NFL Preseason Week 1 is in the books and we got to see our Philadelphia Eagles take the field against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Eagles looks sharped in their preseason debut. I loved what I saw from their first two draft picks. Nelson Agholor showed off his speed by ripping off the first Eagles touchdown and ended the day with a couple nice grabs. Jordan Matthews also had a couple nice catches and could be poised for a breakout season now that he’ll be the primary target in the Eagles passing game.
Not only was the offense rolling, but the defense was looking strong too. The Eagles did a nice job against the run and also made some plays in the secondary. Eric Rowe is the tough, physical corner that Philadelphia was looking to add to their defense. He caused a fumble in his debut by punching the ball out of the receivers hands and was also involved in causing another fumble later in the game.
One of the big questions the Eagles had going into this season is who is going to start at safety opposite Malcolm Jenkins. It looks like the job will belong to Walter Thurmond. However, what I liked seeing was Ed Reynolds make two big interceptions. Reynolds is a 5th round pick out of Stanford from the 2014 NFL Draft and it’s good to see that the Eagles have some depth at safety.
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There are four positions the Eagles really need to address in this year’s draft: SS, CB, WR, and OL. The top two players I’m pulling for the Eagles to draft for are Landon Collins or Jaelen Strong. Here are my top five 2015 Eagles draft targets:
(1) Landon Collins
Landon Collins is the no-brainer #1 player on the Eagles board for me. The Eagles biggest need going into next season is at safety and there’s a good chance Landon Collins may sill be around when the Eagles are up on the clock at No. 20. I would even trade up a few spots to make sure you grab this guy. The Eagles can grab a WR in Round 2 if they go defense in Round 1. Guys they can wait for in Round 2 at WR are: Phillip Dorsett, Devin Smith, Breshad Perriman, Nelson Agoholor, and Devin Fuchness. Those are all names that should be around in Round 2 and a few will make it to Round 3. Collins would immediately patch up the biggest hole on the Eagles roster next season and could be the face of the Eagles defense for years to come. Eagles fans have been yearning for a physical safety to call their own since the departure of Brian Dawkins. Collins has some of that Dawkins toughness, but would only be able to fill just one of Dawkins’ shoes. This guy tackles like he’s shot out of a cannon.
(2) Jaelen Strong
If you can’t get your guy on defense, the Eagles needs a WR to pair up with Jordan Matthews. Amari Cooper, Kevin White and DeVante Parker should all be off the board by the time the Eagles are up. After the big three WR names in this draft, I’m high on Jaelen Strong. Jaelen Strong has all the tools to be a true WR1. He has the size, speed, and hands. He’ll translate into a solid NFL receiver. If Chip Kelly likes big receivers, then Jaelen Strong should be right up his ally.
(3) Marcus Peters
I don’t see the Eagles taking Peters because of character issues unless he happens to end up sliding into Round 2. Marcus Peter is true lockdown corner and a ballhawk. He’s arguably the most talented corner in this draft, but has some character concerns after getting kicked off the team at Washington. Those character concerns could make it likely that he falls into Round 2. I think Trae Waynes is a bit overrated and have Marcus Peters as the top CB in this draft in terms of raw talent. If I want somebody to cover Odell Beckham, Jr. for the next 5 years, it will be this guy. I would also be happy to take P.J. Williams. P.J. Williams is a completely different type of corner though and more of the physical CB2 that you want to compliment your lockdown corner. Peters would match up against Odell and DeSean Jackson very well.
(4) P.J. Williams
A physical corner that plays very strong in the run game. I love his physicality as a corner. He looks like he would add to the Eagles physical defense. He’s suited for zone and press coverage, but is nowhere near the lockdown corner that Marcus Peters has the potential to be.
(5) Dorial Beckham-Green
A beast of a wide receiver, but has serious character concerns, which is why I see the Eagles passing on this guy. I like Jaelen Strong more at this point and is the safe pick, but Beckham-Green looks to be the last WR1 in this draft with high upside. The rest of the WR pack after Beckham-Green is WR2 material that you’re really just rolling the dice on. Beckham-Green has that megatron size combined with the speed to make him a potential perennial top 10 receiver.
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I wanted to announce that I started a few new blogs that will be part of THE PASS RUSH community. Before we get to those, I wanted to let everyone in on my Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet. What you’ll get is all fantasy football rankings sorted by position on a single page, much like Yahoo’s big board. It serves as a great print sheet when you’re drafting your fantasy team. If you’re trying to decide between players and need to look up some quick stats, it’s the perfect resource for that. Visit it now.
Another website we just launched is www.nflstartorsit.com. Whenever you’re trying to select your starting lineup or trying to decide which players to start or sit, feel free to send us an email. We’ll post your start/sit question online with our response and other readers can leave their advice as well.
We then rolled out the same idea for those in survivor pools. Need help selecting which team you should take in your NFL survivor pool? Feel free to send us an email and we’ll give you our thoughts while other fans can give theirs. Be sure to check www.survivorpoolpicks.com.
We are six weeks away from the NFL season and we’re already gearing up for fantasy football — doing our research, ranking our players, and trying to come up with creative team names. Here is a list of fantasy football team names for Eagles fans. We have a team name for Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Babin, Brent Celek, Nnamdi Asomugha, and more.
The Real McCoy
Bustin a McNutt
Maclin On Your Girl
Vick Will McNabb Your Position
The Celek Few
Back That Asomugha Up
My Babin Back Ribs
The Viet-Nnamdi War
If you can think of more Eagles fantasy football team names, hit us up.
I was hoping the Eagles would use a 3rd or 4th rounder on Nebraska RB Roy Helu, but the Washington Redskins nabbed him. No worries though as the Eagles add a nice backup to LeSean McCoy with another Pittsburgh product in Dion Lewis. Lewis is an incredible back and I am pumped at how the Eagles draft is shaping up.