Are the Eagles a Playoff Team?
With the voluntary organized team activities in the rear view and the mandatory OTA's starting on Tuesday, ProFootballFocus.com, listed the Eagles as the 11th best team....in the NFC and the worst team in the NFC East in their initial NFC projections of 2016 with an expected record of 6-10.
Here is what the football based website had to say about Doug Pederson's team.
For every great player the Eagles have on the team, they also have a questionable starter. The NFL is becoming more and more of a passing game, yet there is a lot of uncertainty as to who will start at cornerback in Philly, and how the snaps will be distributed at wide receiver behind Jordan Matthews. Matthews is the only player with more than 800 yards in the slot each of the last two seasons, and in 2016, he will likely get more opportunities on the outside. If everything goes right for the team, they have the talent to make a playoff run; if everything goes wrong and the off-field distractions impact their play, they could end up giving Cleveland a very high draft pick next year.
Depth seems to be the biggest issue here, followed by the lack of talent in the secondary and at wide receiver with the NFL moving to more of a passing league.
The addition of Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks at corner were good, not great additions at the cornerback spot. Adding Ruben Randle was not viewed as big enough upgrade - I think most would agree.
Along with those players, the team also brought in safety Rodney McLeod from the St. Louis, and retained key free agents on the defensive side of the ball to play in their new 4-3 defense led by new coordinator Jim Schwartz.
The Cardinals won seven regular season games last season and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row after winning 20 games the previous two seasons.