Eagles 2019-2020 Season Preview

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Connor Bailey, Centurion Staff

After a nail biting first game resulting in a win, Bucks students have big hopes for the Philadelphia Eagle’s 2019-2020 season.

Offseason additions

In the latest NFL draft, the Eagles Selected Penn State’s running back Miles Sanders in the second round. With the physical prowess that Sanders possesses, paired with the Eagles stout offensive line, he projects to be a complementary addition to Jordan Howard and Corey Clement in the Eagles backfield.
When asked about the running back rotation, Freshman, business administration major, Justin Henderson of Warminster, thinks highly of the Eagles carousel of running backs.
“Sanders and Howard are a great one-two punch,” said Henderson. “And when you throw in guys like Sproles and Clement to change things up, the options for the offense are endless.”
To the excitement of many Eagles fans, Desean Jackson returned to Philly on a 3-year deal. Jackson was obviously a fan favorite, playing his first six years as the Eagles deep threat. Although older in age, Jackson has not missed a beat.
Even being a part of the Buccaneers brutal passing attack, Jackson lead the NFL with touchdown catches over 50 yards, totaling four in the 2019 season.
Math major, Shane Buracewski of Warminster, is ecstatic that Jackson is back.
“We haven’t had a deep threat like him since he left,” said Buracewski. “With a guy like Jackson, this offense has the potential to be deadly.’’
Although not an addition, it is important to note the health of Carson Wentz. Now two years removed from his major knee injury, and now fully healed from his fractured back in the 2018 season, Wentz is ready to lead the Birds.
It had been a rough run for Wentz recently, having to be relieved by Super Bowl hero Nick Foles two years in a row. But now with Foles being the star in Jacksonville, Wentz was handed a fouryear extension, totaling $128 million. Not only is Wentz healthy, but has a plethora of weapons at his disposal.
He should be a candidate for MVP in the 2019 season.
Jon Lotrene of Warminster and major Engineering, was very high on the fourth year quarterback.
“He’s easily a top ten quarterback in the League. Maybe even top five,” said Lotrene.

Defense

With many of the defensive starters from last season still rehabbing injuries, there are question marks all over the defense. Starting with the defensive line, this group is going to anchor the defense, as it has done the past few years in defensive coordinator Jim Schwart’s scheme.
With the addition of Malik Jackson, a newly resigned Brandon Graham, and Derek Barnett poised for a big season, the d-line will do the heavy lifting. However, the corner that Fletcher Cox will have a slow start is a real fear, with him still nursing foot surgery from an injury that occurred in last year’s NFC divisional round.
Beyond that, the rest of the Eagles defensive is a question mark. This year Nigel Braham will man the middle, with Kamu Grugier-Hill and Zach Brown will occupy the outside linebacker positions. Although you cannot deny that this group has talent, Kamu doesn’t have much experience and Brown’s age is a concern.
The defensive backs are the biggest mystery on the whole roster. Last season the Eagles defensive backs were ravaged with injuries, losing Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, and Rodney Mcleod all for the season.
It appears that Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones will battle for starting corner spots while Darby and Mills recover. Jenkins and Mcleod are expected to man the safeties, with young star Avonte Maddox will be the nickel.

High Expectations

Now with a fully loaded offense, and a completely healthy Carson Wentz, the potential for the Eagles to have a high-powered offense is extremely high. All of this paired with a semi-trustworthy defense, the Birds should make some noise in the playoffs.
There is only one problem, the loaded NFC. With many teams in the NFC with Super Bowl aspirations, the Eagles road will not be an easy one.
Strap up your chin straps, the 2019-2020 Eagles Season is just upon us!