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May 23, 2014
With Summer Camps quickly approaching, the Philadelphia Eagles have been very active during this past off-season. Although they were criticized for their draft picks, Chip Kelly has worked very hard to try and build his team around the completely new style he started implementing last season. Disappointed by the fact that their top choice HaHa Clinton Dicks was chosen two spots before the Eagles pick, the fans were even more disappointed by their choice to draft Marcus Smith in the first round, who most saw as a second or third round pick.
On the defensive side, Smith will provide another decent pass rusher to take focus away from others, including Trent Cole. But the versatility for Smith to be able to drop back and provide decent pass coverage will allow the Eagles to be more flexible with their defensive schemes. The addition of Malcolm Jenkins from the New Orleans Saints should help to significantly improve the Eagles’ secondary. The fast, hard-hitting Jenkins will allow more freedom to the cornerbacks, allowing them to be more comfortable with sticking the wide-outs close without worrying if there is someone behind them to back them up.
The Eagles’ offense last season surprised everyone, especially when Nick Foles took over the starting job. But during the off-season, the Eagles made a risky decision by releasing wide receiver Desean Jackson. Some may seen him as kind of a “cancer” for the team, but his on field performance is very tough to replace, especially his down field speed. The Eagles did resign both Riley Cooper, who had a stellar year last year, and Jeremy Maclin, whom they hope both will step up and be able to fill the shoes of Jackson. The Eagles also picked up running back Darren Sproles, who should be a great fit into Chip’s styled offense.
The Eagles also picked up cornerback Nolan Carroll, safety Chris Maragos and linebacker Bryan Braman, who will be great assets to the Special Teams. Overall, as we head into Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach, he is really starting to build his team into the kind that fits perfectly with his newly implemented offensive and defensive strategies.
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