Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) celebrates scoring a touchdown with quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Three Eagles Players That Need To Step Up in 2014


The Philadelphia Eagles are in a big year in 2014. Although they are the favorites to win the NFC East, it is all but assured that they do so. It is well known that the NFC East is a very competitive division, and there is no doubt the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins will all have the Eagles’ number.

With that said, the Eagles are going to need a few players to step up in 2014. The offense lost DeSean Jackson and the Eagles defense, specifically the secondary, will certainly have a target on their backs. Here are three players that need to step up this season.

 

Nick Foles

This one is the more obvious choice of players that will need to step up for the Eagles. In a quarterback driven league, everything comes down to the quarterback play.

The Eagles have put everything into Nick Foles. They allowed Michael Vick to walk away and sign with the New York Jets and they simply released DeSean Jackson. The Eagles are one of the select few that have this much faith in their quarterback.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly are relying on Foles producing at the same level that he did last year. Like last season, the Eagles are only going to go as far as Foles takes them, therefore the Eagles quarterback will need to come up big for the birds.

 

Brandon Boykin

Ever since Brian Dawkins left Philadelphia, this Eagles secondary has been hurting and missing that presence that quarterbacks have to watch out for. The only thing Boykin doesn’t have going for him is his size, but that doesn’t mean Boykin can’t make plays and isn’t physical.

Boykin sealed the division title and  once again needs to be an anchor on what is expected to be an improved defense. The Eagles cornerback is perceived more as a slot corner, but with offenses using more and more three receiver sets, Boykin will still make his way more on to the field for a solid amount of plays, and if he can improve in the outside, there is no question the Eagles will put him there.

The Eagles need a vocal guy in the secondary and a guy that can shift momentum on defense, Boykin needs to be the Brian Dawkins of this secondary and step up in 2014.

 

Jordan Matthews

Roseman and Kelly may not admit it, but they have a lot invested in rookie Jordan Matthews. They are expecting him to come up big for offense and take over the role left by DeSean Jackson. As unfair as that may be, it is the truth.

The Eagles released a big piece of their offense, and it may not be completely up to Matthews as they do have Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, but the Eagles will be expecting him to eventually take over the role.  You have to believe Kelly has big plans for Matthews.

The Eagles lost their big play threat in the passing game, and Matthews will need to be able to come in and make plays for this offense in 2014.

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