Ranking Eagles position groups, weakest to strongest after 1st wave of free agency

The Eagles returned to the playoffs in 2021 under head coach Nick Sirianni and a young roster led by sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts and the NFL’s best running offense.

After a buildup and drama surrounding the quarterback position, Philadelphia is rolling with Hurts and looking to add weapons to an offense that includes Miles Sanders, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert.

The Eagles entered NFL free agency with a solid salary cap and struck early, landing Haason Reddick on a three-year contract. Philadelphia also added linebacker Kyzir White and wide receiver Zach Pascal to the roster.

With just over two weeks to go until the NFL Draft, here’s a first ranking of the Eagles’ position groups after the first wave of free agency.

8. Tight End

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Philadelphia no longer has two of the best tight ends in the NFL, but they have one of the top five in the league at that position.

Dallas Goedert will enter 2022 looking for its first season receiving 1,000 yards and its first appearance in a professional bowl.

The tight end position is the lowest rated group due to the obvious unknown behind Goedert on the depth chart.

Richard Rodgers is a professional tight end, but he’s not a guy you want as a second starter.

Tyree Jackson will be out of time with a knee injury and Jack Stoll offers some potential as a second-year undrafted free agent.

7. Defensive back

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The defensive back position lands here on the list as there is no star power at cornerback aside from Darius Slay. Avonte Maddox is one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL, while Philadelphia has four potential second-year starters on the roster in Zech McPhearson, Tay Gowan, Mac McCain, Kary Vincent Jr. and Andre Chachere.

At safety, Philadelphia fires Anthony Harris, but Rodney McLeod moved to the Colts.

Marcus Epps could be ready to start safely and K’Von Wallace is still looking to hit his stride.

6. Wide Receiver

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DeVonta Smith is the best guy in the position, and Zach Pascal can be an immediate upgrade over Jalen Reagor in the slot. Quez Watkins will be the No. 2 guy, while Reagor and Arcega-Whiteside will work to find roles.

5. Quarterback

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Hurts passed for 3,144 yards and led the Eagles with 784 rushing yards.

It’s an impressive feat, but it also shows just how lopsided the Eagles’ offense was, with Hurts leading the team in the run despite having four capable running backs on the roster, including the explosive Miles Sanders .

Behind Hurts are the capable Gardner Minshew and Reid Sinnett.

4. Run back

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Philadelphia has four strong and talented running backs on the roster with Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell all capable of being home hitters. Jason Huntley is fourth on the depth chart but offers value on special teams.

3. Linebacker

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TJ Edwards is the undisputed starter at center linebacker after a contract extension, and the Eagles have added the highly talented Kyzir White to the roster after recording 144 tackles for the Chargers.

White could be center linebacker in obvious passing situations.

Shaun Taylor and Patrick Johnson add depth, while Davion Taylor will look to regain his place in the depth chart.

Haason Reddick is listed as a linebacker, but he will most likely thrive just as a pass thrower.

2. Defensive line

Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick meets the media for the first time after signing a free agent contract with the team.
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The 2022 campaign could be the year this group comes to you in waves, and the goal is to get two deep in every position.

At defensive tackle, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Milton Williams will destroy games, and that’s before top prospect Jordan Davis or Devonte Wyatt join the fold.

At the defensive end, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat and Tarron Jackson all offer supreme passing prowess and we haven’t mentioned Hasson Reddick yet.

The all-around rusher pass should free up every guy on this roster for one-on-one matches.

1. Offensive line

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The Eagles offensive line might be the most talented in the NFL and they will enter 2022 having led the league in total rushing yards (2,715), a historic feat.

Philadelphia has depth at every position and a potential four-spot All-Pro.

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