The off-season in the NFL is the best opportunity for teams to prepare for the upcoming season. To strengthen, to improve, and in some cases, to shape a new roster are some of the movements that take place before the preseason begins.
The Philadelphia Eagles had 13 picks in seven rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft and are expected to cover the NFL point spread in the first game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Also, the Eagles lost 15 of their 22 starters last season. Now they are making a young team with big future projections.
For this season, the Eagles will not have quarterback Donovan McNabb, the protagonist of the greatest decade in team history. McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins, and this is certainly regarded by many as a bad decision by the Eagles and a great opportunity for the Redskins.
After the departure of McNabb, Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback for the upcoming season, and I think Kolb will have a great group of receivers made up of WR DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and Hank Baskett.
On the other hand, one of the main goals of the Eagles is to strengthen their defensive line if they want to catch up with the Dallas Cowboys. The toughest games for the Eagles will be against the Cowboys and the New York Giants on consecutive dates in December.
And that is why in the draft the Eagles selected DE Brandon Graham and Daniel Te’o’Nesheim. Also they signed Darryl Tapp and already have the DT Brodick Bunkley and Mike Patterson.
Last season the Eagles were ranked No. 11 in total offense, taking into account that Philadelphia has one of the most complete tight end in the NFL, Brent Celek. Celek became the starting tight end in the 2009 season.
It seems that for this upcoming season, Philadelphia will arrive with a new identity. On offense, there will be many new features, while they will also have a renewed defensive line.
Finally, taking into account all the changes that were made by the Eagles and Coach Andy Reid’s experience, I think that the Eagles will have some success on the season and could claim the second spot in the NFC East.
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