4 things Eagles must improve on to become playoff contenders again

Jalen Hurts #1 Nick Sirianni (R) Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles
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Someone other than DeVonta Smith must step up for the Eagles’ receiving corps.

It took them a while to figure this out, but the Eagles can win a lot of games if they play to the strengths of the guys that they have on the roster. The coaching staff, thanks to a meddling leadership structure, took a while to get Jordan Howard and Boston Scott on the field, but now that they have, their presence has made a world of difference.

Since Week 8, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better rushing attack than the one the Eagles have. Still, as joyous as it’s been to watch this team evolve from an offense that wants to rely on finesse to becoming one that’s more physical, more often than not, though games in January can be won in bad weather with a running game, the consistent contenders must be sure that wins and losses can also be earned via their quarterback standing in the pocket and delivering dimes.

Eagles executive vice president/general manager Howie Roseman has tried everything that he can to sabotage this team’s wide receiver corps by drafting JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor, but Philadelphia seems to have struck gold with DeVonta Smith.

The rookie has come on in recent weeks, but he’ll need help from the rest of this wide receiver corps, whether that be help from Reagor and JJAW or help from what appears to be the team’s second-best wideout, Quez Watkins.