EAGLES JUST STARTED OTA’S — HERE’S THE PROJECTED STARTING 22!

By Max Harper

Here’s how NFL.com assesses the Eagles on May 21:

Another offseason, another mostly airtight Eagles roster on paper. The defense, of course, did not look so airtight on the field last season.

Signing Saquon Barkley was a beautiful way to add more explosiveness to the offense without taking targets away from A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert, who are tough to maximize at the same time.

The Eagles are going cheap again at the third receiver spot and will hope for the best. Parris Campbell has some experience with coach Nick Sirianni from their time together with the Colts.

GM Howie Roseman readied for Jason Kelce’s retirement and the offensive line turnover. Now it’s on Cam Jurgens, Tyler Steen and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland to make him look smart. I am curious to see how far away the Eagles get from the offense that grew stale late last season.

Eagles offensive line questions are different compared with those facing other teams, though. Even if two spots have new starters, they should feel amazing about both tackles and left guard Landon Dickerson.

Philadelphia struggled to rush the passer last season and then traded their best pass rusher, Haason Reddick. Bryce Huff is a similar, younger version of Reddick. The Eagles need more out of Josh Sweat, and they must hope to get something out of 2023 first-rounder Nolan Smith after a developmental season. Brandon Graham also returns for what he says will be his final season.

The edge rushers will be better if the interior guys dominate. Perhaps the biggest jump the Eagles can make would be from Jalen Carter turning into an All-Pro, with Jordan Davis becoming a quality starter next to him. Carter is the better bet, but nose tackles often take a few years to improve.

Linebacker remains a huge concern. Nakobe Dean has struggled to stay on the field and make a difference.

OFFENSE PLAYER DEFENSE PLAYER
QB Jalen Hurts Edge Bryce Huff
RB Saquon Barkley DT Jalen Carter
WR A.J. Brown DT Jordan Davis
WR DeVonta Smith Edge Josh Sweat
WR Parris Campbell LB Devin White
TE Dallas Goedert LB Nakobe Dean
LT Jordan Mailata CB Darius Slay
LG Landon Dickerson CB Quinyon Mitchell
C Cam Jurgens CB Cooper DeJean
RG Tyler Steen S C.J. Gardner-Johnson
RT Lane Johnson S Reed Blankenship

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