5 offensive gamers with one thing to show

5 Eagles on offense with one thing to show in 2022 initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

We’re nearly a month away from the start of coaching camp and the thrill surrounding the Eagles’ season is palpable.

The Eagles have added loads of massive items to their roster and lots of contemplate them to be critical contenders to win the NFC East and to make a run within the playoffs.

However there are many gamers who’ve one thing to show, for numerous causes, going into coaching camp in 2022.

Listed here are 5 on offense, in alphabetical order:

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

The Eagles ’2019 second-round choose is operating out of possibilities. This offseason, JJAW formally switched positions from huge receiver to tight finish. It is not a simple transition however there have been hints in how the Eagles used him final season. Arcega-Whiteside in 2021 performed 170 offensive snaps however caught simply two passes. His position was as a blocking receiver for the Eagles’ heavy-running assault. After the season ended, head coach Nick Sirianni known as JJAW the “enforcer” amongst their receivers. So it was considerably pure for him to vary positions to tight finish.

However none of which means his transition goes to be simple. Dallas Goedert is entrenched because the Eagles’ high tight finish, they carry again final 12 months’s No. 2 Jack Stoll and likewise drafted Grant Calcaterra within the sixth spherical. They usually even have Richard Rodgers, Noah Togiai and a recovering Tyree Jackson (ACL) on the roster. So JJAW faces an uphill battle and his rookie contract now not protects his roster spot the way in which it did final season. This coaching camp and maybe throughout the season, Arcega-Whiteside must show that he’s an NFL tight finish. Neglect about his being a second-round choose, that is nearly him looking for a roster spot in Philadelphia or elsewhere.

Jalen Hurts

The Eagles have been fairly clear – no less than publicly – all offseason that Hurts is their man going into the 2022 season. However after that? Nicely, that is what Hurts must show this season: That is an actual franchise quarterback. Hurts undoubtedly did some good issues final 12 months, his first as a full-time NFL beginning quarterback. However there are additionally loads of areas that he wants to enhance. If he would not, then there’s an excellent likelihood the Eagles will not give him an extension and can probably look elsewhere to seek out their franchise quarterback. So there’s an terrible lot using on the 2022 season for the 23-year-old quarterback.

The Eagles have been impressed by Hurts’ work ethic and the strategy he is taken this offseason. They honestly imagine that Hurts will maximize his potential, however they won’t know the way good he could be. With the addition of AJ Brown this offseason, Hurts has some spectacular weapons (Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders, Quez Watkins, and many others.) in addition to an offensive line thought-about to be the most effective in the complete league. That additionally means there can be no excuses if Hurts cannot carry out at the next stage in 2022. Of all of the gamers on this checklist, he is the obvious.

Jalen Reagor

The Eagles went into final season with some hope for his or her 2020 first-round choose. In any case, he had some good moments in coaching camp – together with a few spectacular one-handed catches – and there have been no less than some causes to imagine he’d be capable of present why the Eagles drafted him at No. 21 general. It did not go very properly. Reagor ended up having a fair worse second NFL season that adopted a disappointing rookie marketing campaign. In 2021, Reagor managed to catch simply 33 passes for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He additionally struggled as a punt and kick returner.

Coming into this season, although, expectations could not be any decrease for Reagor and possibly that’ll assist. Whereas he was the No. 2 receiver going into his second season, he is the No. 5 on the roster proper now behind AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal. He’s not a certain factor to make the roster however his contract state of affairs will probably assist him stick. He in all probability will not see the sphere a lot on offense if the unit stays wholesome however nonetheless has an opportunity to be a return man. Reagor may have an opportunity in camp and possibly within the season to show that he’s not an entire NFL bust. He’ll probably by no means stay as much as his draft standing however that is about simply sticking within the league.

Miles Sanders

When he’s on the sphere, Sanders has confirmed himself to be a productive NFL operating again. Over the past two years, amongst gamers with 150+ carries, Sanders ’yards-per-carry common of 5.4 is second within the NFL behind Nick Chubb (5.6) and simply forward of Taylor (5.3). However as he enters a contract 12 months, Sanders merely must show he can keep on the sphere. If he does, he has an opportunity to money in.

After taking part in in all 16 video games as a rookie, Sanders performed in simply 12 in every of the final two seasons. Give Sanders credit score for speeding again from a damaged hand and surgical procedure late final season to return for the playoffs sport, however the quantity of accidents is the priority, particularly for a participant at his place. Within the final couple of years, Sanders has had hamstring, knee and ankle accidents along with that damaged hand.

Isaac Seumalo

After some struggles early in his profession, the 2016 second-round choose settled down and have become a reasonably stable beginning left guard for the Eagles in 2018 and 2019. However he managed to play simply 9 video games in 2020 and suffered a Lisfranc harm in Week 3 of the 2021 season. And as soon as rookie Landon Dickerson acquired into that spot, he performed extraordinarily properly and now the Eagles aren’t shifting him from that place. They hope he’ll maintain down the left guard spot for the subsequent decade.

In order that leaves Seumalo, 28, as the favourite to win the precise guard spot as he comes again from a really critical harm. Not solely does Seumalo must show that he is able to taking part in on the precise facet of the road, however he additionally has to show that he is value his $ 5.65 million base wage. He additionally has to show that he is absolutely recovered from the Lisfranc harm and might keep wholesome, one thing he hasn’t been in a position to do in current seasons.

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