ESPN.com: Eagles Have Top-Five Roster In The NFL
The Philadelphia Eagles have finished up their OTAs and have been busy this offseason. The organization has gotten a makeover from the top down and new general manager Howie Roseman has quickly tried to formulate a new identity for the team, which had Chip Kelly's finger prints all over it.
ESPN.com seems to think Roseman has done a very good job at accomplishing that.
With players like Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Peters, writer Sam Monson thinks the Eagles have the fifth-best roster in the NFL today.
The Eagles imploded around Chip Kelly, but the roster still has a lot of good players, and more may see the field after the organization's offseason of personnel moves designed to move away from Kelly's way of doing things as fast as possible. Cox has been a monster and could improve with a transition to a four-man line, in which he will no longer have two-gap responsibilities, allowing him to simply attack gaps and wreak havoc in the backfield. Graham and Vinny Curry are both able edge rushers, and Bennie Logan should be a fine nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme, giving the Eagles a formidable front. On paper, Jenkins and Rodney McLeod look to be one of the league's best safety tandems, and if Eric Rowe can take a step forward, this defense looks very impressive.
Monson also seems to like the offensive pieces, listing Bradford as a top five player on the roster, but also acknowledging there is a quarterback competition, which brings out the best in everyone typically.
There are still a lot of pieces in place on offense. The line has talent, but it has been inconsistent. Skill position players Zach Ertz, Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews provide dangerous weapons from their roles. Second-year receiver Agholor needs to be much better in 2016. Plus, there's the quarterback competition, which will be the headline grabber, but Bradford played pretty well in 2015.
Here’s who Monson sees as the Eagles’ top tier players — DE Fletcher Cox, OT Jason Peters, S Malcolm Jenkins, DE Brandon Graham, QB Sam Bradford
Here's who Monson thinks should be upgraded — LB Nigel Bradham, OG Allen Barbre, WR Nelson Agholor, LB Jordan Hicks, CB Nolan Carroll
The Eagles are the highest ranked team in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys ranked next at No. 12, while the Washington Redskins came in at No. 21 and the New York Giants last at 25th.
Sounds like at least someone has some high expectations for the Eagles - do you?