BTB: The Philadelphia Eagles Offseason

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  1. CCBoy

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    The Weekly BEast Report: The Philadelphia Eagles Offseason
    By DawnMacelli@BTB_Macelli on Jul 19 2014, 12:00p 7


    First year head coach Chip Kelly led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-6 record despite a change in starting quarterbacks, a 1-4 start to the season, and a locker room that threatened to be torn apart by a racial slur being used by one of the team's receivers. They also managed to play their way into the NFL post-season with a defense that was less than stellar, thanks to an offensive attack that put up franchise records for yardage, points, and touchdown. The Eagles find themselves in a position where they face an opportunity to better themselves in preparation for a run deep in the playoffs.

    With the Chip Kelly offense blending right in and establishing itself with Nick Foles at the helm, the obvious area for the Eagles to focus on is in building a defense that can slow down the opposition. The Philly defense did not out perform their counterparts in Dallas by much. The Eagles scoring defense was 29th in the league. As a unit, the Eagles were top ten against the run, but the secondary was atrocious. Improving that will be the biggest opportunity for the Philadelphia front office to make a difference.

    One other challenge that will loom large for the Eagles will be in replacing DeSean Jackson, who has departed for the Washington Redskins along with Jason Avant, who is now a Carolina Panther.

    For a team that obviously had issues keeping opponents off the scoreboard selecting a defensive player in the first round is a solid move. Strangely, with the team's immediate need to upgrade the secondary, Philadelphia chose Marcus Smith, an OLB out of Louisville. Smith will most likely start his career as a rotational player behind Connor Barwin and Trent Cole. The Eagles then invested their next two picks in replacing the two receivers that were lost during the off season; Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt and Josh Huff, who played for Kelly at the University of Oregon. Both men should see plenty of opportunities to make an impact in the Foles-led offensive attack...
  2. Idgit

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    Jordon Matthews is gonna be a thorn in our side for a long time.
  3. CCBoy

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    25. Philadelphia Eagles - Secondary

    Michael Perez/Associated Press
    Starters: Bradley Fletcher, Nate Allen, Malcolm Jenkins, Cary Williams

    Key Contributors: Brandon Boykin, Earl Wolff, Ed Reynolds (rookie), Nolan Carroll, Jaylen Watkins (rookie), Curtis Marsh

    The Philadelphia Eagles have invested a ton of time, money and draft picks on defense since Chip Kelly took over as head coach before the 2013 offseason. And while we've seen remarkable changes in the front seven, many of the new additions in the secondary last season were just average.

    The hope is that a second year in Kelly's scheme will benefit this group, but the Eagles are still facing an uphill battle in terms of talent on the roster. Perhaps rookies Ed Reynolds and Jaylen Watkins can help there, but it's telling that the Eagles' best player in the secondary (Brandon Boykin) is a slot cornerback.

    Boykin would be a star if more people gave slot cornerbacks equal credit, so don't sleep on him because he's not a starter in the base defense. The outside corners—Fletcher and Williams—are physical and tough, but average as turn-and-run cover men. This is where Watkins can find a home in this defense very soon, if he adapts to the pro game quickly.

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