Philadelphia Eagles: A Look Ahead to Training Camp
It is crazy to think that NFL Training Camp will begin in just a week or two for a lot of NFL teams. The Philadelphia Eagles will have an interesting challenge ahead of them for the 2019 season. They were the number six seed in the NFC last season with a 9-7.
They were 6-7 heading into Week 15 against the Los Angeles Rams on the road. Quarterback Carson Wentz was ruled out for the rest of the season with another injury. Philadelphia’s chances to reach the postseason was very slim and a lot of people doubted them.
Nick Foles got the job done once again and there was once a debate which quarterback they should keep. The Eagles took done the Chicago Bears on the road in the Wild Card Round, but they were an Alshon Jeffrey dropped pass that led to an interception away from getting back to the NFC Championship Game. They lost to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, but Philadelphia would have faced the Los Angeles Rams.
Foles wasn’t brought back after the season was over. Thus he signed a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterback. He is an MVP caliber player when he is healthy. The battle for the backup job will be very intriguing. It will be between Nate Sudfeld, rookie Clayton Thorson, and Cody Kessler. In fact, Kessler will most likely be the odd man out.
One of the biggest weaknesses for the Eagles last season was when Jay Ajayi got hurt, they were missing a three-down back. They have nice supplementary backs, but they can’t handle being a running back on all three downs. Philadelphia traded for Jordan Howard and he will most likely be the starting running back.
Rookie Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, Donnel Pumphrey, and Boston Scott will compete for the other three spots. Sanders and Clement will most likely make the roster. I could see Smallwood being the odd man out after the year Adams had last season.
Wentz will have a ton of wide receivers to throw to. Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor will be the top three wide receivers. Rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside could make a ton of noise in training camp.
Philadelphia has a strong offensive line. The projected starters will be Jason Peters at left tackle, Isaac Seumalo at left guard, Jason Kelce at center, Brandon Brooks at right guard, and Lane Johnson at right tackle.
They play a 4-3 defensive scheme. The Eagles have a very good front seven, but their secondary was their weak link last season.
Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham will be starting at defensive end. Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson will be the starting defensive tackles. Timmy Jernigan, Vinny Curry, and rookie Shareff Miller will also compete for playing time on the defensive line.
Kamu Grugier-Hill, Zach Brown, and Nigel Bradham will be the starting linebackers. Losing Jordan Hicks to the Arizona Cardinals will be a big loss to this linebacking core. LJ Fort and Nathan Jerry will compete for some play time at outside backer and so will Paul Worrilow and rookie T.J. Edwards at inside linebacker.
Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Sidney Jones will be the top three cornerbacks on the roster. Rasul Douglas will most likely be the fourth cornerback on the roster. Avonte Maddox, Josh Hawkins, Jeremiah McKinnon, and rookie Jay Liggins will compete for the final cornerback spot on the roster.
Jake Elliott will be the kicker, Cameron Johnston will be the punter, Rick Lovato will be the long snapper, DeSean Jackson will be the punt returner, and it will be interesting to see who becomes the kickoff returner. It could be Shelton Gibson or Wendall Smallwood.
This team has the potential to win another Super Bowl for the second time in three years. Some people will pick them to win the NFC East and some people will pick the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East.
The Philadelphia Eagles open up training camp on Thursday, July 25, but players have to report on Wednesday, July 24. Then they will have their first preseason game on Thursday, August 8 at home against the Tennessee Titans. At last, the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Washington Redskins in Week 1 on September 8 to start the season.
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