By George Zhang, Photography Editor It is starting to look like 2018 again. The window is now open for the Philadelphia Eagles to make another Super Bowl run and bring home the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time in five years. Yes, I know. Proclaiming that the Eagles will win it all is a...
By George Zhang, Photography Editor
It is starting to look like 2018 again. The window is now open for the Philadelphia Eagles to make another Super Bowl run and bring home the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time in five years.
Yes, I know. Proclaiming that the Eagles will win it all is a bold statement, especially with the team’s performance last year. But thanks to general manager Howie Roseman, the players have a legitimate shot this year.
Despite his mistakes in the past, Roseman proved himself tremendously this offseason by bolstering the team and filling holes where its weaknesses were. Starting off with the defense, Roseman signed linebacker Haason Reddick, who was a much needed acquisition. He also signed pro-bowler cornerback James Bradberry who locked up receivers with Darius Slay. Other moves included drafting Jordan Davis in the first round and Nakobe Dean in the third round. Davis is an absolute monstrosity of a player: He is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 335 pounds. Dean is also considered the best pick of the draft because he was a first-round talent selected in the third round.
Roseman has also improved the offense significantly. One of his most notable moves was trading a first-round pick for star receiver A.J. Brown. Brown is arguably the best receiver the Eagles have had in the last decade and pairs well with fellow Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith. Prior to the trade, Brown put up impressive numbers in Tennessee.
These offseason acquisitions clearly made their mark as the Eagles started off the season undefeated with a 5-0 record and the No. 1 spot on the NFL power rankings. The Eagles have almost everything in place for them to make a Super Bowl run; only one thing remains: the reliability of quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Last year, Hurts was a mediocre passer at best, throwing 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also had questionable decision making, missing out on many good opportunities to convert. This led many fans to question whether Hurts could keep up with this newly upgraded team, which marked this year as a make or break year for him. Five games in, he seems to be doing an amazing job making notable improvements in his decision-making and passing accuracy.
Many fans, myself included, were unsure of whether the Eagles would live up to the hype or not. But after their performance in the first five weeks, I believe that the birds will have a legitimate chance of making a deep playoff run. Maybe we will even get another parade on Broad Street.
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