPHI48ram
Alex MackATL45cle
Dontari PoeATL45kan
DeMarco MurrayOTI45dal
Joe HadenPIT45cle
Max UngerNOR42sea
Ahtyba RubinATL41cle
Tyson AlualuPIT40jax
Brian OrakpoOTI39was
Alshon JefferyPHI38chi
Riley ReiffMIN36det
Will BeattyPHI33nyg
Jason PetersPHI32buf
Torrey SmithPHI31rav
Harry DouglasOTI31atl
Eric DeckerOTI30den
Malcolm JenkinsPHI30nor
Darren SprolesPHI30sdg
Andy LevitreATL29buf
Michael FloydMIN29crd
Stephon GilmoreNWE28buf
Sam BradfordMIN27ram
Erik WaldenOTI27clt
Darren SprolesPHI27nor
Larry WarfordNOR27det
Brooks ReedATL26htx
Stefen WisniewskiPHI26rai
Brandin CooksNWE25nor

Marcell Dareus, Jason Peters, Andy Levitre, and Stephon Gilmore are four prominent former Bills still around in the playoffs, and the same goes for Alex Mack, Joe Haden, Ahtyba Rubin, and Craig Robertson with respect to the Browns.

What stands out to you?

{ 1 comment }
  • Deacon Drake

    Good on Jacksonville to identify a market inefficiency and load up on the best guys around to implement it. Their ability to occupy to OL each from the DT slots and collapse the pocket from the inside makes the edge rush more effective and reduces the amount of field the defense has to defend.

    In many passing situations, they line up no DLs inside the tackle boxes, basically begging the run. But they know it isn’t coming and that their edge guys will kill the blocking TE, RB or desperately stretching G or C. Campbell makes this happen… Malik Jackson makes this happen… Dareus is a run guy and makes them less vulnerable to the counter or draw.

    While many comparisons are made to Seattle elite pass D from 2013, Jax has arrived at it much differently.