Free Agency Preview: Eagles Feel the Need for Speed

Neil Dutton reviews the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 season, outlines players the team could lose to free agency and offers his thoughts on potential reinforcements the team would like to sign.


A year after a 13-3 regular season record, not to mention a victory in the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t have it all their own way in 2018. Thanks in no small part to a three-game winning streak to close out the year, they finished with a 9-7 mark. This was good enough for a second-place finish in the NFC East, and a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. They eventually lost in New Orleans to the Saints, after a stunning victory over the Chicago Bears in the WC round. The Eagles scored 367 points in the regular season, only the 18th most in the NFL. They only surrendered 348 however, good for 12th. The Eagles amassed 4,275 yards through the air, with 29 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions. They finished 10th in net yards per attempt at 6.7 and completed 70.5 percent of their passes (422/599). Carson Wentz led the Eagles with 3,074 of the yards, as well as 21 of the touchdown passes. This marked his second consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Only Randall Cunningham has more such seasons for the Eagles, managing it in three straight years between 1988-1990. Wentz missed the first two games of the season, as well as the last three, due to injury, and rarely looked like the same player who was an MVP front runner before his 2017 injury. Wentz’s full-season projections would have seen him eclipse his 2017 numbers, but it is noteworthy that Wentz was more efficient in 2017 than he was last season.

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