Article Written by Michael Doctorovitz
Originally Published on July 18, 2023
The 2022 Philadelphia Eagles had one of the best rosters in football last year but this year’s team has a slight edge.
Heading into 2022, there were still question marks from some surrounding Jalen Hurts. The addition of AJ Brown was the biggest offseason acquisition alongside the additions of Hasson Reddick, Chauncey Gardener - Johnson (CJGJ), Zach Pascal, James Bradberry and Kyzir White. The rookies on the team included former Georgia Bulldogs Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean.
This year’s team did deal with subtractions. Miles Sanders signed with the Panthers, CJGJ departed for Detroit, after a very public contract dispute, Javon Hargrave went west and signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and Kyzir White departed for the Arizona Cardinals.
However, General Manager Howie Roseman was able to work his magic and retain the core of last year’s NFC Champions while also extending Hurts.
Roseman made some upgrades as well. Day one of the draft was a huge success for the Eagles as Georgia Bulldog Jalen Carter, arguably the best player in the draft, fell to them at number nine and Georgia teammate Nolan Smith fell in their lap at 30.
Losing Miles Sanders hurts but Roseman didn’t wait long to make a move. The Eagles made a trade on the second day of the draft for Philadelphia native running back D’Andre Swift and signed free agent running back Rashaad Penny.
Along with Carter, Smith, Penny and Swift, the Eagles brought in veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota to backup Hurts. Although Mariota has had a disappointing career thus far, especially with how much hype was around him in 2015, he seems to be the perfect backup to Hurts.
Other draft steals include Illinois safety Sydney Brown, Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo and Alabama guard Tyler Steen.
Upgrades at the running back position, cornerback position and backup running back make this team better. Special teams will still be an achilles heel, especially at punter, but a second season for Nakobe Dean could also upgrade the defense and help the new Georgia Bulldog draftees fit right in.
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