[Chart last updated 7/1/14… see update notes from 7/1/14]
• With an impressive touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, many will question why quarterback Nick Foles is only an above average starter. Yet as good as that was, he was lucky to see so few passes picked off with some poor throws in there. Still, he finished the season strong and if he can continue like that in 2014, he’s likely to move up by the time the year is out.
• With LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, the Eagles boast as impressive a running back duo as you’ll find in the league heading into the new season. McCoy came in at No. 8 in our Top 101 series this year for good reason and, at just 25 years old, there’s no reason to expect him to slow down anytime soon.
• They also boast an impressive offensive line, with two elite players on the left side in Jason Peters and Evan Mathis. They aren’t the only good players on the line, however, with Jason Kelce a very good center last year and Lane Johnson improving massively down the stretch of his rookie season.
• The only thing consistent about the play of cornerback Cary Williams, and this dates back to his time in Baltimore, is that it’s inconsistent. His three interceptions and eight pass breakups show that he’s capable at making a play on the ball, but he’s prone to too many mistakes, allowing 805 yards through the air in the 2013 regular season.
1. Wide Receiver
After re-signing both Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles waved goodbye to DeSean Jackson this offseason, leaving the first two as the team’s top two wide receivers. Where the battle really heats up, though, is for that third spot. Jeff Maehl is the player from last year most likely to compete, but with rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff battling with him it will be an interesting contest to watch over the summer.
2. Outside Linebacker
After drafting Marcus Smith in the first round, the big question is how quickly he’ll push for a starting role. They signed Connor Barwin last offseason, but he has struggled as a pass rusher these past two years and, if they want to increase their pass-rushing presence, it’s surely only a matter of time before Smith gets his chance.
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