With a tough 2018-19 season underway the Philadelphia Eagles have a challenge ahead of them as they look to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The road to the Super Bowl can be a challenging one as anything could happen, but this Eagles team has the pieces to make another run.
With the help of these three key additions, Philly is ready to fly.
1. Sidney Jones, CB
Jones was drafted with the 43rd pick in the 2nd round in the 2017 draft. He’s on this list because he missed a majority of his rookie season with an injury, so the jury is still out on him. During his time at Washington, Jones racked up 146 tackles, nine interceptions, and a touchdown in three years, drawing comparisons to Marcus Peters.
With his 4.4 speed and 6’0” frame, Jones should be able to jump right into the Eagles defense. He has the potential to develop into a shutdown corner in this league with his ability to play man and zone, technique, and never panicking downfield in coverage.
Fresh off the injury, the former Husky is ready for a big season, competing for a vacant starting nickel position after the departure of Patrick Robinson. This position won’t be given easily as he will have to battle fellow skilled teammate Avonte Maddox and others for the spot.
2. Dallas Goedert, TE
Dallas Goedert was selected with the 49th overall pick in the latest draft. While he attended South Dakota State, he averaged 15.2 yards each reception. Goedert also ended his college career with 2,988 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns.
A receiving tight end is a quarterback’s best friend in the modern NFL. Goedert has great size coming in at 6’5” 260 pounds, great athleticism, and fantastic big-catch ability. He was a force to be reckoned with in the FCS, becoming a defensive coordinator’s worst nightmare.
Early on in the pre-season, Goedert has already shown flashes of potential. He has been Nate Sudfeld’s favorite target with seven receptions, 123 yards, and a touchdown.
The Eagles expect Goedert to create matchup problems for defenses this year when combined with teammate Zach Ertz. With former “Philly Special” tight end Trey Burton off to Chicago, the sky’s the limit for Goedert.
3. Michael Bennett, DE
Michael Bennett was acquired in a trade this offseason with the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles sent a 5th round draft pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson to Seattle for Bennett and a 7th rounder.
In 2017, Bennett finished with 8.5 sacks and led the Seahawks defense in tackles for loss with 14. Bennett also led the team in quarterback hits with 24.
The three-time Pro Bowler can be a problem for offensive lines no matter where he lines up. This season he is going to be teamed up with a deep defensive line in players like Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Timmy Jernigan, and Chris Long.
With Jernigan out of the line-up for 4-6 months with a herniated disk, the Eagles have moved Bennett to the inside and should expect big production from him.
Overall, Philly has acquired some great key players this year thanks to Howie Roseman and the front office. This year’s team has a great chance to make another Super Bowl and silence all the critics regarding last season being a fluke. As long as the whole team is producing at a high level, they shouldn’t experience the dreaded Super Bowl hangover.