The Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed a very productive offseason. So what jobs need to be settled this summer when it comes to Doug Pederson’s squad?
It’s a team that has made dramatic strides after a couple of 7-9 seasons. The Philadelphia Eagles were a last-place club during head coach Doug Pederson’s first year on the job in 2016. That changed quickly one year later as the Birds finished 13-3 and won Super Bowl LII.
This past season, it took the club quite some time to find its footing. The club dropped six of its first 10 contests before rallying for five wins in their final six contests. A 9-7 record was good enough to claim the sixth seed in the NFC. A wild card victory at Chicago was followed by a 20-14 setback at New Orleans in the divisional playoffs.
General manager Howie Roseman has been extremely busy this offseason and has not only retooled by restocked the roster. Now it is training camp time and here are some key positions to keep an eye on this summer.
5. Wide receiver 2 or 3
DeSean Jackson vs. Nelson Agholor vs. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
So who are the starting wide receivers are the Philadelphia Eagles? When you look at the depth chart, the club is loaded with productive performers all over. This unit got deeper when Roseman brought veteran DeSean Jackson back to the City of Brotherly Love via a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The club used a second-round pick on wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford). Charles Johnson – who did not play in the NFL in 2017 and ’18 – joined the team this offseason.
Alshon Jeffery was the team’s top wide receiver in terms of catches last season. He totaled 65 grabs for 843 yards and six scores. Not far behind was former first-round pick Nelson Agholor, who finished with 64 receptions, 736 yards and four scores. Of course, the latter was also the subject of trade rumors in late April in the days leading up to the draft. But he’s back and at least for now, isn’t headed elsewhere anytime soon.
All told, the Birds have an embarrassment of riches at the position. Jeffery is the clear number one and Arcega-Whiteside has opened some eyes. It makes for an intriguing summer.