With preseason football swiftly approaching, the Eagles are preparing to defend their title this season. Training camp has always been a time to get the mindset changed for the new season, and the Philadelphia Eagles have done just that. They have changed their trademark from the “Underdogs” of last season to a new slogan, “Embrace the Target”. With a few new pieces, they have been experimenting a lot this training camp. A few big names have yet to hit full stride, and many are fighting for their spot on the roster.
The 2017-18 season is in the past, and the new focus is defending their Super Bowl title. The team is getting prepared for the tough schedule that lies in front of them. With a few open spots left, some players find themselves fighting for a spot.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 7, 2018
The running back position is one that is heavily stacked. As of right now, the Eagles have seven running backs that they will mow down to four by week one. Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, and Darren Sproles are all expected to be on the opening night roster. That leaves Matt Jones, Josh Adams, Donnel Pumphrey, and Wendell Smallwood fighting for one open slot. Adams, an undrafted pickup, has been mostly sidelined due to a foot injury, and offensive coordinator Mike Groh didn’t want to make a comment about Adams due to his little playing time. It all depends on who performs better in the upcoming preseason games.
A few players found themselves on the PUP list at the start of camp. Brandon Graham, Alshon Jeffrey, Chris Maragos, Bryce Treggs and Timmy Jernigan all sustained injuries last season, which ultimately led to their placement on the PUP list. The good news for Eagles fans, Carson Wentz, Jordan Hicks, Darren Sproles and Jason Peters, have not been placed on that list. Speaking of Carson Wentz, his knee has looked better as he is fully playing on it. After a few days of 11-on-11, Doug Pederson decided to pull him out due to a high risk of an injury. Pederson later stressed that Carson was fine and that the team wanted to take things slow.
As the Eagles enter their first preseason game, many fans want to see rookie TE, Dallas Goedert. Goedert was drafted with the Eagles first pick, and he has been putting a lot of great work in training camp. However, many fans are just happy to see their Eagles playing again.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 8, 2018
Looking ahead, the Eagles have four preseason games:
August 9 vs. Steelers- 7 pm
August 16 @ Patriots- 7:30 pm
August 23 @ Browns- 8 pm
August 30 vs. Jets- 7 pm
Looking even further ahead into the season the Eagles have a bunch of great games. They kick off the 2018 season against the Atlanta Falcons at home. They also have the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Jaguars, and Panthers on their schedule this year. With one of the harder schedules in the league, the Birds will have to bring it every week if they want to repeat.
While the schedule is pretty difficult, the team added some great players to help them get back to the promise land. Michael Bennent and Haloti Ngata were two of the biggest additions to the roster. They did lose some players to free agency but expect their roles to be filled.
The team is looking pretty solid and hopes to make a run back at the Super Bowl. The entire team is focused on winning it again, and they will have to give everything they have to do it.
Based on last season, and the additions they made, I believe the Eagles will go 13-3 this season. They have great additions and kept key players. They have a great core group of guys that can play well together. Their offensive and defensive lines are at the top of the league, and special teams is always a strong suit. Running backs and wide receivers are very good on this team and their depth at every position is great. Their linebackers should be good this year, and their secondary is very underrated. Losing out on a few games is not a huge deal, and they will make a deep post season run.