PFF: Eagles’ 2022 Off-Season Get a ‘A-’ Grade
The Philadelphia Eagles off-season has a lot of people talking, and could potentially help the team make another playoff appearance this season, which would be their fifth in six seasons.
This offseason has seen the team settle in on Jalen Hurts as their starting quarterback, bypassing the possibility of trading for a veteran or adding on in the draft this offseason. They also added explosive wide receiver A.J. Brown, and pass rushing specialist, Haason Reddick, after a less than stellar wide receiver play and lack of pass rush in 2021.
In the draft, they added a pair of key defensive additions, Jordan Davis in Round 1 and Nakobe Dean in Round 3, both could have big roles on the Eagles defense.
Overall, this has probably been the most eventful off-season for Howie Roseman wince the 2017 season, which ended in a Super Bowl.
When looking at the job Roseman has done this off-season so far, Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus (PFF) has given the Eagles a “A-” grade overall, saying the team has had an outstanding offseason.
Monson says the Eagles free agent additions were “average” while their draft class got an “A.”
The Eagles have had an outstanding offseason, and few moves are likely to make a bigger impact than acquiring A.J. Brown via trade on draft day. The only question is where that move factors in — whether you count it as part of the team’s draft or not — but Brown gives the team a legitimate No. 1 receiver, which was still a question mark otherwise. Brown has been an elite receiver overall since entering the league but has also excelled in the areas that are still up for debate with DeVonta Smith, such as dominance against press coverage. Smith now gets to develop as a No. 2 receiver with less dedicated attention from defenses, and the Eagles now have a formidable receiving corps to go along with an excellent offensive line.
The team also secured major upgrades to their defense with Jordan Davis in the first round and then Nakobe Dean in the third, who were both stars on the best defense in college football. Dean seemingly slipped in the draft due to concerns with his medical profile that the Eagles apparently do not share, and he could easily become the steal of the draft almost immediately.
Signing Haason Reddick is the biggest free agency move the team made, but it's not insignificant. Reddick is an impressive speed rusher who will be part of a continued overhaul of their defensive line that continued with the Davis pick in Round 1.
Overall, the addition of Brown, Reddick were major moves, plus the drafting of Davis and Dean gives the team potentially four new starters at the start of the season.
If Brown becomes that legit No. 1 wide receiver that the team has lacked and Reddick posts double-digit sacks and gives the team that game changing pass rusher, this offseason will be a huge success.
There is a chance that Roseman could continue to add to the roster over the summer, with corner and safety two areas to keep an eye on.
Regardless of what the Eagles do the rest of the offseason, it appears they are moving in the right direction.