As training camp begins, many eyes are focused on the obvious key players, such as Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox. But if the Eagles are going to make a serious Super Bowl run, it’s going to have take good seasons from some not always in the spotlight.
Here are five to look for:
- Dallas Goedert: The second year right end probably won’t be featured much on game days, but he is talented enough to be a big piece in what is expected to be a lethal offense. I think he’ll sneak in close to 10 touchdowns.
- Avante Maddox: The diminutive second year safety/defensive back proved to be quite a playmaker last season in an injury-riddled defensive backfield. While there are many competing for spots there, look for Maddox to become a reliable piece.
- Darren Sproles: Is it fair to expect anything from the 36-year old? Maybe not, but I am. If he can give the Birds that threat as a punt returner that he has always provided, it could make an already explosive offense just about unstoppable. And I can still see him catching screens and turning them into big yards.
- Isaac Seumalo: Now anchored as the starting left guard, an improved Seumalo would go a long way towards solidifying the left side of the line that most likely will have to make due at times without aging Jason Peters.
- Brandon Graham: Yes, the veteran defensive end has been solid for a long time, but the Eagles may need more than that from him after the departures of Chris Long and Michael Bennett. Not sure the Eagles were going to re-sign him after last season, Graham returns with an appreciative chip on his shoulder, wanting to show the organization that their bringing him back was the right choice.
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