Despite having an extremely subpar receiving corps, the Philadelphia Eagles and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz had a somewhat successful season. While Wentz does have some mechanical issues in his throwing motion, the second overall draft pick did prove to everyone that he has the talent necessary to be Philly’s franchise quarterback now and in the future.
Now though, it is time for the Eagles and Wentz to take the next step in their development. To do so, Philly needs to bring in some offensive reinforcements this offseason. While the quarterback, tight end, and most of the offensive line appears to be set for next season, the team has many holes at wide receiver and running back. Filling these openings with talented players will be key to Philly’s 2017 season.
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At the wide receiver position, this means bringing in an almost completely new set of receivers. Going the year with Dorial Green-Beckham, Nelson Agholor, and Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia struggled in their receiving game. While Matthews has proven to be one of the NFL’s best slot men, Agholor and DGB struggled to even make catches at times and constantly disappeared for massive periods throughout the game.
With the team rumored to be interested in signing DeSean Jackson and drafting a rookie receiver in the first round of the draft, the Eagles know the predicament they are in. Adding Jackson and another receiver to play with Matthews would give Carson Wentz plenty of options in the passing game. Retaining Paul Turner will also boost the offense in four receiver situations.
Running back is another area the team could use some help. Should the team keep Darren Sproles as it’s receiving back, Philadelphia will need to pursue a true runner in either free agency or the draft. A player like D’Onta Foreman comes to mind given that he likely to be available in the second round of the draft.
Adding players to these key positions will put the Philly offense in a place to succeed next season. With Carson Wentz likely to improve from his rookie season and new wide receivers and running back options, the Eagles offense could be set for a breakout year in 2017.