2 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t be buyers in NFL trade talks

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1. Don’t expect these Philadelphia Eagles to suddenly leap in the standings.

Between injuries and ineffectiveness, these Eagles aren’t playoff contenders and their losing record reflects that. Although they’re still in the thick of things in a bad division, they are a flawed squad, and adding one or two guys may not change that.

One could even make the argument that they need to focus on getting their in-house guys healthy, but let’s say that they did. They wouldn’t just suddenly turn things around, would they? Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson should be back sooner than later (at least that’s the story every week), but it’s hard to imagine that either will have an impact. Matt Pryor is currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but once he’s healthy, Jamon Brown is back to the bench or worse. Pryor doesn’t upgrade the position of guard though.

On the bright side, all of the injuries that have stricken the ‘Birds’ are letting them really evaluate all their young and role players. This has given them the chance to evaluate whether or not some of these young guys can be a part of this team’s long-term plans. After all, injuries are why they found out that Jordan Mailata had potential as a left tackle position and wide receiver Travis Fulgham is the kind of receiver they’ve been looking for.

Philly also needs to evaluate other players. Rookie linebackers Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor have hardly played this year, and it would be wise to see if they can. It’s time to coach the guys they have up and rely less on bringing new guys in.