During the 2016 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles were one of the most confusing teams in the league. They started the season very hot by winning their first three games, but then went on a big skid and won only two of their next 11 games. Ultimately, they ended up finishing with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, which was good for last place in the tough NFC East Division.
While the Eagles had some struggles last year, there was some promise as well. The Eagles were led all year by quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz, who was drafted number two overall in the prior draft and was considered a top rookie last year, showed that he has the skill set to compete at the NFL level. However, there were a lot of times in the prior season in which he did not appear to have the weapons he needed to dominate on the field. However, this offseason the team added a few weapons that look like they could truly open the field for the Eagles (http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Practice-Notes-Alshon-Jeffery-Torrey-Smith-Dominate-Fridays-Practice/80519889-f38e-4ddd-ac37-54ba2f2eb25f).
The Eagles ended up signing Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith to short-term and affordable contracts. Each of these players are big wide receivers that have the ability to get open and make big plays. Each have had seasons in which they have put up numbers big enough to play in the Pro Bowl. While the season is not starting for another month, it already looks like they will have the ability to make a big impact on the field.
During the first few days of training camp, the eagles have already been showcasing their new receiving core. Both players have showed that they have the ability to make easy catches when they have one on one coverage. This will pose a lot of challenges for defenses that will have to either single cover one of the two or look to abandon the run. This could then be used to help the Eagles’ running backs get great looks and advance the ball.