Head coach- Doug Pederson
Offensive coaching philosophy- West Coast Offense/ short/intermediate passes
What to expect- Doug Pederson came from the Andy Reid coaching tree. As a player he was Brett Favre’s backup in Green Bay under Head Coach Mike Holmgren who also ran the West Coast Offense. Both Reid and Holmgren learned from former 49’ers great Bill Walsh. The West Coast Offense uses short/intermediate passes as a substitute for running. Pederson has indicated he wants to be more aggressive on offense in 2019. Expect more 4th down gambles, and more RPO’s run/pass options.
Quarterback- Super Bowl hero Nick Foles left in free agency. A career journeyman QB he found his calling in Philadelphia and became a legend in a city desperate for a title. He’ll never have to pay for a meal in the City of Brotherly Love again after his magical playoff run. The Eagles couldn’t afford to keep two QBs at the market price so Foles left for Jacksonville. Carson Wentz remains. Wentz seems legit. He was on a MVP pace until he hurt his knee in 2017. Last year he got off to a slow start- probably from trying to rush back to soon, but he’s healthy now. He seems poised for a big year. Unfortunately, there’s not much behind him so if he gets injured- the Eagles offense is in trouble.
Running Back- Philadelphia traded a late round pick to Chicago for the services of Jordan Howard. He’s a power runner. They’ll use him in the LeGarette Blount short yardage type of role. He should get all of the goal line touchdowns. Philly also used a high pick on rookie RB Miles Sanders. Sanders went to Penn State and backed up Saquan Barkley before proving himself in the Big 10. He’s not the runner Barkley is- well few are. He’s been sidelined with a hamstring issue which has caused him to miss valuable time learning the Eagles offense. This could slow his learning curve in 2019. Darren Sproles is a free agent as of now, but there are rumblings he wants to keep playing. Don’t be shocked if he avoids the hell that is training camp and signs later this summer. A trade for LeSean McCoy or Duke Johnson is also a possibility.
Wide Receiver/Tight Ends- The prime weapon here is TE Zach Ertz. He had 116 catches for 1163 yards and 8 TDs. Ertz is Wentz’s favorite target in the red zone. He’s a matchup nightmare and provides a big target for the young QB. The Eagles also have young TE Dallas Goedert. He should see a bigger role on offense and eat into Ertz’s numbers. It might be the only time in history Eagles fans yell Go Dallas! At WR Alshon Jeffery mans one side. He’s a big WR, but lacks speed and has had a history of soft tissue injuries. On the other side the Eagles traded for speedster DeSean Jackson. Jackson returns to his original team. He was frustrated in Tampa and even new coach Bruce Arians and his deep passing philosophy couldn’t convince him to stay. Jackson is older now but can still take the top of the defense. Nelson Agholor is the slot WR, but he could lose time or be cut to rookie WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Whiteside had a good Spring and impressed coaches with his play.
Offensive Line- Excellent OT Lane Johnson and C Jason Kelce anchor this impressive line. OT Jason Peters is getting up there at 37 so Philly traded up and leapfrogged the Texans to take rookie OT Andre Dilliard. G Brandon Brooks made the pro bowl last year. Isaac Seumalo rounds out an excellent front 5.
Schedule-Okay -not great not horrible Atlanta Detroit, NY Giants Seattle all seem like good draws. Washington twice, Chicago, Minnesota, New England, and the NY Jets are much tougher
Bye- Week 10
Playoff Schedule- weeks 14-17 Good NY Giants, at Washington, Dallas, at NY Giants Anytime you see the Giants defense on the docket you get a big smile as a fantasy owner. They’ve got nothing. The only concern is if the game gets out of hand and the Eagles let off the gas. Washington front 4 is legit and could be worrisome. Dallas also has a good defensive line capable of posing problems, but a shootout still seems likely with the Cowboys potent offense.
Undervalued- Carson Wentz
Overvalued-Zach Ertz. Jordan Howard
Bust- Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery
Bottom Line- The Eagles have one of the best offensive lines in football protecting one of the best young QBs. That’s usually a recipe for fantasy success. However, they like to spread the wealth in Philly and that’s not good for fantasy owners. Zach Ertz is the star here, but even he might see a decrease in production with Dallas Goedert being more involved. Carson Wentz should do well but the schedule makers didn’t do him any favors. That could cap his upside. Jordan Howard doesn’t seem like a good fit. He came from a similar offense in Chicago and that didn’t work out. He’ll be TD dependent. Alshon Jeffery is too slow to get a lot of yards after the catch. He’s also TD dependent and has a history of soft tissue injuries. If you’re going to place your bet on an Eagles player Zach Ertz and Carson Wentz are the guys to pick. Ertz’s price tag wont be cheap though. Wentz seems like a better bargain. As the 10th QB in Fantasy Pros ADP he has the talent to be a top 5 QB if things break right,. However, despite a good offensive line he has yet to make it through a season without hitting the injured reserve. If he can’t make it through unscathed again in 2019 there’s no Nick Foles anymore to save this offense. Everyone will take a huge hit.