Coach: Doug Pederson
OC: Mike Groh
QB: Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Clayton Thorson, Cody Kessler
RBs: Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey, Josh Adams, Boston Scott
WRs: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega Whiteside, Shelton Gibson, Braxton Miller, Mack Hollins, Carlton Agudosi, Greg Ward Jr, Marken Michel, Charles Johnson, Devin Ross, DeAndre Thompkins
TEs: Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Josh Perkins, Will Tye
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 1, Pick 22 – OT – Andre Dillard – Washington State
Round 2, Pick 52 – RB – Miles Sanders – Penn State
Round 2, Pick 57 – WR – JJ Arcega Whiteside – Stanford
Round 5, Pick 167 – Clayton Thorson – Northwestern
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WR – DeAndre Thompkins – Penn State
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
RB – Jordan Howard
WR – DeSean Jackson
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/24, Veterans 7/24
Head coach Doug Pederson is entering his fourth year with the Eagles. His offensive coordinator Mike Groh is in his second year as coordinator, but it’s his third with the team. We shouldn’t expect many changes in terms of play calling and personnel. They ranked 14th in total offense and finished 7th in passing yards. They finished 28th in total rushing, easily their biggest weakness from the 2018 season. They have one of the best offensive lines in the league and were able to add weapons to their receiver and running back groups.
Carson Wentz received a four year extension worth up to $128 million. Wentz has no questions with his game on the field. It’s his ability to stay healthy that raises concern. He tore his ACL in 2017 and then broke vertebrae in his back last season. He has missed 8 total games over the past two seasons, not including playoffs. Wentz was on pace to finish as a QB1 last season before his injury. He’s being drafted around the QB10 range and possess top 5 upside. I’m all for targeting Wentz in the middle rounds of your draft. With Nick Foles now in Jacksonville, Nate Sudfeld will be the main backup. Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson will compete for the reserve spot.
The Eagles acquired Jordan Howard from Chicago this off-season. They then spent a second round pick on rookie Miles Sanders out of Penn State. They did not give up too much capital in order to get Howard, so many drafters are excited about the 2nd round pick spent on Sanders. He’ll be one of the biggest names to monitor this training camp. He missed all of OTAs and minicamps with a hamstring injury. It’s not believe to be serious, but definitely something to keep an eye on. Howard is a fine runner and might be able to hold onto his starting duties this season, but if Sanders gets on the field and starts impressing, the team will likely roll with the rookie. Howard has an ADP around RB34 and Sanders RB38. We know what we’re getting with Howard, so I’m more inclined to spend the 7th/8th round pick on him for now. Pederson is known to use multiple backs in the past, so overall, I’m not too sure I’m excited about any Eagles back at the moment. They still have Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams. Continue to monitor training camp reports to see who’s sticking out amongst this group.
Alshon Jeffery is entering his third season with the team and remains atop the depth chart. The Eagles traded for DeSean Jackson and are excited for his vertical element he brings to the offense. Nelson Agholor will be the third receiver and get the majority of the slot work. Jeffery’s ADP is around WR29. Jackson’s is around WR46, and Agholor around WR75. Jeffery finished as WR26 last year and presents the best value among the group. He missed three games in 2018 and has WR2 upside. I’m excited to get DeSean Jackson in best ball leagues, not so much for redraft. He has been generating lots of positive buzz this off-season, gelling with Carson Wentz. If the price is right, I’ll snag DJax at the end of my drafts for this year. The Eagles also drafted an exciting young receiver in the second round after Miles Sanders. JJ Arcega-Whiteside excelled at Stanford as a jump ball receiver and red-zone threat. If the team moves on from Jeffery next year, we’ll definitely be interested in JJAW for redraft leagues next year. The 5th receiving spot will be up for grabs between Shelton Gibson, Braxton Miller and Mack Hollins. Guys trying to make the team include Carlton Agudosi, Greg Ward Jr, Marken Michel, Charles Johnson, Devin Ross and DeAndre Thompkins.
Zach Ertz is coming off of a career year, breaking the record for receptions in a season for tight ends with 116. This number is almost guaranteed to come down. He’ll have good odds at breaking 1,000 receiving yards and match his 2018 touchdown total of 8. He’s currently the second or third tight end of the board, going as early as the late second round. I’m not so sure I’m buying Ertz at ADP this year. Second year tight end Dallas Goedert is being labeled as the second starting tight end and should begin to take away targets and touchdowns from Ertz, especially in the red-zone. Teams will have to account for Jeffery, DJax and Ertz, leaving Goedert with the most favorable matchups. Wentz will likely spread the ball around more this season, so I’m fading Ertz at ADP and actually targeting Goedert as my TE2 in the double digit rounds. Monitor this duo in training camp to see if the Goedert buzz continues to grow. After these two, Richard Rodgers, Josh Perkins and Will Tye will compete for the main backup duties.
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