In 2013, turnover was a big part of the the Eagles’ worst-to-first turnaround. Sure, Chip Kelly and a new regime will get a majority of the credit for that-as they should-but breakout seasons from the trio of Nick Foles, Riley Cooper and Brandon Boykin were key in fueling that turnaround.
In 2014, year two of Kelly’s regime, I’d be shocked if we saw anyone have the type of breakout season that Foles did last year. Only a handful, if that many, have ever broke-out to the tune of the Pro-Bowl season that Foles had last year. Even asking for a Boykin-type breakout, when he turned into the best nickel corner in the NFL, might be a tad much to expect. Expecting a Cooper-type breakout, whether it is from someone that is a receiver or not, might be the best we get in 2014. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
With all that in mind, sometimes in Philly we like to be optimistic, and for the Eagles to take the next step in 2014, more than one person is going to have to step up. I didn’t press myself on that question, because I’m in charge. Instead, I chose to just say that Zach Ertz, Chris Polk, Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox will continue to progress, without the Eagles seeing anyone drastically breakout in 2014.
Two of our other writers, weren’t as lucky, as I forced them to single-out one player, who they think will breakout.
If healthy, Wolff should have an opportunity to serve alongside Brandon Boykin as the primary playmaker in the
defensive secondary. The second-year safety from N.C. State has shown that he does not shy away from contact and demonstrated solid instincts when he was on the field. The addition of Malcolm Jenkins to go along with the pending competition with Nate Allen should benefit the defensive back as he tries to put an injury-riddled 2013 behind him. Though there is not much as far as top-end, notable talent on the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles do have a handful of candidates who can shed the ‘promising young player’ label with a strong 2014 showing. As long as Wolff remains healthy, I predict he will unseat Nate Allen as starting safety and start the long-awaited process of providing the Eagles with a playmaker from the safety position.