The Philadelphia Eagles surprised many during the 2022 NFL Seasonstarting 13-1 and finishing as the first seed in the NFC with a 14-3 record.
The Eagles raced through the NFC Playoffs, beating the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers en route to the Super Bowl.
But as Philadelphia prepares to bounce back, it will no longer take the league by surprise after nearly beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2023 Super Bowl.
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Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean joined NFL Network’s «Good Morning Football» on Friday and said the team will continue to adopt a chaser mentality despite the expectations.
«We have a lot of underdogs on the team, a lot of people who play with a lot of chips on their shoulders. So we’ll never sit back and act like we’re the ones with the targets on our backs.» Dean said.
«We don’t look at it as if we have the target on our back. We look at it as if we are the ones hunting.»
The Eagles have had an eventful offseason, signing quarterback Jalen Hurts to a massive five-year deal that includes $179.3 million in guaranteed money.
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Philadelphia also had a highly rated NFL Draft, grabbing two of Dean’s exes Georgia teammates in the first round.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman selected Defensive tackle Jalen Carter with the ninth pick and linebacker Nolan Smith at No. 30.
The Eagles also selected Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo in the fourth round.
«I think our general manager, Howie Roseman, did a good job drafting those guys this year. I feel like he took the best guys available,» Dean said. «I don’t think he has a thing for Georgia, definitely being from Florida.
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«I think he picked the best guys available. He called me a lot asking about those guys: Kelee, Jalen and Nolan.»
Dean appeared in 17 games during his rookie season after being selected in the third round of the 2022 Draft, but was used mostly on special teams.
«It’s just trying to step up and be better,» Dean said. «This entire offseason, we’ve been working to be the best version of ourselves individually. Now, we’re coming together as a team and trying to come together.»