Football is back!
The Philadelphia Eagles play their first preseason game Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia has been one of the busiest teams this offseason with two of their biggest trade moves. Wide receiver AJ Brown was acquired from the Titans in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Eagles took another plunge by trading in the first round for Georgia’s highly rated defensive linemen Jordan Davis.
Many fans and analysts believe the Eagles have the roster to compete for a playoff spot.
The Eagles have been in training camp since July 26. While there were several interesting topics to consider, here are the top five storylines to watch as the Eagles head into their first preseason action.
One of the biggest mistakes of the offseason was trusting Miles Sanders to be the starting running back in 2022. Sanders struggled to stay healthy and didn’t score a touchdown last season.
Philly’s offense needs a solid running game, and relying on Sanders to carry the charge is a huge risk. However, training camp reports say Sanders looks explosive and the best he’s seen since wearing midnight green.
It will be interesting to see if Sanders can have a breakout year, but if he does, the Eagles will be dangerous on offense. Either way, it’s promising to hear that Sanders could finally live up to his second-round draft status in 2022 – a contract year for him.
As it stands, Jalen Reagor is already one of the most hated Philadelphia athletes of all time. The Eagles took Reagor on All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson, and Reagor was unable to make a positive impact for the Eagles.
Head coach Nick Sirianni told the media that Reagor came to camp in great shape, and reports indicate that Reagor has improved. Reagor has made more plays than he has in the past, and he might be able to carve out a role as the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver.
It should be noted that Reagor could also be a traded player this pre-season. The Eagles could decide that even though his stock is high, they can cut their losses on a former first-round pick and get all they can for him.
Now everyone has seen the video of 2022 first-round pick Jordan Davis manhandling an offensive lineman 1-on-1 in training camp. Davis’ sheer size and strength are unmatched. These elite traits can prove he belongs right away.
Davis can do more than show he belongs. It can be the real deal. If so, the Eagles may have signed a future All-Pro defensive lineman.
One of the Eagles’ biggest stories of the offseason is still one of their biggest stories of the preseason: the safety position.
The Eagles haven’t done enough to improve safety this offseason, which has put the battle for the starting spot even further under the microscope.
Anthony Harris is cemented in the only starting safety role, but after Harris is where it gets tricky.
Marcus Epps, K’von Wallace and Jaquiski Tartt are battling for that final spot. Epps is currently the clubhouse leader, and the smart money could be on Epps to start Week 1. But don’t rule out Tartt making a late preseason push once the offseason acquisition begins. to feel more comfortable in his new scheme.
It’s also still possible the Eagles will trade for Jessie Bates, the Cincinnati Bengals’ standout safety.
The team hopes Jalen Hurts will have a stellar season, but that performance potential has been slow to emerge.
Hurts hasn’t been great so far in training camp, but he hasn’t been great. He made some impressive throws, like a dynamic 30-yard touchdown pass to Brown in front of fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
However, Hurts has made some questionable throws and has yet to take that important step.
There’s still time for Hurts to make Eagles fans breathe easier as they head into a potentially deep playoff run, but his progress is a high-profile storyline.
The Eagles will only go as far as he can take them.
Jeremy Klump of The Morning Call can be reached at [email protected].
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