The Philadelphia Eagles hope to get back on track after a rough 7-9 season and the firing of head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles now hope to pick up the pieces under Doug Pederson and hope there’s still enough talent in place to compete in a competitive NFC East.
Here is your 2016 Philadelphia Eagles NFL preview.
Key Player Losses: Offensively, the Eagles lost backup quarterback Mark Sanchez and running back DeMarco Murray. Sanchez is replaceable, but Murray is still one of the top backs in the league despite his struggles in a spread offense last season. Defensively, the Eagles traded cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins, and they lost E.J. Biggers to the New England Patriots. Like Murray, none of those players were good fits in the Eagles scheme.
Key Player Additions: The Eagles bolstered their offensive line with guard Brandon Brooks, who started 44 games for the Houston Texans. Stefen Wisniewski is also a offensive lineman with 77 starts under his belt. Chris Givens and Rueben Randle also provide depth at a wide receiver corps that was underwhelming last season outside of Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz.
Draft: I didn’t like trading up to get quarterback Carson Wentz, but if the Eagles feel that’s their guy, they had no choice to make the move. I’m just not sold on Wentz being an NFL starting quarterback due to his limited reps in college and the fact he played against bummy schools. Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo was very good value for the third round and running back Wendell Smallwood is a terrific fit for Philly’s west coast offense.
Outlook: This is clearly a rebuilding year for the Eagles given what Chip Kelly did to this franchise. He changed the scheme and traded a ton of talent and now neither are around. This is likely going to be another tough season in Philadelphia, especially in a brutal NFC East where there’s three playoff caliber teams. I see the Eagles winning six or seven games this season.
Philadelphia Eagles 2016 Schedule:
Sept. 11, Cleveland Browns, 1
Sept. 19, at Chicago Bears (Mon), 8:30
Sept. 25, Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25
Oct. 9, at Detroit Lions, 1
Oct. 16, at Washington Redskins, 1
Oct. 23, Minnesota Vikings, 1
Oct. 30, at Dallas Cowboys*, 8:30
Nov. 6, at New York Giants, 1
Nov. 13, Atlanta Falcons, 1
Nov. 20, at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25
Nov. 28, Green Bay Packers (Mon), 8:30
Dec. 4, at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Dec. 11, Washington Redskins, 1
Dec. 18, at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 22, New York Giants (Thu), 8:25
Jan. 1, Dallas Cowboys, 1