Each offseason, every NFL team focuses on at least one area in need of an upgrade. So what aspect of the Philadelphia Eagles is looking better these days?
Training camp begins later this month for all 32 NFL teams. So that means another preview series from End Zone Score. Dating back to early March, we have taken time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers and previewed an up-and-coming player for each franchise.
Contrary to popular opinions, no team in the league is perfect. That’s why there’s a constant search for talent when it comes to this game. Each club has done its best to bolster its roster. So in this instance, we are going to take a glance at each franchise and pinpoint the department in which it made the most strides this offseason. We have already looked at the AFC East. We have been going through the NFC East and looked at the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins. We wrap things up with the Philadelphia Eagles.
When it was all said and done in 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles found themselves in the basement of the NFC East. They were also the lone team in the division with a losing record. A 3-0 start would morph into a 7-9 campaign. But even though the Birds finished with an identical record as the previous year, there was progress made by new head coach Doug Pederson and his staff.
One of the team’s biggest shortcomings was the play of its wide receiving corps. Led by rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia aerial attack produced only 16 scores. And just eight of those came from the wideouts, led by Jordan Matthews (3). Meanwhile, Nelson Agholor (2), Dorial Green-Beckham (2) and Josh Huff (1) accounted for the other five scores and of that trio, only Agholor remains with the club.
However, general managed Howie Roseman addressed the area twice in free agency and two more times in April’s draft. The Eagles signed veterans Torrey Smith (San Francisco 49ers) and Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears). They also selected Mack Hollins (North Carolina) and Shelton Gibson (West Virginia) in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.
The presence of Smith and Jeffery should open things up downfield for a Philadelphia Eagles offense that produced just 32 touchdowns in 16 games. The arrival of free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount should help Wentz and his ability to play-action pass. In a division that boasts some of the better wide receiving corps in the league, these Birds are now finally ready to fly.