Team Preview: Philadelphia Eagles
Continuing our series on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we move to 2020's last-place team from the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles scored the 7th fewest points in 2020 while throwing for the 5th fewest passing yards. They rushed for the 9th most rushing yards on their way to a 4-11-1 record. Vegas currently has their Win Total at 6.5 games.
Jalen Hurts: In his 4 starts, Hurts was a Top 5 points per game QB. Most of that thanks to his 73 rush yards per game. That number will keep Hurts as one of the higher floor QBs as it accounted for nearly 50% of his points. His passing game however could use some work. His 46 Total QBR rating ranked 31st and his completion % of 52% ranked outside of the top 35. He was Pro Football Focus's 37th graded passer. As bad as it was, his passing can only go up, and I expect it to going into year 2 with improved weapons. He's a top 10 QB with top 5 upside in 2021.
Miles Sanders: Sanders is a tough back to evaluate. The presence of Hurts in the offense opens up the running lanes and improves Sanders' efficiency, however, Hurts ability to tuck the ball away and run will take away receptions. It's also unclear if Sanders will continue his high usage with the new coaching staff. He ranked 6th in opportunity share in 2020. One thing working in his favor however is a low TD dependency of 21% (69th). I see Sanders as a mid-range RB2 with limited receiving upside due to Hurts.
Devonta Smith / Jalen Reagor: It's hard to get excited about either 1st round WR in 2021 with what we saw from Hurts passing numbers last year. The Eagles were bottom 5 in pass yards and neither WR should be seen as a red-zone threat. Eagles' WRs should be looked at similarly to how we look at WRs in Baltimore. They are an avoid for me.
Dallas Goedert / Zach Ertz: Goedert ranked 9th in points per game last season while only scoring 3 TDs. He ranked 12th in targets per game. He is a good red-zone threat who should easily double if not triple his TD numbers in 2021. I like Goedert as a mid-range TE1 in 2021. As for Ertz, I'm not ready to write him off. He's a player I'm fine targeting at the very end of my draft as a possible TE2 with back-end TE1 upside.