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Training camp has officially started. leaving two weeks until the first preseason game. Let’s take a look at a few candidates the Eagles have that should be having some breakout seasons.

 

Kenneth Gainwell


Gainwell seems to be getting willed into success this season, one can only hope. The former rookie racked up 291 Rushing Yards and 253 Receiving Yards, while being in a RB3/4 role between Sanders, Scott and Howard. With the loss of Howard this offseason, that immediately elevates Gainwell’s position on the depth chart.

 

Good news strikes even further on the Gainwell front today as well. With the Sophomore taking RB1 reps on what has been reported to be a less optimal day of training camp.

As much as I’d like to see Sanders perform well and have a healthy contract season. If Gainwell improves into an RB1/2 position, the Eagles might not have reason to sign Sanders to a big pay day before the end of the year.



Nakobe Dean

There’s been a bunch of hype behind the Eagles 3rd round draft steal. With medical issues being a concern that saw what might’ve been a first round pick fall down to 83rd in the draft. The medical doubts have been set aside, and it’ll be Dean’s time to shine in just a few weeks. With the Eagles finally giving the Linebacker position the respect it reserves, Nakobe Dean will be around a great supporting cast behind the Defensive Line. Not only will Kyzir White and Haason Reddick help boast the Linebacker position. But the Eagles also managed to draft another Georgia Bulldog: Jordan Davis. With the synergy and familiarity between the 2 former Bulldogs, the Defensive Unit should be a different machine for the Birds than it was in 2021.



Quez Watkins

 

Quez was a suitable WR2/3 last year. (depends how you want to look at Jalen Reagor’s 2021 season.) With 647 receiving yards in what became a run heavy offence. Things might look better for Quez in the upcoming season. Wit the addition of A.J. Brown during the draft, the Eagles receiving core is getting a lot scarier.

The 1x Pro Bowler in A.J. Brown has averaged just under 1000 yards during his three seasons with the Titans. Alongside DeVonta Smith’s 916 yards in his rookie season, things are just getting started. With the Eagles having not one, but two WR1 in the room, there’s now two massive threats to opponents Cornerbacks. With Brown and Smith hopefully taking on the CB1 and CB2, this will leave Quez much easier matchups which could see him getting a lot of targets, especially against teams with weaker secondary’s. Finally the tables have turned on the Eagles not being the secondary picked apart by loaded receiving teams.

 

 

There’s only 14 days until preseason starts. 

Time to get excited Eagles fans.

Go Birds.

 

 

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