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NFL Report Card: Philadelphia Eagles

 

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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The sky was the limit for this Eagles offense before the season started. Much like Sam Bradford’s passes, this team fell flat on the turf. 37 of his passes were dropped this season, which was a drop percentage of 6%–a league high. Whenever the team started to find momentum, they beat themselves with drops, penalties, and turnovers. When there was some momentum, DeMarco Murray was not involved. He finished the season averaging only 3.6 YPC and six rushing touchdowns. His counterpart, Ryan Mathews, was the better runner this season. He finished with a 5.1 YPC and six touchdowns on 87 less carries. The biggest problem with this offense was trading away or letting good players leave without finding viable replacements for them.

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The defense was not much better for the Eagles, but that was in large part due to the offense’s common three-and-outs. They also forgot how to tackle about midway through the season. Although it wasn’t a great year overall, they have to feel great about the direction Fletcher Cox is going. The defensive lineman finished the season fourth on the team with 71 tackles, and he lead the team with 9.5 sacks.

Final Grade: D

Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Eagles are another team who has had an active off-season. They relieved themselves of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell, while getting draft picks in return. They also dealt linebacker Kiko Alonso in that trade. Besides getting rid of large, useless contracts, they have also brought in offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, Stefen Wisniewski, Donald Stephenson, LB Nigel Bradham, S Rodney McLeod, and receivers Chris Givens and Rueben Randle. They also re-signed a few players including Sam Bradford, Lane Johnson, Malcolm Jenkins, and others. Even with all of these moves, the Eagles could still use more help at cornerback. I expect them to bring at least one more solid corner, even if it is for depth.

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