Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 05: Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 05, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This week we have looked at what both the Phillies and Sixers would look like if they could only use local players. The Phillies were a top-heavy mess, with 6-star players and not much else. It turned out a bit better for the Sixers. Not well enough that they would be competing for a championship. Will it go better for the Eagles though? Can we put together a Super Bowl roster made out of guys who come from Eastern Pa, South Jersey, and Delaware?

High school and College Football is nowhere near as big up here as it is down south. Which is why you tend to see a lot of the best Football players hail from those southern states. But that doesn’t mean there is no talent to be found around here. And unlike baseball, Football can actually be played year-round in our area.

The Eagles may actually be the team that wound up with the best roster in this experiment. Not a perfect roster by any means, and there are some big holes. But in this current NFL, with how flawed most teams are, they could maybe make some noise. Their WR, RB, and DL room could even be called elite. They may struggle in pass coverage. But with their edge rushers, QBs won’t have much time to find open WRs. And they will be very hard to run on.

The rules are if you are closer to Philly than any other team’s city, you qualify to play for the Eagles. So even if something feels more like New York territory, or Pittsburgh territory, if you can get into a car and drive to Philly faster than you can get to the other city city, you are an Eagle.

Here is what the Philadelphia Eagles would look like if they could only use local players:

  • QB- Bryce Young- Philadelphia, PA

    TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 03: Bryce Young #9 of the Carolina Panthers looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.

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    Go back a decade, and the Eagles would have a couple of great options at QB in either Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco, But Ryan is retired, and Flacco probably should be. Instead, their best option is the guy who just went 1st overall. Young is not having a good rookie season. But to be fair they gave him no weapons and no O-Line. Maybe on a better team, things would be going better for him. He was a Heisman winner in College, and the first overall pick for a reason. It is way too early to give on him, and Young may lead this hypothetical Eagles team places.

  • WR- Chris Godwin- Middletown, DE

    TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 18: Chris Godwin #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball during the first quarter in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (

    (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

    Young has not one to throw to with the Panthers, but he sure would have targets on this team. Starting with Godwin who has been a top WR for a few years now. He is having a down year by his standards. But he reached 1000 yards in 3 of the last 5 seasons and missed 4 games in one of the ones he didn’t get to 1000. Godwin is twice as good as any WR Young is throwing too right now.

  • WR- DJ Moore- Philadelphia, PA

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 10:  DJ Moore #2 of the Chicago Bears reacts after a first down against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Soldier Field on September 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

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    The Panthers traded DJ Moore away to get up and get Bryce Young. Simultaneously dooming Young to the Panthers and taking away the best WR they had. Even on the Bears, Moore has 70 catches for 1,003 yards and 6 TDSs,. Pair him with Godwin, and Rashee Rice in the slot, and the Eagles have a pretty deadly trio at WR.

  • WR- Rashee Rice- Philadelphia, Pa

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 26: Wide receiver Rashee Rice #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 31-17.

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    Rice has been the lone bright spot at WR for the Chiefs. He has been inconsistent. But he is also a rookie and has no other WRs to take pressure off of him on that team. But put him on a field with Moore and Godwin, suddenly things should open up for him. Rice has good speed, and decent hands. Even as a rookie, we can see the potential.

  • RB- D'Andre Swift- Philadelphia. Pa

    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 20: D'Andre Swift #0 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on November 20, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Some local guys are already in Philly, like D’Andre Swift. Swift started this season on an absolute tear. But lately, he has struggled a bit. How much of that is him, and how much of it is the scheme or O-Line is unclear. He is not the same guy we saw putting up huge numbers over the first 5 weeks though. Still, he ranks near the top of the league in most rushing stats and is dangerous every time he touches the ball. And in this case, he will have a very good RB to share carries with, taking some of the pressure off of him.

  • RB- Isiah Pacheco- Vineland, NJ

    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 20: Isiah Pacheco #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on November 20, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri

    (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

    Eagles fans are all too familiar with how good Pacheco is. He ran all over the Eagles in the Super Bowl and in their game this season. But imagine how much we would love him if he was an Eagle. He is exactly the type of back Philly fans love. Explosive, but also capable of running people over. And pairing him and Swift would give the Eagles one of the best RB rooms in the league in this hypothetical scenario.

  • TE- Kyle Pitts- Philadelphia, Pa

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 15: Kyle Pitts #8 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown over Benjamin St-Juste #25 of the Washington Commanders during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 15, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    When Pitts came into the NFL, he got more hype than any TE in years. He has not lived up to it. Just 4 TDs in 3 seasons so far. But in fairness to him, the QB play in Atlanta has been awful in that time. As has the coaching. When we see them also struggling to find good ways to use Bijan Robinson, you know there is a problem. The talent level here is still super high. And were he on a team with great WR play and a QB with a high ceiling, maybe he would look better.

