Offseason Philadelphia Eagles Player Power Rankings
Which players will have the biggest impact on the team's success in 2014? Below are the top 10 starters on the Eagles roster. Their impact is measured by both past production and predicted future production.
1. LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy is the obvious best player on the team. He is the focal point of the offense and racked up 1,607 yards rushing and 539 receiving yards last season. He is essential in both the running and the passing game and arguably the best running back in the league.
As with any franchise player, how McCoy plays in 2014 will determine the fortunes of the 2014 Eagles. Defensive coordinators will spend all week game-planning how to stop him and how Kelly uses McCoy as a decoy, as well as a weapon, will determine how effective this offense will be.
2. Nick Foles
Nick Foles may still be unproven, but if he plays remotely close to the level he did last season, he is one of the team's best players.
When Foles took over for an injured Michael Vick against the Giants, the Eagles went 9-2. His pocket passer style of play was much more consistent than Vick's. He was fantastic at limiting turnovers, throwing just two interceptions to 27 touchdowns.
It's inevitable that Foles will take a step back. It remains to be seen how Foles will fare when defensive coordinators have a full offseason to study his game film, as well as how he adjusts to losing DeSean Jackson.
3. Jason Peters
Everything starts with the offensive line, and without Jason Peters, the Eagles offense would be lost. It's no coincidence that the Eagles' return to one of the most dominant offenses coincided with Peters' return in 2013.
After a slow start, Peters slowly regained his dominance as last season went on. A player of his athleticism should also still be effective for a few more seasons, leaving time for Lane Johnson to develop or for the Eagles to find a replacement.
4. Jason Kelce
Jason Kelce is the most underrated player on the Eagles roster. He is responsible for not only the center of the O-Line, but also for setting the blocking adjustments. Without his leadership, where would the Eagles offense be?
He is already one of the finest centers in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. Much of LeSean McCoy's success can be credited to Kelce's run blocking. Kelce is also still young and will continue to improve.
5. Jeremy Maclin
Now that DeSean Jackson is out of the picture, it will be up to Jeremy Maclin to take on the role of No. 1 receiver. If he can stay healthy, there is no reason that Maclin can't be successful.
In 2012, Maclin proved he could succeed without Jackson in games against the Buccaneers and the Redskins. He also has a more well-rounded skill set than Jackson, being a speedster but also capable of going across the middle.
The question is whether or not Maclin will be fully healthy in 2014. But if he is healthy, expect him to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
6. Brandon Boykin
Like Kelce, Brandon Boykin is another unsung hero. As a nickel corner, he nabbed a remarkable six interceptions. Most notably, he picked off Kyle Orton in Week 17 to seal a postseason bid for the birds. He is one of the most effective players in the NFL at the nickel spot.
Boykin is one of the most athletic players on the roster. If he can take another step forward in 2014, the Eagles may give him a shot at outside corner.
7. DeMeco Ryans
The Eagles are fortunate to have a leader on the defensive side of the ball. DeMeco Ryans leads not just with words, but also with his play, nabbing 127 tackles last year.
He has shown himself to be a versatile player, silencing critics that he is purely a 4-3 middle linebacker. The Eagles switched to a 3-4, and Ryans transitioned seamlessly to his new inside linebacker role.
A veteran player like Ryans can be expected to continue to produce for years to come.
8. Riley Cooper
Riley Cooper went from pariah to fan favorite in 2013. He regained the love of his fans after his racial slur incident by consistently making big catches.
The chemistry he has with Nick Foles is special, Cooper broke out last season with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cooper is not the fastest receiver, but he runs good routes and has great body control and hands. He is also underrated after the catch, as he averaged 17.8 yards per catch.
9. Mychal Kendricks
After an up and down 2012, Mychal Kendricks became one of the Eagles' best defensive players in 2013. He racked up 106 tackles and was used frequently to put pressure on the quarterback.
Few linebackers possess Kendricks' speed. He needs to improve at shedding blocks, but Kendricks made an excellent transition from 4-3 outside linebacker to 3-4 inside linebacker.
He is also likely still improving. At just 23, the sky is the limit for Kendricks.
10. Darren Sproles
It's early, but Darren Sproles is likely to be one of the most potent offensive weapons on the Eagles arsenal. Sproles is an incredible athlete and as capable of lining up at receiver as he is as a running back.
Kelly loves players who are versatile, and Sproles is just that. Drew Brees hoped he would be Sproles' teammate "forever." Sproles amassed over 600 yards every season for the past three years. Expect big things from him in Chip Kelly's offense.
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