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Everyone wrote off Sam Bradford last season but he actually came on over the second half of the season when he completed 151 of 222 passes for 1664 yards with 9 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions. That is a pretty good effort but yet again he will be going threw a scheme change with new coaches brought in. Obviously to make matters worse the Eagles drafted their quarterback of the future in Carson Wentz with the 2nd pick of the draft. Bradford is understandable steamed as one negative thing after another plagues him in the NFL and he demanded a trade. If no trade persents itself though the best thing Bradford can do is give this everything is has, make it difficult to turn to the rookie and elevate his own worth. With a great camp, the Eagles are Bradford's to start in my opinion if he can turn around his negative attitude about the draft pick.
Carson Wentz played for North Dakota State and dominated that level of competition. He is big, athletic, talented, intelligence and certainly has a place at the table in the NFL although whether as a star quarterback or a serviceable one is still to be determined. Wentz has a swagger about him that could be inspiration when in the huddle. It is a huge jump from North Dakota State to the NFL but he has the confidence and ability to get it done. Best case scenario for him would be to learn under Bradford for a year but that depends on Bradford and his trade demands.
The Eagles gave up on their free agent prize of only one season ago this off-season, unloading DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans. Murray had a hugely disappointing season in Philadelphia, rushing for only 702 yards and a miserable 3.6 yards per carry. However with his departure there is a hole at the running back position that very well may be filled in the draft (Ezekiel Elliot perhaps). That said,
Ryan Matthews is a former 12th overall pick from Fresno State who did pretty well last year in part time duty with the Eagles. He 107 carries for 539 yards and scored 7 touchdowns. He has struggled with injury over past two years but he has the size and ability to be a 250-carry running back if those injuries are avoided. Matthews biggest issue has an NFL running back has been questionable durability. He has played in only 60 of his 80 possible games as he has missed games in every season but 2013.
He has enjoyed two 1000-yard rushing seasons and has 24 career touchdowns and is a capable NFL player when healthy. He has good size and enough shiftiness to make defenders miss.
The diminutive Sproles has had himself a wonderful NFL career with 7026 total yards and 48 offensive touchdowns. He is going to be the 3rd down specialist / punt returner for the Eagles and will have 80+ touches and 5+ touchdowns. He is a wonderful receiver and has 376 receptions in his last six NFL seasons. He is 33-years old this season but he is reasonably fresh, never having carried the ball more than 97 times in a season.
Kenjon Barner is a quick, elusive back who has done alright in minimal work as a pro. He rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries last year.
Riley Cooper was released in the offseason which wasn't surprised as he was owed a large sum of money and did little to earn it last season. The star of this group is clearly Jordan Matthews in the 2nd round last season and the 6'3, 212 pound player from Vanderbilt immediately stepped in and performed at a high level throughout his first two seasons. Last year he caught 85 passes for 997 yards and caught 8 touchdowns despite the passing game struggles that plagued the Eagles throughout the year. He has good speed, quickness as well as body control in traffic and he should finish with 1100+ yards and 9+ touchdowns in his 3rd season.
The Eagles made a terrific (and cheap) free agent signing this year, plucking Rueben Randle away from the New York Giants. Randle caught 57 passes for 797 yards last year and scored 8 touchdowns. The 25-year old, former LSU standout has caught 169 passes in the last two years and should emerge as the WR2 for the Eagles.
Nelson Agholor is a quick, talented receiver with good route running ability. He struggled to contribute as a rookie last season, catching only 23 passes but he did get better as the season wore on. He has strong hands and can catch the ball in traffic. He is not blessed with elite speed and starts though and appears best served to be a WR2 at the NFL level. He will be in a real battle with Randle for playing time in 2016.
Huff began to come into his own in his second season last year. He caught 27 passes for 312 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. He has good size and excellent quickness and looks like a running back in space once he gets the ball. There are four capable options here at receiver though so watch the battles closely.
Zach Ertz continues to improve at the NFL level. Last year he caught 75 passes for 853 yards including an amazing 30 receptions for 352 yards over the final three weeks of the season. This former 2nd round pick from Stanford has the size, quickness and hands and the athleticism to be a top target in this offense and a top fantasy tight end.
Brent Celek is entering his tenth season and he is a good mentor plus second option to Zach Ertz. Celek has 371 career receptions and 30 touchdowns and still has the ability to get it done on the field. 27 passes for 398 yards and 3 scores last year and should do so again in 2016.
Projected Starters: LT Jason Peters, LG Isaac Seumalo (rookie), C Jason Kelce, RG Brandon Brooks, RT Lane Johnson
Key Backups: Allen Barbre, Halapoulivaati Vaitai (rookie), Dennis Kelly, Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner, Stefen Wisniewski
At 34-years old, left tackle Jason Peters is heading towards the end of his career. However he still had a strong season last year and should have another couple of seasons left in him. He is a strong left tackle. Brandon Brooks was brought over via free agency from the Houston Texans and is a big upgrade at guard. Jason Kelce does good work from his center position and is a good run blocking lineman. Lane Johnson is a 4th overall pick from the 2013 NFL Draft who has started 44 games. He is one of the best right tackles in the game and will slide over to left tackle when age catches Peters. The only battle is at left guard where rookie Isaac Seumalo will battle many players for the right to start. If the left guard situation settles nicely and Peters age doesn't come a concern, this group has top-five potential.
Cody Parkey, Caleb Sturgis:
Parkey was lights out as a rookie in 2014, hitting on 32 of 36 field goals. However he suffered serious groin injury week three last year and Caleb Sturgis did a good job in relief.