  • RT- Brian O'Neill- Wilmington, De

    LANDOVER, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian O'Neill #75 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after the game against the against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.

    (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    Brian O’Neill is quietly one of the better pass-blocking Tackles in the league. He is second among tackles in pass block win rate (96%). Bryce Young will certainly appreciate having a stout pass protector. Though his RT Taylor Moton is maybe the lone guy he has along his current O-line who actually does a decent job protecting him. But O’Neill still represents an upgrade. This Eagles O-Line won’t be anywhere near as good as what they have now., but O’Neill is a solid start to building an All-Local Line.

  • RG- Justin Pugh- Holland, Pa

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22: Justin Pugh #67 of the New York Giants s enters the field before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles their game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    Pugh has managed to stick in the NFL as a starter for a while now, and there is something to be said for that. He is just okay enough to not lose the job. But Pugh has been an issue at times when in the lineup. In this season he has given up 5 sacks over 7 games. Not ideal. Parents in Philly need to start feeding their kids more meat and potatoes so we can have more Offensive Guards coming out of the area. If only this was an All-Time roster, then we could have put Jahari Evans here instead.

  • C- Jimmy Morrisey- Huntingdon Valley, Pa

    HENDERSON, NEVADA - JULY 28: Jimmy Morrissey #65 of the Las Vegas Raiders adjusts his helmet during training camp at the Las Vegas Raiders Headquarters/Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center on July 28, 2021 in Henderson, Nevada.

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    At least Pugh is a starter. At center the Eagles had to settle for the Texans backup center who has barely played so far in his career and has not looked great when he did get on the field. But the center options were that poor from the area. In fact, from Pro Football Reference, he was literally the only option I could find from either Eastern Pa, South NJ, or Delaware. All the other Center options were closer to Pittsburgh or New York. And for what it is worth, and even they weren’t great options.

  • LG- Jonah Jackson- Media, Pa

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 18: Jonah Jackson #73 of the Detroit Lions in action against the New York Jets during the first half of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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    Jonah Jackson has played 7 games for the Lions this year and is credited with just 1 sack in those games. And he is the one guy along this line with a Pro Bowl under his belt. They will be pretty weak at RG and Center. But 3 out of the 5 spots on this line are solid. And with what Bryce Young has gone through this season, I’m sure he would take a solid O-Line.

  • LT- Mike McGlinchey- Philadelphia, Pa

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    You can do a lot worse than McGlinchey at LT. He is usually a RT, but he ends up getting bumped over to the Left here because he was better than their options at LT. And for a while now McGlinchey has been a solid tackle. Not a superstar, but dependable against both the run and the pass. And he would be an upgrade over who Bryce Young has protecting him now.

  • DE- Haason Reddick- Camden, NJ

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: Haason Reddick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his sack of Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams on fourth down, late during the fourth quarter in a 23-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 08, 2023 in Inglewood, California.

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    Now we get to the bets part of this team. The Eagles All-Local D-Line is very good. Starting with a guy already on the Eagles, Haason Reddick. Since 2020, Reddick is 3rd among all Pass Rushers in sacks. And we have seen him make big plays against the run too. Reddick is among the best active player to come out of this area. He stayed local to play College ball at Temple. Left for a bit after being drafted, but eventually found his way back. And we should be very grateful for it.

  • DT- Christian Barmore- Philadelphia, Pa

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 17: Christian Barmore #90 of the New England Patriots looks on from the bench during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 17, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

    (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    It took Barmore a bit to get going, but in year 3 he is living up to his potential. It is going under the radar, because he plays for an awful Patriots team. But after an injury riddled 2nd season, he has broken out this season. 4 sacks, and 4 run stuffs are just the tip of the iceberg for how well he has played this season. He has grown into a true 3-down defender, and putting him in between Reddick and Parsons would make for a very effective D-Line.

  • DT- Sebastian Joseph Day- Stroudsburg, Pa

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 29: Sebastian Joseph-Day #51 of the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Inglewood, California.

    (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Is Sebastian Joseph-Day a star? No, But he has grown into a Solid DT. Good against the run, solid as a pass rusher. And when he is playing with 3 guys who have star power on the rest of the line, you can get by with solid.

  • DE- Micah Parsons, Harrisburg, Pa

    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 24: Linebacker Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts to a sack against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 28-16.

