The Philadelphia Eagles continue to cash in on the players Howie Roseman acquired this season. The most recent player to gain recognition is C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
In Week 9, the former New Orleans Saints’ safety set a career-high in interceptions, now totaling five. The move came at a perfect time, helping the Eagles pull out a 29-17 win over the Houston Texans during Thursday Night Football.
C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON SETS CAREER-HIGH
Entering the league in 2019, Gardner-Johnson joined the New Orleans Saints, making a big name for himself. In three seasons, he finished with 161 total tackles, five interceptions, three sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired him for next to nothing in 2022. CJGJ and a 2025 seventh-round draft pick were traded in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round pick and one sixth-round pick. Through eight games, Gardner-Johnson has completed 42 tackles — only four less than what he finished with last season.
Even more impressive are his five interceptions. Going into Thursday’s game, Gardner-Johnson was tied with four other players (Vonn Bell, Eddie Jackson, Jordan Poyer, and Tariq Woolen) for four interceptions. However, he now leads the league after a second-half catch, running the ball for 27 yards into Houston territory.
The 24-year-old safety has recorded at least one interception in the last four consecutive games.
Gardner-Johnson and the Eagles now lead the NFL with an 8-0 record, as they prepare to host NFC East rival, the Washington Commanders.