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Glenn Erby

Eagles vs. Lions: 10 players to watch in Week 1

The Eagles have taken the field for warmups, and we’re now just an hour away from the 2022 season opener at Ford Field.

Jalen Hurts will look to showcase his improved throwing mechanics, while the Jonathan Gannon’s revamped defense will look to pressure Lions quarterback Jared Goff.

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Philadelphia dismantled Detroit 44-6 on Halloween last season, a springboard game for the offensive identity and the team’s postseason run.

With kickoff approaching, here are ten players to watch on Sunday.

1. Jalen Hurts

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The Eagles quarterback is entering year three with Philadelphia and a huge season could land Hurts a massive contract extension.

2. RB Miles Sanders

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The talented running back is playing for a new contract and he’ll need a fast start against a Detroit defense that yielded almost 300-yards to Philadelphia last October.

3. A.J. Brown

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The physical wide receiver makes his debut with Philadelphia, and he’ll provide a ton of swagger on the outside.

4. RG Isaac Seumalo

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Seumalo returns to the league’s top offensive line and will slide to right guard with Brandon Brooks retiring.

5. Frank Ragnow Lions

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One of the top centers in the NFL, Ragnow, will play despite missing an entire week of practice with a groin injury.

Watch Ragnow in his matchup against Fletcher Cox and Jordan Davis.

6. DE Brandon Graham

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The veteran pass rusher returns to the lineup for the first time since tearing his Achilles early in 2021.

7. Haason Reddick

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The WEAPON makes his debut with the Eagles.

8. DT Jordan Davis

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The former Georgia All-American is in shape and prepping to be a game wrecker on NFL Sundays.

9. CB James Bradberry

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Darius Slay has the perfect running mate in the Eagles’ secondary.

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How long before an opposing player swings on the talented agitator who should elevate the Eagles’ secondary?

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