Philadelphia Eagles 2019 Season Preview

Russell S. Baxter

Philadelphia Eagles 2019 Season Preview

By John Crichton

Special to Pro Football Guru

The Philadelphia Eagles broke camp and entered the preseason with their highest expectations in quite some time. Leading up to the 2017 season, they were projected to be good, but not many people could have predicted they’d end up on top of the league by season’s end. So, what has everyone in Philly so hyped? What has many of the national media picking them for a Super Bowl rematch with Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Offense: The season will depend on the health of Carson Wentz. Yes, it was Nick Foles who guided the team into the 2017 playoffs. But they don’t even have the chance without 13 MVP-level games from Wentz. This year, he may have around him the best overall group of talent that he’s had since he was drafted. The addition of DeSean Jackson will give the young quarterback his first legit deep threat and will open things up for the rest of the offense. If the Eagles are to end up anywhere near where they’re predicted to, they’re going to need immediate chemistry from Wentz and Jackson. And with all due respect, nobody in Philly really wants to see the season being carried by newly-acquired Josh McCown.

Defense: The offense is expected to be dynamic, meaning the Eagles’ defense may only have to do just enough each week. They brought in Malik Jackson to pair inside with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The latter should see a lot of single-man looks. The secondary is where the questions will come as many of the team’s performers are still banged up while safety Malcolm Jenkins is a year older. General manager Howie Roseman did re-sign Brandon Graham, brought back Vinny Curry and added one-time Redskins’ linebacker Zach Brown. Graham and Curry, as well as end Derek Barnett and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, gives Philadelphia a nice rotation up front. Now it’ll be up to Jim Schwartz to push the right buttons.

Special Teams: For a lot of years, the Eagles had the best if not the top units in this area. However, the past few seasons however have been very different due to key injuries. One huge one was to recently-retired special teams captain Chris Maragos. When he went down, these groups struggled. Coach Dave Fipp will have to find a way to get his squad back to where they need to be in order for the team to be successful.

Prediction: The team is poised for another run at the Lombardi Trophy. A lot of things need to go right in an NFL season for you to win, but talent-wise the Eagles have the pieces in place. It will all come down to the health of No; 11. If Wentz can take his new found diet, and training regimen and use it to keep him upright, I believe the sky’s the limit for the club. Look for them to capture the NFC East and eventually earn a rematch with the dynasty from Foxborough. And this time, Wentz will be hoisting the Lombardi – and won’t be handing it to anyone else.

Win-Loss Record: 12-4 (1st, NFC East, win Super Bowl LIV)

John Crichton (@JC215Live) is the co-host of a 2-hour weekly show called 215 Live. You can download it wherever podcasts can be found. He can be found on Instagram at @jc215live. You can also follow his show Twitter (@_215live) and Instagram (@215.live).

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