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Eagles Roster: 5 Biggest areas of strength

Eliot Shorr-Parks
July 08, 2019 - 7:50 am

We are less than three weeks away from the start of Eagles training camp, which kicks off on July 25th. The new season comes with plenty of expectations, as almost everyone around the league views the Eagles as one of the best and deepest rosters in the NFL. 

What makes the Eagles’ roster so strong?

Here are the give biggest areas of strength on the Eagles roster heading into next season:

The Lines: Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has done an excellent job investing plenty of resources into both the offensive and defensive line, and that commitment to building his team from the inside-out should continue to payoff for the Eagles this season. Despite his key players getting up there in age, the Eagles still field an offensive line that has — when healthy — four Pro Bowl players on it. Their defensive line has two Pro Bowl players — Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson — and one All-Pro defensive end in Brandon Graham. There are fair questions about the depth of the lines, but very few — if any — teams have the kind of talent the Eagles have along the lines on both sides of the ball. 

Wide Receivers: Quarterback Carson Wentz has come a long way from throwing to Dorial Green-Beckham Jr. his rookie season. The Eagles have $33.6 million invested in their receiver position this season, third most in the NFL. The result is a unit that might be the best in the league. Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and DeSean Jackson all complement each other perfectly and give the Eagles a dynamic group of receivers to work with. Jeffery is one of the best in the NFL at making contested catches. Jackson is arguably still the best deep threat in the NFL. Agholor has been one of the most productive slot receivers in the league over the last two seasons. Add in promising rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and the Eagles have the kind of weapons at receiver to score from anywhere on the field at any point of the game. 

Doug Pederson: Pederson isn’t the best head coach in the NFL — that title still belongs to Bill Belichick — but he is certainly on the short list. The Eagles have won four playoff games over the last two seasons, an accomplishment only Belichick’s Patriots have topped (five wins).  The Eagles’ head coach has seen his team suffer plenty of injuries on offense (including their starting quarterback twice) and still held things together, a sign of both his ability to coach with all kinds of different personnel groups but also his ability to hold together a locker room. With Pederson on the sideline the Eagles are guaranteed to have a season in which they are playoff contenders, which is something very few teams can say about their head coach. 

Tight Ends: The NFL has been trending towards a league where the tight end is a crucial part of the offense for years, but as with most trends, Roseman was early on it. Between Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert the Eagles have two of the top 10 tight ends in the NFL, something that started to become clear last season, and will become crystal clear very early on this year. It isn’t any secret what Ertz, the best tight end in the NFL, can do. This season should highlight just how good Goedert is, however, as he will see an increased role in the offense and in the red zone. Considering how good he looked in OTAs and minicamps, and how often the offense was getting him the ball, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Goedert get close to 10 touchdowns this season. There isn’t a better set of tight ends in the NFL than the duo the Eagles have on their roster. 

Quarterback: There is no getting around the injury concerns surrounding Wentz, a reality that definitely at times overshadows how talented he is. There is reason, however, for the Eagles to be very optimistic about what they are going to get from Wentz this season. With a full healthy offseason to work with, something he hasn’t had since prior to the 2017 season, Wentz had an outstanding set of OTAs and minicamp. One thing that has become clear about Wentz in his three years with the Eagles is that how he looks during the offseason is normally a pretty good indication of what the team will get during the regular season. If that remains true, and he stays healthy, Wentz should be an NFL MVP candidate. Only a handful of teams can say that about their quarterback. The loss of Nick Foles as a backup is a concern, but Nate Sudfeld has plenty of tools for Pederson to work with should Wentz go down again. Wentz and Sudfeld aren’t a perfect one-two punch at quarterback, but it is hard to imagine many teams wouldn’t swap places with the Eagles at the most important position in all of sports. 

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