After an offseason filled with major moves and new additions all over the roster, the Philadelphia Eagles look like a much more improved team than they were last year. Sure, they made the playoffs last season. That’s saying a lot, but there’s a lot of excitement as they’ve addressed the holes that they needed to fill and turned their former weaknesses into strengths.
Bringing in Jalen Hurts‘ good friend and Pro Bowl wide receiver, A.J. Brown, and shuffling Jalen Reagor down the depth chart was a massive upgrade. The Eagles were also able to address their pass-rushing issue from last year. After finishing second to last in sacks last year, they acquired a versatile pass-rushing threat in Haason Reddick and massive, athletic freak Jordan Davis during the early stages of free agency and the NFL Draft.
Eagles’ offseason moves may have made them the favorites in the NFC East.
Among some of the Eagles’ other notable moves were drafting Nakobe Dean, signing James Bradberry, and, most recently acquiring Jaquiski Tartt unexpectantly. Philly’s roster, as of now, looks far superior to what it was in January during the playoff game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles have reason to be proud of what’s been a stellar offseason. That’s more than we can say for their rivals in the NFC East. They all had a less aggressive and more mediocre approach.
The NFC East’s two most talented teams are the Eagles and Cowboys, and after this offseason, you can argue the Birds have leap-frogged Dallas in the division. The Cowboys lost key contributors in Amari Cooper and Randy Gregory and didn’t make any notable acquisitions. The NFC East’s crown will be determined on the field, not on paper, but Philadelphia has placed itself in prime position to win it.
All the moves the Eagles have made have set them up for success. That being said, how far the Birds will go lies on the shoulders of Jalen Hurts. The Eagles will need him to make a major leap and prove that he has developed as a passer. That’s the only way that they’re going to win the NFC East and make some noise in the playoffs when they arrive.
There has not been a repeat division champion in the NFC East since the Birds did it from 2001 to 2004. Let’s hope that continues and Dallas falls from their pedestal. The Birds have the talent to make that happen, but we still need to see this group in action.