Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor

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3 Eagles predictions for 2019

Andrew Porter
July 22, 2019 - 9:58 am

With Eagles training camp set to begin this week, excitement is sky high for football in Philadelphia. Some fans, at least on 94WIP, saying this is the most excited they've ever been for an Eagles season. 

Expectations are enormous as Philadelphia boasts, what is expected to be, one of the league's most dynamic offenses with the additions of DeSean Jackson, Jordan Howard, and Miles Sanders to go along with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Darren Sproles, and of course, a healthy Carson Wentz running the show. 

Here are three predictions I have for the 2019 Eagles offense. 

1. Eagles RB's that matter = Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Darren Sproles...and that's it

The Eagles didn’t bring Darren Sproles back at 36 years old to cut him. He’s a lock to make the roster and so is second-round pick Miles Sanders and free-agent acquisition Jordan Howard. That leaves, most likely, one (possibly two) roster spot for a fourth RB and that’s probably going to be Corey Clement, but it doesn't really matter who it is. 

Jordan Howard will be the Eagles' early down back, Miles Sanders will be the change of pace back capable of making plays in the passing game, and Sproles will be the dynamic scat back and third-down guy. And for the future, Howard is just 24 and Sanders is a second-round rookie, so assuming they both produce in 2019, that's a combo Philadelphia will almost certainly ride for multiple seasons. 

Josh Adams, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood did some nice things when they got the opportunity, but they're simply not as talented as Howard, Sanders, and Sproles. 

So while “training camp positional battles” are fun and all, the meaningful running back depth chart (one, two, and three) looks pretty solidified to me.

2. Zach Ertz has some regression coming

Ertz caught 116 balls for 1,163 yards and eight scores last season. Previously, his highest reception total in a season was 78 and the most receiving yards he ever accumulated in a season was 853.

In 2018, everything sort of went right for Ertz, volume wise. Alshon Jeffery missed three games and the Eagles had virtually no running game. Add in an increase of volume for second-year tight end Dallas Goedert, the new talent in the RB room, plus a few targets for DeSean Jackson, and Ertz’s numbers almost have to take a dip.

Ertz can certainly replicate, or top, eight touchdowns, but I don’t think he’ll catch 100-plus for 1,100 again.  

3. Big year for Nelson Agholor

With Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson on the outside, Agholor could be in line for a big season as the Eagles’ starting slot receiver.  

Agholor hasn’t caught 70 balls yet in a season, but I think he will this season—his contract season.

D-Jac is not a high volume guy and Jeffery, who dealt with an injury last season, has not caught more than 65 balls in a season since 2014. Agholor could very well lead the Eagles in targets to a wide receiver and we could be looking at a breakout type season for Nelly.

Ps. He’s been working out with Randy Moss.