IT’S MARCH 20, AND HERE’S WHAT EAGLES LOOK LIKE!

By Peter Gleason

In case you have been living in a cave in Russia, you might have missed the Eagles’ action during the first week of NFL free agency.

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles will have a new look defense in 2018 after the loss of two members of their defensive front in Vinny Curry and Beau Allen and cornerback Patrick Robinson.

The re-signing of Nigel Bradham (above) brings back one of the league’s best coverage linebackers in a 4-3 alignment as the veteran allowed a reception every 14.3 snaps he spent in coverage, a league-best among 4-3 OLBs.

Replacing Robinson should head to the top of the offseason wish list in Philly as slot defenders have become increasingly important and Robinson’s play from an inside alignment was a revelation in 2017.

The offense remains relatively intact with the hopeful return of Carson Wentz and Jason Peters at left tackle come opening day. Adding a playmaker to the mix or added offensive line depth can be achieved in this deep draft class at both positions, and something we’ll likely see in April.

Players added

LB Nigel Bradham (80.6), LB Corey Nelson (n/a), DI Haloti Ngata (n/a), Edge Michael Bennett (trade – 80.6)

Players lost

Edge Vinny Curry (84.8), DI Beau Allen (74.5), CB Patrick Robinson (89.8), TE Trey Burton (75.6), RB LeGarrette Blount (69.9), K Caleb Sturgis (n/a)

Biggest draft needs

Slot cornerback, offensive tackle

 

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