Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffWarnerNFL for all the latest on the Eagles and the NFL! Follow All About the Birds on Twitter @AATBirds and Facebook! We are just a few short days away to finally some normalcy with the NFL finally returning. The last moment of football we saw was over seven months ago seeing former Eagles Head Coaching Great Andy Reid finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy with the Kansas City Chiefs. It has only been three seasons since we saw the Philadelphia Eagles end the season as the last one standing but still feels so long ago at the same time. Last year they went on December run into the playoffs as NFC East Champs but lost in the first round to the Seattle Seahawks after franchise QB Carson Wentz was knocked out of the game with a concussion and the constant debate all offseason, is Carson Wentz an Elite Quarterback and will he not only lead the Eagles to another divisional crown but will he finally get over the hump and lead Philadelphia on a deep playoff run? Philadelphia Eagles 2020 Preview: Offense- QB Carson Wentz has shown that he can be an elite quarterback in this league. He has all the tools and tangibles be be one of the greats. The one thing that is holding him back is slow starts and inconsistency. The 2017 MVP candidate rebounded well from a midseason play last year and we saw his best football in the month of December. Returning out of the backfield is running back Miles Sanders who had an impressive rookie season in a shared role and will be asked to take on a much bigger role this season. The Eagles drafted speedy WR Jalen Reagor in the first round of April's Draft and bring back veteran deep threat Desean Jackson who missed almost all of last season, along with tight end tandem Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. There is no denying the talent the Eagles have at offense and they should be able to put up points this season. What is concerning is the protection up front with the makeshift offensive line. Former All Pro Jason Peters is back following the injury to All Pro Brandon Brooks and is now at left tackle after switching from RG at the last minute. Versatile olineman Matt Pryor will likely be starter at RG. Can this line protect Carson up front, who has shown his durability issues in the past, from getting knocked around and allowing these deep routes to develop to allow the big plays? If he goes down can 2nd round pick QB Jalen Hurts and Nate Sudfeld handle the starting duties? We can only hope but I still expect Philadelphia to be one of the top offenses in the league in 2020. Defense- The Eagles defense has alot of question marks entering 2020. Can this linebacker group go out there and perform? Can Jalen Mills transition from corner to the safety position? Will the lack of depth in the secondary come back to bite them? Can Derek Barnett live up to the potential the Eagles saw in him when they drafted him in the 1st round? Those are all yet to be seen until they step out on that field week 1. Thankfully they brought in veteran All Pro CB Darius Slay who Jim Schwartz coached briefly in his time with Detroit. The Eagles arguably have the best interior defensive line in all of football with Fletcher Cox, newly acquired Javon Hargrave and returning Malik Jackson. The Eagles most talent part of the defense and possibly the roster is their defensive front. I don't see an issue the Eagles getting to the QB which like they say a great pass rush helps your secondary. It's just going to be interesting to see how this unit gels together with the new pieces in place and if they can get back to that Philly style of defense.
3 Bold Predictions for the Eagles in 2020:
- QB Carson Wentz Wins his First Playoff Game as a Starter: It was disappointing for Wentz last season to make it back to the playoffs and get knocked out the game with an injury. The man is on a mission and not only do I see the Eagles returning to the playoffs for a 4th straight season but finally slaying the dragon and at least winning one playoff game.
-Miles Sanders Eclipses 2000 Yards From Scrimmage: The 2nd year back talked about this season racking up 2000 yards from scrimmage in 2020 and I think he can do it. Last season he compiled over 1300 yards(11 starts) and in 5 games last season he had over 100 total yards in a shared role. With him being the primary back, I see him getting some serious consideration for NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
-Eagles Will Have a Top 10 Defense in Points Allowed:
I know there is plenty of concerns with the Eagles defense including from myself. Last season the Eagles D finished 10th in total defense and 3rd against the rush but 19th against the pass and 15th in points allowing 22.1 a game. But I th