The Philadelphia Eagles have quite possibly had the best offseason of any team in the NFL so far. Howie had himself quite the draft as he drafted 2 national champions in Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis. Dean is a player that will make an immediate impact to the Eagles linebacker core. Davis will add even more depth to their already stacked defensive line.
Also on draft night, the Eagles traded for their biggest addition yet in A.J. Brown. Brown has been phenomenal for the Titans and is widely viewed as a top-10 wide receiver in the league. The pairing next to Devonta Smith will be a scary sight for opposing defenses in 2022.
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Along with Brown, the Eagles also signed receiver Zach Pascal. The WR3 position will be up for grabs between Pascal and Quez Watkins, but both would be solid at that position. It’s been a while since the Eagles have had this complete of a receiver core.
The Eagles also signed four other defensive players that could have a huge impact on the team this year. The most notable player being Haason Reddick. Reddick is a former Temple Owl, making his signing with the Eagles a sort of “homecoming”. You could argue that James Bradberry is more notable, but either way they are both great signings. Bradberry paired along with Darius Slay will make for a top CB duo in the NFL. Howie also signed former Chargers linebacker Kyzir White and former 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt. White is a very solid linebacker and could greatly improve our linebacker position along with Dean. Tartt isn’t a superstar safety by any means, but this signing shouldn’t go overlooked. Tartt was a starter for the 49ers who are known for their defense. He could very well be the Eagles best safety this season. This move, again, added talent to a very lackluster position.
With all of these moves, the Eagles are bound to benefit from their offseason. However, the question is, who benefits the most? The obvious answer and the one that most people would think of is Jalen Hurts. He now has a true WR1 with a very talented WR2 – that could lead the team in receiving yards – to throw to. Pairing them along with star tight end Dalls Goedert will give him more than enough options to succeed. As if that wasn’t enough, the Eagles also have a top-5 offensive line in all of football. You may be confused as to why Hurts isn’t the correct answer to this question. The main reason is because of the added pressure that he’ll be under this season. As if this year wasn’t important enough, Hurts now has ZERO excuses to fail. The other reason is that the other answer is simply better.
Your next answer for this question may be Devonta Smith or even Dallas Goedert. Smith will be put at the WR2 slot with Brown in the lineup, meaning that he will be lining up against CB2’s across the league. Last season, Devonta Smith had nearly 1,000 receiving yards lining up against the CB1’s of the NFL. After an offseason of work and more experience, Smith should absolutely dominate against opposing defenses. Goedert is also a “receiver” that has gone overlooked. The main focuses on the Eagles offsense will be Brown and Smith. That could leave Goedert to go unnoticed at times and take advantage of defenses that may not be prepared for him.
The actual answer to this question may disappoint you as it is extremely obvious. Although, as obvious as it is, not many people seem to be talking about it. The person that will benefit the most from these moves is none other than HC Nick Sirianni. A lot of people are still unsure about Sirianni as a coach but he’ll now have a very complete team to work with. It ensure’s Lurie’s trust in him to coach a team with this level of talent, and continue to develop Hurts as a passer. This extra talent also takes some pressure off of him to make the right calls or decisions every play. He made the right adjustments last season and if he can do the same he’ll be in the talks of the best coaches next year.