Carson Wentz is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. He was tremendous arm strength, mobility, and big-play capability. Behind him, Josh McCown is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Eagles plan to use a committee system when it comes to their RB department. Jordan Howard doesn't have the best speed or receiving skills, but he has the 3rd most 10+ rushes of all RBs since 2016 due to his strength. Behind him, Miles Sanders has excelled during training camp and has improved on his receiving skills.
Protection & Blocking
According to pro football focus, the Philadelphia Eagles have the best offensive line, and for a good reason. Center, Jason Kelce, didn't allow a single sack on 1,037 snaps last season. When it comes to their tackles, the Eagles have two elite OTs on both sides of the offensive line, when it comes to Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. Brandon Brooks is a quality OL, especially when it comes to pass protection. Plus, they have a rookie in Andre Dilliard who looks to excel when given a chance.
The Eagles have a loaded receiving corps. JJ Arcega-Whitside and Alshon Jeffery are both tremendous contested catch and red zone targets. Desean Jackson and Agholor are both quality threats on deep passes and Agholor is a great slot WR. TEs, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are each sure-handed tight ends who excel at running routes and getting separation. Plus, Miles Sanders has reportedly improved his receiving skills, so Wentz will have a lot of receiving weapons.
Skills Analysis Notes
The Eagles have a loaded offense due to the off-season moves made by Howie Roseman. He bolstered the RB group by adding Sanders and Howard, who will add a mix of speed and power. Their OL was top-notch last year and will only get better with the addition of Andre Dillard (in case Jason Peters gets injured). And their receiving group is arguably the best in the NFL.
Howie Roseman's roster-building philosophy always starts with assembling a great DL. During the off-season, he added Malik Jackson to form a deadly tandem with Fletcher Cox at the defensive tackle position. Moreover, Brandon Graham is an elite DE, who excels at pressuring the QB. If Derek Barnett can continue to improve, he should look to be an integral part of the Eagles' success.
The LB position is probably one of the weakest positional groups on the roster. They didn't have any elite LBs last year, but Bradham and Grugier-Hill both showed flashes of talent. However, the addition of Zach Brown was a big bonus for the team, as he is phenomenal at rushing the passer and playing in coverage. If this position can hold their own, this defense will be successful.
Another weak positional group on the team is DB. None of the members of the secondary are great, but CB, Ronald Darby, and safety, Malcolm Jenkins are each quality players. When it comes to the corner position, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglass, and Cre'von LeBlanc progressed at the end of the year, but they will need to improve profusely to make sure that the Eagles don't get torched in the secondary.
Controlling Field Position
Skills Analysis Notes
The Eagles' strength on the defensive side of the ball lies with their defensive line. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Malik Jackson, Zach Brown and Derek Barnett will likely be terrorizing members of the Philly front seven. On the back end, the Eagles have a below-average secondary, but it's still young and could probably surprise some people with Le'Blanc in the slot and Darby as the No. 1.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
Jake Elliot has proven to be a quality kicker during his two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is great at making FGs from 50+ yards and usually comes up in the clutch. With Desean Jackson back in the midnight green, the Eagles will have a stellar punt and kick returner.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Head Coach, Doug Pederson has proven to be an effective head coach during his three-year tenure, especially when it came to forming a system around Nick Foles. For the past two years, Pederson has helped Carson Wentz play at an MVP-caliber level, and maximize the limited skill-set of Nick Foles. Furthermore, Pederson has shown a willingness to go for it on fourth down, and draw up creative plays to get receivers open in space. Last season, the offense stalled a bit with Wentz as QB and looked dull, but if Pederson can go back to making up creative plays, the Eagles should be set on offense. On the defensive side of the ball, Jim Schwartz has been the mastermind of an intimidating 4-3 defense, that has terrorized on opposing OLs and QBs. However, he needs to do a better job of putting his CBs in positions to succeed.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the most complete team in the NFL; they have an emerging young QB, a nice arsenal of RBs, the best receiving corps, and a daunting combination of DL/OL to dominate the LOS. This team will be extremely productive and balanced on both sides of the ball due to Doug Pederson's play-calling and the talent throughout the roster. The only Achilles heel for Philly will be their CBs and LBs. Cornerbacks, Rasul Douglass, Avonte Maddox, and Cre'Von LeBlanc are all quality CBs, but none of them have displayed sustained success. Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill are decent LBs, but neither is excellent at rushing the passer or staying in coverage.
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Slightly Under-performed Expectations
The Philadelphia Eagles are the favorites to win the NFC East and be a contender in the NFC. With Wentz and this receiving corps, the Eagles will easily get 4+ wins in their division. The Cowboys will probably compete with them for the NFC East championship, but due to the amount of depth on the Eagles' roster, Philly will usurp them for No. 1, as long as the team doesn't get a devastating injury.