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    I can already see some gripes about counting Harrisburg as Philly. But the rules stated are you go to what team’s city you are closer to. So while it may be 106 miles from Harrisburg to Philly, it is 203 miles to get to Pittsburgh. So Parsons is an Eagle. We may hate him because he is a Cowboy, but Parsons has a case for being the best defender, and one of the best players period in the NFL. And pairing him with Reddick will give the Eagles the most dangerous pass rush in the league.

  • LB- Alex Anzalone- Wyomissing, Pa

    DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 30: Alex Anzalone #34 of the Detroit Lions celebrates in the fourth quarter after sacking Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the Las Vegas Raiders at Ford Field on October 30, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan.

    (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Funny enough, if Eagles only had local players, Linebacker would go from their weakest spot, to one of their best. The Eagles have spent years stubbornly refusing to address line backer. But Alex Anzalone would be way better than any guy they have this year. He is in the midst of a career year with the Lions. He is solid across all aspects of the the game for an Off-Ball Linebacker.

  • LB- Zaire Franklin- Philadelphia, Pa

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 28: Zaire Franklin #44 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after sacking Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

    Franklin just has a nose for the Football. 130 tackles already this season, with 5 games to go. Nearly twice as many as any Eagles linebacker has. Having these two linebackers behind that D-Line, is going to go a long way to stopping the run, and getting after the QB. Which is good. Because as we are about to see, this team will have some issues in the secondary.

  • CB- Eli Apple- Philadelphia, Pa

    ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Eli Apple #20 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York.

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    Someone recently said to me that Eli Apple has been bad for more teams than anyone in NFL history. And it feels so true. Every year he is on a new team, and somehow disappointing people. But he keeps getting starting jobs. Unfortunately, he is one of the Eagles 3 best options at CB. So here we are. The Eagles are one of those teams giving Eli Apple another chance for some reason.

  • CB- Bryce Hall- Harrisburg, Pa

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 15: Bryce Hall #37 of the New York Jets runs the ball after an interception during the fourth quarter in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

    Apple isn’t good. Hall has potential though. Go back to week 6 when both of the Jets starting corners were out, and we were so sure the Eagles would pass all over them. That did not happen. In part because Bryce Hall stepped up and had a great game. He picked off Hurts, and helped shut down a great Eagles duo at WR. Hall doesn’t start because he is behind Sauce Gardner and DJ Reed. But he has the making of a solid to great starter at Corner.

  • CB- Daryl Worley- Philadelphia Pa

    BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 11: Daryl Worley #41 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on after making an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Worley was actually and Eagles for about a month. But he never got to even play a snap for them after he was arrested for a DUI shortly after the trade and was promptly cut. Since he has bounced around from team to team, before settling down with the Ravens. When he has actually gotten on the field, he has been solid at times. Worley has also been used at Safety, but the Eagles needs for him are at corner. This year he has been solid in Baltimore. But having him and Eli Apple is not an inspiring CB combination. Hall is the only glimmer of hope at the position.

  • S- Kevin Byard- Philadelphia, Pa

    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 20: Safety Kevin Byard #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for wide receiver Justin Watson #84 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on November 20, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Another local guy who already happens to be on the team. Byard is not the All-Pro he once was once, and he has struggled a bit to adjust to the Eagles. But even now we have still seen him make a few big plays. Including a key interception against the Chiefs that kept points off of the board. Byard has not been the issue with the Eagles pass defense. In fact a lot of that goes on the linebackers, the slot corners, and occasionally Reed Blankenship.

  • S- Duron Harmon- Dover Delaware

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Duron Harmon #21 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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    Another guy on the older end for Safeties. But Duron Harmon helped the Patriots win 3 safeties as a part of their defense. He was never a star, but he was solid and dependable. And solid and dependable could get the job done with with the Eagles D-Line. An aging Byard and Harmon is not the best group at Safety. But it is also not the worst.

  • K- Brandon McManus- Philadelphia, Pa

    JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 04: Brandon McManus #10 of the Jacksonville Jaguars kicks a game-tying field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at EverBank Stadium on December 04, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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    McManus was the Broncos kicker for a decade. But then he had one down year, and they moved on. But he has bounced back with the Jaguars. The Eagles other option at kicker was Matt Amendola, but we have still not seen him prove he can be an NFL level kicker. McManus has the track record of a reliable kicker. He is not as good as Elliott, but few are.

  • P- Ryan Winslow- Maple Glen, Pa

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 24: Ryan Winslow #10 of the Carolina Panthers punts against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 24, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    The punter situation was desperate. They wound up having to pull a guy out of retirement because there were just no good options. Winslow played just two seasons, with a year off in between. He netted 39.3 yards. Hopefully the Eagles don’t have to punt that often. But they made it to the Super Bowl last season with the worst punter in the league.

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