By Max Harper

Eagles rook defensive tackle Jalen Carter played 563 snaps in 16 games last season, or 35.8 per game.

And Fletcher Cox has retired.

So 2024 is Carter’s “put up or shut up” season.

“Really, I’d like to be more conditioned than working on technique because we got all year for technique stuff,” Carter told NBCSP.

“We work on technique every day in practice with our hands, working on pass rushes and stuff l you really don’t work on conditioning a lot. But I did more conditioning than I did, and hand movement and some of the stuff like that.”

Carter finished second for defensive rookie of the year after being the favorite at the midway point. He had four sacks, seven quarterback hits, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in the first eight games but only two sacks, two quarterback hits and three tackles for loss in the final eight.

“My first year was OK,” Carter said.

“It wasn’t how I wanted it to end. A lot of stuff that I seen on film is stuff I need to fix. It’s OK. We here now, and I’m ready to be better than last year.”


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