Ranking the Philadelphia Eagles' Most Irreplaceable Players

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Ranking the Philadelphia Eagles' Most Irreplaceable Players
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For the first time since 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles could be set to enter training camp without any serious injuries.

In spring 2012, All-Pro offensive tackle Jason Peters tore his Achilles tendon (twice). He missed the entire season rehabbing, and the team was forced to shuffle in a slew of underwhelming players like Demetress Bell, King Dunlap and Dennis Kelly. Peters' injury isn't why the Eagles went 4-12, but his impact (or lack thereof) was certainly felt.

The next season, veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL and missed all 16 games. Fortunately, Chip Kelly was able to coax a career year out of DeSean Jackson while even turning Riley Cooper into a downfield threat.

Heading into 2014, everyone is healthy. That was the storyline for much of 2013 as well. Aside from Maclin's injury, the Eagles remained remarkably healthy. Kelly won the division in his first year as head coach, and expectations are high that Philadelphia can not only repeat as NFC East champions, but also make a postseason run.

The team isn't built around one player, but everyone knows this is an offense-driven squad. Playmakers on that side of the ball will ultimately determine whether the Eagles emerge as serious contenders or become mired in mediocrity. That’s why four of the top five most irreplaceable players on the current roster are on offense.

The players on this list are extremely talented, but they're also on here for the importance of their position and, in some cases, the gap between the starters and the backups.

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