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The Eagles Will Have to Add Weapons for Carson Wentz to Succeed

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The Eagles Will Have to Add Weapons for Carson Wentz to Succeed

Arguably the most talked about topic this offseason in Philadelphia is how the Eagles will add weapons for Carson Wentz to develop into a franchise quarterback.

While Wentz had a solid rookie campaign, the NFC East quarterback talk was about fellow rookie Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.  It’s not hard to see why Dallas was so impressive.  They’ve built a system to protect their quarterback, regardless of who it is.  While it’d seem likely that Tony Romo will not return for the Cowboys in 2017-18, the way that Jerry Jones and friends have chosen to build their organization should make things fairly easy for their new, young signal caller moving forward.

Prescott knows he’ll be protected behind what is likely the strongest offensive line in the NFL.  With three All Pro offensive linemen, he has the ability scan the field and extend plays.

It doesn’t hurt to have players who can make a play or two, either.  It’s no secret that the group of skill players in Philadelphia was less-than-stellar this past year.  They were bad.

The Cowboys showed that you can compete if you  have solid quarterback play and adequate talent at the skill positions.  The Atlanta Falcons did the same, creating matchup issues across the board for the Patriots.  The Packers have a strong group of receivers, and appear to have found another dynamic player in Ty Montgomery. They managed to make a strong playoff run, despite a slow start to the season.

Following The Blueprint

Unless you’re the Patriots, you can’t regularly get away with a lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball.  So the Eagles will likely need to make a few upgrades.  Philadelphia has either the 14th or 15th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which will have to be fruitful, as they only have $9.8 million in available cap space, according to OverTheCap.

While there’s glaring needs at the cornerback position, the largest investment this team has made is in Carson Wentz.  They should surround him with a skill player or two early in the draft, if possible.  “If possible” is the key. It’s never a good idea to draft for need, and they should look elsewhere if the top skill players are unavailable.  However, it seems that there are four game changing talents in this draft, two or three of which will likely be gone come time for the Eagles to take the podium: Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU), Mike Williams (WR, Clemson), Dalvin Cook (RB, FSU), and Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan).  There is always the possibility that the team could choose to move up to make a selection, as well.

Landing top-tier talent in the draft will only be the first step, though.  This team has multiple holes that need to be filled.  Free agency or trade could provide them an opportunity to fill other gaps.  Some popular non-draft names have been Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Latavius Murray, Pierre Garcon, and DeSean Jackson.  None of them, outside of Jeffery, will fill more than a complimentary role.  That’s OK though, we need complimentary players.

Thinking outside of the first round, there are several other players that could interest the Eagles.  Running backs like Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Wayne Gallman, or D’Onta Foreman could interest the team.  Even a player like Joe Mixon could provide good value if he’s able to convince teams he isn’t an off-the-field liability.

At receiver, many believe Cooper Kupp and Zay Jones will provide good value for whichever team selects them. Both are projected for the second day as quality route runners who can catch the ball away from their body. However, neither are particularly eye-popping athletes, which is why they could be available on day two.

The team could also opt to release players such as Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce, or Jason Peters, which would free up money to use elsewhere.  Doing would likely unveil other holes, which means it’ll be important to weigh your priorities if you’re Howie Roseman.