The good news is the Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t have many roster battles of import over the summer. Following a 10-6 season and first-round playoff exit, you might say that could be the bad news as well.
The Eagles had plenty of “needs” entering the 2014 draft, just not many “holes” per se. The front office had already addressed the lone position of urgency—safety—by adding Malcolm Jenkins and re-signing Nate Allen during free agency.
All that was left was to do in the draft was to search for eventual replacements for aging players or impending free agents and stock up on depth.
The only question is did the Eagles improve significantly for the season ahead? Most of this year’s draft picks and even free-agent additions are not expected to start in ’14. Nearly all will likely be role players at best, barring injury.
The lack of immediate competition in many key areas leads me to believe Philadelphia will field nearly the exact same starting lineup in the upcoming season. The only major difference is the roster is deeper now.
Is that going to be enough to improve upon 10 wins and a first-round exit?