Don’t name any of these guys as easy-outs on the Philadelphia Eagles schedule.
9. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints, Week 11: Guys aren’t taken first-overall in NFL Drafts for no reason. Jameis Winston hasn’t evolved into everything that fans of the teams he’s been on have hoped he’d be, but every once in a while you see something. He just hasn’t been able to turn it all on at once. Watching him is like watching a dance routine, two steps forward and three steps backward.
He’s learned from the great Bruce Arians and Sean Payton over the past two seasons. He’s even had the chance to back up a future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Drew Brees. We know he’s mentally ready now. The question is will that transform him into a better passer and game manager? Birds fans get a front-row seat in Week 11.
8. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions, Week 8: Well, that didn’t take long. Five years after taking Jared Goff and Carson Wentz first and second overall in 2016’s NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles will field new signal-callers in 2021.
The Eagles made Goff look like John Elway in Week 2 a season ago. Hopefully, they’ll be looking for some revenge here against a team that always seems to give them problems.
7. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington, Weeks 15 and 17: The always-dangerous Ryan Fitzpatrick is Philly’s opponent in Week 15 and Week 17 as he’s now the starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team. There’s no such thing as an easy day when he’s on the opposing sideline.
6. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers, Week 9: 2020’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is set for what looks like a great career in the NFL. There will be no sophomore slump in 2021. Philly gets their first look at him in Week 9.