NFL Update: The Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post 2014 NFL Draft
Will the Eagles be ready to compete for a Super Bowl run in 2014?
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2013 Season Recap: The Philadelphia Eagles had a successful season under first-year head coach Chip Kelly, winning 10 games and the NFC East. The Eagles did lose in the first round of the playoffs to the New Orleans Saints, but they proved their offense can be successful under Kelly, as they finished in the Top 10 in both rushing and passing. However, an Eagles secondary that ranked dead last in the NFL was ultimately what cost them games and a chance to advance further in the playoffs.
Key Player Losses: Arguably the biggest loss of the NFL offseason is when the Eagles cut Desean Jackson for off-the-field issues. Jackson was the Eagles leading receiver last season and the biggest offensive playmaker on the team. The Eagles also released Jason Avant, who caught 38 passes last year for 447 yards and two touchdowns.
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Key Player Gains: The Eagles bolstered their secondary during the offseason by signing Nate Carroll and Nate Allen, two defensive backs who combined for four interceptions and 108 tackles last season. Both players should help fix a secondary that allowed 289.8 passing yards last season. The Eagles also signed Mark Sanchez as an experienced backup quarterback.
The Draft: You have no choice but to question the Eagles selection of defensive end Marcus Smith in the first round. However, the Eagles did get terrific value with the selections of Johs Huff, Jaylen Watkins and Jordan Matthews in the later rounds. The Eagles had a decent draft that includes a few players who can make an immediate impact.
Outlook for 2014, So Far: Even without Jackson in the picture, it’s hard not to like this Eagles team that can score on you in a hurry. The Eagles still have Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and Riley Cooper to make big plays offensively and build on the momentum of last season. However, the struggles defensively are real and will have to improve if the Eagles are going to take that next step in the NFC. The Eagles ranked 17th in total defense last year and allowed 25 passing touchdowns. Those are numbers that Eagle fans should be focused on throughout the preseason.
Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Schedule:
Sept. 7 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Sept. 15 at Indianapolis Colts (Mon), 8:30
Sept. 21 Washington Redskins, 1
Sept. 28 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25
Oct. 5 St. Louis Rams, 1
Oct. 12 New York Giants, 8:30*
Oct. 19 BYE
Oct. 26 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05
Nov. 2 at Houston Texans, 1
Nov. 10 Carolina Panthers (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 16 at Green Bay Packers, 1
Nov. 23 Tennessee Titans, 1
Nov. 27 at Dallas Cowboys (Thu), 4:30
Dec. 7 Seattle Seahawks, 4:25
Dec. 14 Dallas Cowboys, 8:30*
Dec. 20 at Washington Redskins (Sat), TBD
Dec. 28 at New York Giants, 1