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Eagles have a Super Bowl caliber roster

Eliot Shorr-Parks
May 04, 2019 - 8:20 am

Prior to the 2019 NFL Draft, Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman said that although there will still plenty of time between then and the start of the season, he was very confident with the roster he had put together. 

Roseman feeling that confident was justified was the time. Now, one draft and two signings later, Roseman should feel even better about the current state of his roster, and what the group can accomplish once they season begins. 

Yes, it is early, but no matter how you slice it, it is impossible to look at the roster the Eagles have and not see a Super-Bowl caliber group. 

On offense, the Eagles have taken what was the weakness of the team last season and turned them into what should be the strength. 

They have arguably the best set of receivers in the NFL in Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and the newly added DeSean Jackson. Last year the Eagles’ biggest issue on offense was a lack of speed at receiver. They rectified that by going out and adding one of, if not the best, deep threats in NFL history. One day Jackson will slow down, but that day has not yet come, as he led the NFL in yards-per-catch last season, and has done so two of the last three years. 

The Eagles should see a big step forward from their running backs and tight ends as well. At tight end the Eagles have two of the top 10 players in the league at their position in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Ertz proved last year he is certainly in the discussion, if not at the top of the list, of best tight ends in the NFL. Goedert improved as the season went on, and in a league that demands tight ends to be elite pass catchers, Goedert checks off that box in a major way. 

At running back the Eagles added Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. Individually, each has flaws in their game that could keep them from being legitimate No. 1 running backs. Together, they are the best duo of running backs this team has had in years. Add in a healthy Corey Clement, and this trio is a better one than the group of LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and Clement that helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl in 2017. 

On defense, the Eagles have seen plenty of turnover, but they have come out of the shakeups with a unit that can still be one of the best in the league. The Eagles finished 12th in the NFL last season in points allowed, the only defensive stat that really matters. They did that despite getting zero help from their offense, being forced into short fields and not being handed big leads very often — especially early on in games. 

At cornerback the Eagles have six players that can make a case they deserve to start. Assuming Rodney McLeod is healthy, they have one of the best starting safety duos in the NFL. The addition of Zach Brown improves the linebacking core. The defensive line, even with the loss of Michael Bennett and Chris Long, should still be able to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They still might need another veteran at defensive end, but assuming Fletcher Cox is healthy, the defensive tackle position should be able to collapse pockets at a much higher level than they did last season. 

The final piece to the Super Bowl puzzle is of course the quarterback. What the team will get from Carson Wentz in 2019 remains to be seen. If he is the player he was in 2017, they have the roster to be not only the best team in the NFC, but one of the best in the NFL. If he is the player he was in 2018, the roster this team has almost won’t matter. The 2019 season will come down to Wentz. 

They have the weapons needed on offense. They have the makings of a top-10 defense. They have an elite coaching staff. Overall, they have a better roster than the one that made a late-season playoff run into New Orleans, and might have kept going if not for an injury to Brandon Brooks or a dropped pass by Alshon Jeffery. 

Now, they just need to put it all together. 

And if they do, especially Wentz, the city of Philadelphia should prepare for another long postseason run. 

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