Eagles Newest Acquistions Jamaal Charles and Timmy Jernigan Make Them a Serious Threat in the NFC EastRead Now
The Eagles have struggled to find consistent success since the Andy Reid era. Chip Kelly had some winning seasons, yet he ended up destroying the Eagles roster in the process. Doug Pederson showed promise last year, however with a rookie quarterback and limited weapons it's hard to have a ton of success. Carson Wentz now has a full year of experience under his belt and the Eagles have added weapons earlier this offseason in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey to make his job a lil bit easier. Apparently the Eagles felt that wasn't enough, so today they went out and signed Jamaal Charles to a 2yr deal worth a little under $4 mil. If Charles can stay healthy we know he's capable of extraordinary things, a fierce run game will certain take pressure off of Wentz, and that's something he couldn't rely on last year.
That's how the offense upgraded so far this offseason. As for the defense the Eagels had been relatively quiet addressing that side of the ball. I mean they didn't necessarily need to because their defense certainly wasn't the problem last year. They replace Conor Barwin with the signing of Chris Long, which I don't see as a downgrade at all. More importantly though, the Eagles lost Bennie Logan to free agency. His presence in the middle next to Fletcher Cox was huge for the Eagles success up front all year where they dominated in the trenches. They go and trade for Timmy Jernigan by exchanging 3rd picks with the Ravens. Great move by the Eagles, Jernigan will fill that void and you won't even see a dip in production whatsoever. Long, Jernigan, Cox, and Graham is going to be a nightmare for opposing offensive lines.
Philadelphia has definitely taken a couple steps in the right direction so far this offseason. To go from last to first in the tough NFC East won't be easy and they still have some concerns. I'm still not entirely sold on the Eagles corners. Mills is a solid corner, nothing crazy special, and with Carroll gone I'm not even sure who they'll have as their #2 and nickel corner. Secondary is a spot they'll need to address in the draft for sure, and in a deep defensive back class they'll have their picking of the litter. Also, all the weapons surrounding Wentz are great, if he can keep progressing, and developing at the pace he was last season. How many times do we see a rookie QB that shines and then as soon as these defensive coordinators get an offseason of watching film on them they aren't quite as effective the following season. Sophomore slump is a very real thing. If Wentz can avoid that Philly will definitely be competitive in the race for the NFC crown.