The final addition this offseason so far was a trade for running back/kick return specialist Darren Sproles. There are many reasons why Darren Sproles is an awesome fit for this fast-paced offense. In my last article where I projected the Eagles acquiring Darren Sproles I spoke on many of these reasons (Check it out here). Some of the main reasons why the Eagles traded for Sproles are as follows: 1) He can offer relief for Lesean McCoy without forfeiting a running back that can catch the football. 2) His ability to catch passes out of the backfield. 3) His ability to be used as a slot receiver. 4) His special teams capabilities. This again highlights the Eagles’ goal to fix their special teams. Sproles also makes the offense even more dangerous.
So to sum up, the Eagles fixed the not so broken offense, and also fixed their special teams. The one thing they did not fix, is the defense. They got Malcolm Jenkins, but made no strong improvements at cornerback, and also did not acquire a starting caliber linebacker or defensive end. The Eagles did manage to bring back Nate Allen yesterday, which could provide some great depth at safety, and is an upgrade over Earl Wolff. The Eagles still need a lot of secondary help, and also need help getting pressure on the opposing quarterback. The Eagles also need a kicker that can kick the ball out the back of the end zone. Not to mention they could use a backup quarterback.
This tells me that the Eagles are setting themselves up to fix the defense through the draft. This is a hard task considering at the least they need a strong safety, a linebacker, and a cornerback. This becomes even harder if you believe Howie Roseman when he says that the Eagles will draft best available, not based on need. In a draft that has the deepest wide receiver talent I’ve seen in a long time, I could easily see the Eagles taking one. This means that the Eagles need to do something else in free agency.