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A Look at the Eagles Offense

A Look at the Eagles Offense
As the Eagles begin training camp, the No. 1 question will be the status of Carson Wentz. Until suffering his season-ending torn ACL, Wentz was going to be the likely NFL MVP.
In 13 games, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, while completing 60.2 percent of his passes.
There is absolutely no need to rush Wentz, who is so competitive that he would like to be ready for the opener against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Sept. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles have arguably the best quarterback situation in the NFL. When the reigning Super Bowl MVP (Nick Foles) is your backup quarterback, that’s an awfully comfortable situation.
The Eagles have suggested in the past that third stringer Nate Sudfeld has the ability to be at the least, a solid NFL backup.
One of the keys will be status of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who played last season with a torn rotator cuff and had surgery shortly after the Super Bowl. Jeffery, who caught three passes for 73 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl, played heroically all season with the injury.
Nelson Agholor (62 receptions, 762 yards, 8 TDs) was among the most improved players in the NFL while playing the slot. Receiver Torrey Smith and tight end Trey Burton are with Carolina and Chicago respectively and they will be missed.
The addition of free agent Mike Wallace from Baltimore, replaces the speed that Smith gave them. Zach Ertz (74 receptions, 824 yards, 8 TDs) is developing into one of the NFL’s better tight ends. In addition, second round pick Dallas Goedert was impressive in the OTAs and mini-camp and could be another factor.
With LeGarrette Blount now in Detroit, Jay Ajayi will be the lead running back. Blount’s loss shouldn’t be minimized. He got tough yards and rushed for 90 yards and a 21-yard touchdown on 14 carries in the Super Bowl.
Ajayi is an impressive back, who has some durability concerns. Glassboro graduate Corey Clement had a strong rookie year, capped by an outstanding Super Bowl in which he had four receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown.
The Eagles also will get Darren Sproles back after he suffered a season-ending broken arm and torn ACL. If healthy, he will be a factor as a third down back and a punt returner.
The Eagles have plenty of options and also one of, if not the best offensive lines in the NFL. Center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson were first-team all-pro choices.
Their best lineman, Jason Peters, saw his season cut short with a torn MCL and ACL Oct 23 in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins. Halapoulivaati Vaitai, now in his third year, filled admirably.
The Eagles had a strong guard tandem in Stefen Wisniewski and Brandon Brooks is one of the best in the league.

 

In short, barring injuries, one of the top offenses from a year ago, could be even better this year.

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