By Peter Gleason
As the Chiefs and Niners prepare for tomorrow night’s Super Bowl, it is worth thinking about the Eagles as they start the off-season:
There are some glaring holes in their roster.
The wide receiver position was a frequent struggle as chemistry and health questions completely derailed No. 1 option Alshon Jeffery’s season.
He will be 30 next year, and things seem to be trending downward, as he recorded his lowest yardage output in 2019 since his rookie year. Nelson Agholor regressed mightily, not even compiling half as many yards in 2019 as he did in 2017 or 2018, and is set to become a free agent. DeSean Jackson is perhaps the receiver with the most optimistic outlook, though he battled with injuries all season and is now 33 years old. Greg Ward was a terrific find and will serve as an energetic option.
A stat that wraps up the wide receiver situation as a whole shows that Carson Wentz, who threw for over 4,000 yards, got the most yardage out of Zach Ertz (916 yards), Dallas Goedert (607 yards), and Miles Sanders (509 yards), none of whom are receivers.
However, it seems as though the draft will act as a nice reservoir of receivers from which the Eagles can find their next star. Wide receivers were the focal point of the Senior Bowl for the Eagles, but there’s more intriguing talent than was present at that game. First round targets like Henry Ruggs and Tee Higgins, should they fall to 21, will be enticing options and will likely be lauded by the fan base.
So, in free agency, the Birds can focus on revamping a secondary that was vulnerable to big plays and often struggled making open-field tackles. There are already links to the Eagles and free agent CBs Byron Jones and Chris Harris Jr. Another intriguing name is free agent Anthony Harris, who rose from an undrafted free agent into an elite safety, leading the NFL in interceptions in 2019. With Malcolm Jenkins seeking to restructure his contract and Rodney McLeod entering free agency, Harris could be the perfect acquisition.