What's wrong with Jeremy Maclin? Is he going to be the same explosive player from last year?
Will DeSean Jackson's contract be a distraction?
When will newly signed receiver Steve Smith be ready? Will he be able to play like he did in 2009?
Can Jason Avant and Riley Cooper fill in if needed?
Maclin's illness has been called a mystery, and no one can confidently say he will return for the season opener. The only thing that sounded promising was when Eagles' President Joe Banner spoke before the Ravens game. He said it will be up to Jeremy to talk about his illness because it is a personal issue.
It could be implied both sides know what's wrong, but it is on Maclin to reveal what's going on, or it simply means that no one has a clue and when an answer comes along it will be up to Maclin to go public with it or not.
Without Maclin on the field the Eagles' offense is not as explosive and is not as versatile. Maclin had the speed to stretch a defense like Jackson and the toughness to go across the middle like Jason Avant.
He brought a unique skill set to the team, but we are left wondering if and when we will see that this season.
Obviously if Maclin is out, Jackson will have an opportunity to shine. But if Maclin is out, does it give Jackson some added leverage to ask for an extension?
And even if Maclin does come back, will Jackson ever get passive-aggressive with the media and make comments about his contract throughout the season? Can you imagine Jackson saying something like, "Hey, that's why they don't pay me the big bucks?"
Jackson is already running his mouth about something unrelated. He recently said Smith was brought on board as insurance for Maclin even though the Eagles front office denied this at the time of the signing.
As for why Smith is here, really doesn't matter. He was a stud in 2009 catching 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns and he could clearly add something to this team if he can overcome a knee injury he suffered last year, which caused him to undergo microfracture knee surgery.
The surgery has resulted in the Eagles placing Smith on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list according to the Press of Atlantic City.
By placing him on the list now he can still be activated before the season starts. But if he is left on the list he must sit out the first six weeks.
If Smith and Maclin are both out Avant and Cooper will be called on.
It may not sound like the absolute worst news in the world, but you have to wonder how long they can fill the void if they are called upon.