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Philadelphia’s Training Camp Begins As Regular Season Looms 

Training camp began for the Philadelphia Eagles rookies on July 23rd. Veterans will report on July 27th. This Philadelphia team is entering camp with stiff expectations from the fans. Last regular season wasn’t pleasant for them and the team knows it. The Eagles made a splash in free agency when they signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery from the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Torrey Smith from the San Francisco 49ers and running back LeGarrette Blount from the New England Patriots.

The Offense Lacked Weapons And It Showed Last Season

It was a common conception around the league that the Eagles lacked firepower on offense last regular season and that quarterback Carson Wentz could have fared better had he had a better arsenal. The Eagles loaded up on offense but it seems like their defense doesn’t appear to be on the same level of talent.

Jeffery Will Eclipse The 1,000-Yard Receiving Mark

The Eagles acquired Jeffery with the intentions of boosting their offense. Jeffery produced two 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the Bears. His sophomore year with the Bears is the only Pro Bowl season of his career. It’s important to remember the Bears only produced one winning season in Jeffery’s five seasons with the team (2012-2016).

Jeffery Is In Need Of A Fresh Start And Philadelphia Is The Place

Jeffery will enter the regular season as the number one receiver and now has a quarterback that’s hungry to prove himself to the fans and the franchise. Wentz will light it up with Jeffery and make sure Jeffery’s talent doesn’t go to waste. What is also going to help Jeffery are the other players on offense. Expect Jeffery to take advantage and have a good season with Wentz at the helm.

The Eagles Will Beat The Washington Redskins For The First Time Since 2014

Philadelphia released fan favorite wide receiver DeSean Jackson in 2014. Jackson joined the Redskins the same year and made it his duty to haunt the Eagles every chance that he got. The Eagles managed to defeat the Redskins in Jackson’s first game back to the city of brotherly love.

Washington Will Miss Jackson When They Face Philadelphia This Season

The Redskins responded with a five game winning streak between the two teams. Jackson is no longer with the Redskins and that is a sight of relief for the Eagles. This is due to the fact that Jackson has tormented the Eagles’ defensive backs for the past three seasons. The Eagles have enough on offense to match the Redskins blow-for-blow. Philadelphia will beat Washington at least once this season and split the season series. The question is, in which game will the Eagles end the streak? October 23rd at Lincoln Financial Field makes the most sense.

The Eagles Will Have A Better Regular Season Record Than Last Season

Easy to predict? Not necessarily. It’s easy to think that the Eagles will fare better than last season because of the free agency moves and draft picks. The Eagles went 7-9 last regular season and their last victory came against a Dallas Cowboys team that had nothing to play for. Philadelphia also lost games because of miscues and bad coaching decisions, which are areas that fans expect to see some improvement. The Eagles have the potential to be a 10-6 team and that’s the record they will have at the end of the season.

Running Back Blount Will Not Be The Eagles’ Most Productive Running Back This Regular Season

The one name that stands out is Blount’s and for good reason. The team knows they can rely on Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, and Donnel Pumphrey when they need to give Blount a rest. Blount is likely to be the starting running back and the other backs will have to take their chances as they come. Expect Pumphrey to show why he is the current official leader in rushing yards in NCAA Division I FBS history.

Pumphrey Is An All-Purpose Back Like Sproles

He’s a running back that can be asked to catch the ball and run the ball like his teammate Sproles has often been asked to do for the team. Blount will be the running back to earn the tough yards for the Eagles when it’s needed. Expect Pumphrey to be used to mix things up on offense by being involved in screen plays and reverse plays to keep defenses on their toes.

Rookie Defensive And Derek Barnett Will Have A Significant Impact On The Defense

The defense has also seen new faces added to the team.  None of them will have the significant impact that Barnett will have this upcoming regular season. Via UT Sports, Barnett produced double-digit sacks in all of his three seasons at Tennessee. He broke the late Reggie White’s career sack record (32.0) at Tennessee with 33 sacks.

Barnett Is Joining A Terrifying Defensive Line

The man is a monster at harassing quarterbacks. It will immensely help the defensive backs in coverage. Barnett will be joining a stacked defensive line that already contains the likes of Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan and Chris Long. Barnett’s motor will make all of his teammates’ jobs easier and it’s going to show during the season. In general, expect big things from this defensive line.

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