Better or worse? Comparison of Eagles 2021 roster to last year’s squad
It’s been a transformative offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only was their beloved franchise quarterback transferred to the Colts, the team decided to snatch some of Indy’s coaching staff in the process of replacing Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz. Now that the dust has finally settled, it’s time to see if the list has improved and by how much.
2020: Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, Nate Sudfeld, Kyle Lauletta
2021: Jalen Hurts, Joe Flacco, Nick Mullens
It’s easy to look at this and say 2021, but we have to remember the expectations at this point in 2020. No one expected Carson Wentz to go through the regression that ends all other regressions. That said, it’s still hard not to look to a younger, cheaper quarterback, in an environment where he has a veteran to oversee his development and a new arsenal of weapons.
I would also go so far as to say that Nick Mullens is a very viable QB2 candidate and stands head and shoulders above someone like Nate Sudfeld. When it comes to QB rooms, the Eagles have one that will be filled with competition and play that should take the roster through the rigors of training camp.
2020: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, Michael Warren, Adrian Killins
2021: Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, Kerryon Johnson, Elijah Holyfield, Jason Huntley, Adrian Killins
There was a clear vision with the backfield last year, but it was more about doubling the talent in the room rather than investing in the position as a whole. The Eagles have changed that this offseason, backing a renewed intention to lead the ball under Nick Sirianni.
Kenneth gainwell and Kerryon Johnson could be great additions to a waiting room that lacked both pass protection and reception production last year. This results in a much more complete backing stable than what we have seen in 2020.
2020: Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Jordan Mailata, Jason Kelce, Matt Pryor, Jack Driscoll, Prince Tega-Wanagho, Sua Opeta, Nate Herbig, Julian Good-Jones, Casey Tucker
2021: Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Landon Dickerson, Brandon Brooks, Jordan Mailata, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Matt Pryor, Jack Driscoll, Sua Opeta, Nate Herbig, Casey Tucker, Le’Raven Clark, Brett Toth,
The Eagles now have stiff competition on the left tackle and most of their starters are likely to recover after an embarrassing 2020 campaign that saw injuries ravage the squad from the summer onwards.
The addition of Landon dickerson is important after the team chooses to wait a long time to find a long-term replacement for Jason kelce. His versatility should also provide some reassurance that Brooks isn’t ready to go. In a scenario where Dickerson can’t recover quickly enough from his own injury setback, former all-rounder Colt Le’Raven Clark should be able to hold the fort.
2020: Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Joshua Perkins, Noah Togiai, Richard Rodgers, Caleb Wilson, Jason Croom, Tyree Jackson
2021: Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Jack Stoll, Caleb Wilson, Jason Croom, Tyree Jackson
Not much has changed here other than the Eagles trading UDFAs Noah Togiai for the UDFA Jack stoll. Stoll offers more versatility and there’s a big cloud looming Zach Ertz. Had it not been for the late addition of Richard rodgers, the 2020 unit would likely have worked that out due to Erz coming out of a strong 2019.
That said, the team hasn’t done enough to prepare for this offseason for the long term. Contract talks with Goedert are encouraging, but the SDSU product has to overcome some sustainability hurdles and even then it’s not like there is a certified TE2 behind it. That could change the next offseason, but if the team leaves Ertz before the start of the season, it’s Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers against the world.
2020: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward Jr, Marquise Goodwin, John Hightower, Quez Watkins, Robert Davis, Khalil Tate, Shelton Gibson, Manasseh Bailey, Marcus Green
2021: DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward Jr, John Hightower, Quez Watkins, Jhamon Aubson, Michael Walker, Trevon Grimes (IR)
The Eagles have indeed witnessed the passing of the torch here. The view that this year’s Hall is the most attractive group doesn’t take long to justify itself. A Heisman winning wide player joins a former first-round pick at Jalen reagor, a reliable slot in Greg Ward, and a plethora of young guns who each have high ceilings if Aaron Moorehead can push them in the right direction. No stupid contracts, no injured receivers and a new coaching staff who should be able to avoid the mistakes of years gone by.
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