The NFL’s best defensive line just got better, the impact Haloti Ngata will bring to the Eagles
13 March 2018 Eagles News
The Eagles are expecting to add another very good defensive linemen to their already stacked defensive line group as former Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata intends to sign with the Eagles. Ngata, a seasoned veteran will bring his leadership and overall grit and skill to the Eagles. Here is how he affects the team going forward.
Firstly, Ngata has been around the league for quite some time. In 12 seasons in the league, Ngata racked up 498 tackles, 31.5 sacks, 5 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles. His constant presences as made him one of the league’s best when it comes to stopping the run. In fact, take a look at this statistic, it tells you how good Ngata really is when stopping the run.
With Haloti Ngata (five games) in 2017, the Lions gave up an average of 74.6 rushing yards per game.
In the 11 games without him, they gave up 129.7 on the ground.
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) March 13, 2018
Ngata clearly is a marksman when it comes to run stopping, which is going to build well for the Eagles and the rest of the defensive line. His level of talent and production will always be fresh as the Eagles defensive line always rotates. In red zone and goal-line situations, Ngata will come up big for the Eagles.
This quote from Justin Rogers of The Detroit News says it all, “No one is going to confuse the 34-year-old as the player named to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2009-13, but he’s still capable of being an effective starter while offering invaluable leadership and guidance to the team’s younger players.”
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) March 13, 2018
Ngata is not going to be expected to be an all-pro caliber player all season, what the Eagles need of him is to come in and play at that level for just a play or two every series. Other than that, Ngata offers the team a great player for the younger guys to learn from. It really is a win-win for the Eagles because there is not much that can go wrong with this move.
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