5 Roster concerns the Philadelphia Eagles must address in 2021

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ offense still lacks offensive firepower.

3. Wide Receiver 

The Eagles added a lot of receivers through the draft this year, but many of them have been a disappointment. Rookies Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins have all been silent for most of the season, and it hasn’t been until the final few games that we started seeing them both utilized properly.

Travis Fulgham got off to an explosive start once he burst onto the scene, but he has fallen well off the rails. Believe it or not, the Eagles are still going to need an ‘X’ or primary receiver.

The first few receivers on the draft board this year are all extremely intriguing players, but unlike the cornerback market, there will be plenty of receivers that can help sustain this offense in free agency that won’t cost this team an arm and a leg. The Iggles could add the likes of Sammy Watkins or Curtis Samuel for a bargain.

4. Linebacker

Another massive need for Philly is at the linebacker position. This is seemingly always a frustrating conversation piece for fans (and the ITI staff) as it’s been ignored forever, and sadly there are guys that this team released that are finding success on other teams’ rosters.

A pickup like Micah Parsons would be amazing, but the Eagles aren’t going to take a linebacker in the first round. They never do. There’s still some talent in the later rounds of the draft though and there will be some solid talent in the free agency pool. There isn’t a whole lot that can be said about this position though because the fear is there’s little to no faith that the Birds will change their mindset about how important this position is.

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The Philadelphia Eagles still need to add cogs to the ‘QB Factory’.

5. Quarterback. 

A quarterback? Do the Philadelphia Eagles honestly need another quarterback? Well, this is a tricky one, so let’s break it down. On paper, it would seem as if they don’t, but that could change depending on what they decide to do with Carson Wentz, whether or not they say farewell to Nate Sudfeld, and how much faith this organization has in the guys that they already have.

It’s a big possibility that both Wentz and Jalen Hurts will be on the roster in 2021, but if neither pans out, it’s no guarantee that they’ll be this high up on the draft board next year. Philly fans are probably thinking as they read this, that there’s no way the Eagles will pick another quarterback, but it’s honestly a huge possibility, depending on where they are picking and who is on the board.

The organization has already been extremely upfront about how much they value the position and will continue to put capital into it. That won’t change no matter who the starter is. Remember, there’s a possibility that the Birds could be drafting as high as third. So quarterback talents like Justin Fields or Zach Wilson could be there for Philadelphia to pick.

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Trust us, we think it’s crazy as well, but after last year, the overall likelihood of them picking a quarterback in the first round is just higher than most fans would like. Many moving parts are going to happen this offseason, and it is just not possible that the Iggles will answer all of their needs, but this free agency market and draft talent could help them fill a few holes. Let’s just hope as fans that this team’s leadership does the right thing.