NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. What do we expect from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017?

Who would have thought that after last season’s showing, Doug Pederson’s team would suddenly have more than its share of quality wideouts? This year’s additions include veterans Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery. And the sudden development of third-year pro Nelson Agholor made three-year veteran Jordan Matthews expendable. Hence the recent trade to the Buffalo Bills for much-needed cornerback Ronald Darby. The Birds also drafted wide receivers Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson in the fourth- and fifth-round, respectively.

All is good news for quarterback Carson Wentz, who was an unexpected 16-game starter as a rookie. Now he’s the main man behind center. He has a big plus with him in power back LeGarrette Blount. The offensive line is solid and coordinator Jim Schwartz is doing a lot of good things when it comes to the defense. Keep an eye on a four-man front that now includes veteran end Chris Long and former Baltimore Ravens’ defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Meanwhile, 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett had an enjoyable evening in the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Summation:

The second week of August proved to be quite interesting within the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had their additions and subtractions. And the Dallas Cowboys got some bad news regarding Ezekiel Elliott. While the Eagles have finished 7-9 each of the past two seasons, it’s clear that the organization is headed in the right direction. The defense is improving and Wentz should be noticeably after a season of on-the-field training.

Don’t be surprised if it’s the Birds and the Washington Redskins are the two clubs vying for the division crown down the stretch. The Eagles are a solid sleeper to get back to the playoffs if they can be more of a balanced team. It will be intriguing to watch them the remainder of the summer.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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