The Eagles had themselves a good offseason.
The biggest loss might have been VP of Player Personnel, Joe Douglas. Although in truth, the departure of backup QB Nick Foles is a big loss, too. The man brought Philly a Super Bowl title, and showed up time and time again in big games when the team needed him most. It’s hard to find a guy like that, and the Eagles decided to let him walk.
With that said, the team does have an MVP-level player at quarterback in Carson Wentz. The reason losing a backup QB hurts when you have a guy like Wentz is that Wentz has struggled to stay healthy. In a perfect world, it would have been Wentz leading the team for the past two playoff stretches, but instead it was Foles. Letting him walk for nothing is a big risk. If Wentz stays healthy, he could be an MVP, but if he doesn't the Eagles will be in big trouble.
At running back, bringing in Jordan Howard was a great move. He gives them a big power back to pair with Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood.
The top of the wide receiver depth chart is stacked. Alshon Jeffery is the number one, followed by Desean Jackson, whom the team brought back this offseason. Nelson Agholor can play both outside and inside at the receiver position and should get plenty of run time. Behind them, rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside could make an impact in year one.
At tight end, they have one of the best all-around pass catchers and blockers in the league with Zach Ertz. Dallas Goedert is also a solid option at the position, giving the Eagles one of the deeper tight end rooms in the league.
The O-line will be one of the tops in the league, led by the big Jasons: Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. The team drafted Andre Dillard in the first round, and while he likely won't see a lot of game action in 2019, he is the apparent heir to Peters at left tackle.
The Eagles defensive line is loaded once again. It starts with All-Pro tackle Fletcher Cox. The team lost Michael Bennett, but brought back edge rusher Vinny Curry. They also have Brandon Graham, who has established himself as one of the elite pass rushers in football. Bringing in Malik Jackson after Jacksonville cut him was also a strong move. All in all, the Eagles have some of the league's best talent along their defensive line.
The linebacker group isn't anything special, but it is a group that can get it done. The starters will likely be Nigel Bradham, Zach Brown, and Kamu Grugier-Hill, a group that may not cover so well, but can lay the wood. Behind these three, they have L.J. Fort and T.J. Edwards, who should both see plenty of playing time.
The secondary has some questions. At corner, the starters should be Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. The rest of the group is underwhelming to say the least. They team will hope that second year player Sidney Jones can turn back into the prospect he was before tearing his achillies in college.
The safeties are headlined by one of the game’s best in Malcolm Jenkins. Rodney McLeod will likely start at the other safety position. Tre Sullivan, the third safety on the roster, played a good amount for the team in the playoffs, so expect that to continue into the the 2019 season.
Offseason Grade: A | Predicted NFC East Finish: 1
The Eagles killed the offseason. They brought in talent at running back and receiver, which were both big needs coming into the offseason. They also addressed the hole that Jason Peters will eventually be leaving at left tackle by drafting his replacement before they were pressed to do so. They made a series of moves to bolster the already strong defensive line as well.
The only knock could be that they don't have the strongest QB depth chart after Wentz. If Wentz stays healthy, this team will dominate. If he doesn't, I still don't think anyone will challenge them for the division.
Graduate of Loyola Maryland and die hard Boston sports fan. "I rub it in pretty good when I win" - Tom Brady