Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Season Preview

The Philadelphia Eagles got off to a red hot start last season, winning their first three contests. As the season progressed, their deficiencies, specifically on the offensive side of the ball, became too much to overcome. Philly struggled with the inconsistent (at best) play from their receiving corps, had difficulty maintaining any sort of a running game, and injuries and a suspension wrecked havoc along their offensive line. The Eagles went out and completely overhauled their skill positions over the offseason and are no doubt better on paper than they were this time last year, but it remains to be seen how successful they can actually be in arguably the best division in the NFL.

2016 Record: 7-9

Notable Additions: WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Torrey Smith, RB LeGarrette Blount, DE Chris Long, DT Timmy Jernigan, CB Ronald Darby

Notable Subtractions: DE Connor Barwin, DT Bennie Logan, CB Nolan Carroll, CB Leodis McKelvin, WR Jordan Matthews, WR Dorial Green-Beckham

Notable Rookies: DE Derek Barnett, CB Sidney Jones, RB Donnel Pumphrey, CB Rasul Douglas

Analysis:

It is no secret the Eagles’ biggest issue last season was the play of their wide receivers, where Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham, and first round bust Nelson Agholor formed arguably the worst pass catching trio in the entire league. General Manager Howie Roseman completely revamped his receiving corps over the offseason, bringing in veterans Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, trading Matthews to the Rams, while cutting Green-Beckham, and bringing in power running back LeGarrette Blount to help generate more man-coverage. With a new array of weapons, second-year quarterback Carson Wentz will find himself under quite a bit of pressure to succeed. While he did have some positive moments as a rookie (Eagles fans will try to convince you he was the greatest thing to come to the City of Brotherly Love since cheese whiz), the fact remains that the North Dakota State product put up pedestrian numbers at best. Wentz finished with a worse QB rating than guys like Cody Kessler and Tom Savage. It was obvious at points in 2016 that some of Wentz’s struggles came from him attempting to force the ball downfield with a lackluster receiving group not doing much to help him, but that excuse simply won’t fly moving forward.