Previews & Recaps

Ranking NFC East Teams by Position

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Above is a breakdown of the NFC East teams ranked 1 through 4 at each position and then an average for each team followed by some commentary on each position below. 

 

QUARTERBACK

The Eagles have the best situation in the league at Quarterback with an MVP-caliber franchise QB backed by a Super Bowl MVP while Eli and Alex Smith are on the back end of their careers.

RUNNING BACK

Ezekiel Elliott remains the top back in the NFC East heading into the season although there is much anticipation for Saquon Barkley. The Eagles hold a great rotation in the backfield but do not have a bell cow lining up behind Wentz.

WIDE RECEIVERS

On pure talent, The Giants may have the best wide receiver tandem when healthy. The Eagles spread the ball around to weapons galore while the Cowboys have taken a step back.

TIGHT END

Zach Ertz separated himself as a top-tier tight end in the league last season. Jordan Reed is second in line when on the field while Evan Engram impressed in his rookie season. The Cowboys, however, are searching for answers at the position after the Eagles stole their selection in round two of the draft.

OFFENSIVE LINE

The offensive lines across the board in this division should all be much improved this season. The Eagles and Cowboys are arguably top 3 in the league with a slight edge to Philadelphia after last season.

DEFENSIVE LINE

The Eagles are the clear-cut winner here with a fierce and deep rotation. The rest of the teams all have solid pieces but not necessarily a complete unit.

LINEBACKERS

This is probably the biggest debate to be had. However, the Eagles play in a sub-package 70% of the time, meaning they only have 3 LBs on the field 30% of the time. So, when you compare Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham as the mainstays vs the rest of the division they rank pretty high. Redskins have put a lot into the position as well.

CORNERBACK

Josh Norman and Orlando Scandrick will likely be the best tandem in the division until the Eagles see exactly what Sidney Jones will bring to the table. The Eagles may be the deepest team at the position.

SAFETIES

Landon Collins may be the best secondary player in the division. However, there is a strong case to be made for the Eagles once again.

SPECIAL TEAMS

With the loss of Donnie Jones, The Eagles have an unknown at Punter. Jake Elliott was a fantastic addition last year but Dan Bailey is the best kicker in the NFC East. Eagles have one of the best special teams coaches and units in the league.

 

More to come.

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