With free agency slowing down, it is time to take a step back and look at what the Eagles have done so far. Teams in the NFL that have holes in their lineups fill the holes through free agency and through the NFL Draft. But if not enough is done in free agency, then there is too much to fix through the draft.
So far the Eagles have mostly re-signed their old players, but have made some key additions. In my opinion, the player that the Eagles have acquired that serves the most need is safety Malcolm Jenkins, of the New Orleans Saints. While Jenkins was not the biggest name on the safety market, he is known for his versatility and coverage skills. However, on the downside, he is known for his poor tackling. The addition of Jenkins fills a major need for the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball, this is because the Eagles’ secondary was ranked towards the bottom of the league last year, and has been this way for quite a while now. The Eagles signed Jenkins to be the safety that they have been looking for since they lost Brian Dawkins, which is some pretty big shoes to fill for Jenkins.
Another new addition to the team includes ex-Miami Dolphin Cornerback, Nolan Carroll. Carroll may start off as a third cornerback for the team, and may begin to show up in nickel formations. Carroll had his best statistical season last year. If he continues improving he might be able to take over for Bradley Fletcher who was the Eagles weaker link at cornerback last year. The Eagles also acquired safety and special teamer Chris Maragos and linebacker Bryan Braman. Both Braman and Maragos are known for their special teams abilities, which shows that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman appreciate players that are very talented for special teams use.