2017 Preseason Opener: A look at the Philadelphia Eagles offense


A deemed questionable offense can now be put to the test. Will the Philadelphia Eagles offense give fans a taste ofa promising year?

Coming into the 2017 preseason opener, fans will get to experience the new and improved Philadelphia Eagles, especially offensively. Now, that the front office has made some moves to improve the offense, there is a chance to see what is possibly in store for this 2017 NFL season.

During the 2016 Philadelphia Eagles season, it was clear that the offense lacked consistency and missed several opportunities to secure a win. There were wins, but there were also painful losses, which ultimately resulted ending the season with a losing record of 7-9.

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Last season, quarterback Carson Wentz had a total of 3,782 yards with a completion percentage of 62.4 and a QBR 55.4. He had 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, via ESPN. Coming into his second year, his throws and decision making should be more accurate, now having a full year’s experience under his belt. With depth on the line and a power back, it is expected that Wentz will make some plays.

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The non-existent running game now has the potential to actually exist this season. In the running back position, Eagles now have LeGarrette Blount. Blount’s 2016 season consisted of a total of 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with a Super Bowl championship. The running back position was definitely an issue this past season, and a powerful running back like Blount can turn things around.

The deep threats Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith should make a big difference on the field.  Alshon Jeffery is back at practice, after a shoulder injury during training camp. As long as there is a healthy Jeffrey, the duo should be the missing puzzle pieces the Eagles have been looking for.

So where does this leave wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor?

It appears that Matthews and Agholor will be catching passes in the slot due to the additions of the veteran wide outs. These two have both been critiqued for some dropped passes during critical moments of the game.

Agholor should definitely be getting some touches during preseason, while last season was rather unimpressive with a total of 365 yards and two touchdowns. Confidence may have been an issue that Agholor was facing on the field. So it will be interesting to see how thing pan out during the preseason.

After all the issues the Eagles have last year, fans will be looking forward to seeing how the offense has changed, whether it is for better or worse.

The preseason opener is against the Green Bay Packers. When it comes to the Green Bay Packers, most know what can be expected: big plays from Aaron Rodgers. Although Rodgers may or may not play in the opener, most expectations of the Green Bay Packers are quite high. The Packers finished first in the NFC North in 2016 with a record 10-6, and was knocked out of the playoffs in the NFC Championship.

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Preseason is here, and the players will be evaluated, as we get down to the final 53 man roster.  The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, in the Preseason opener on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Kickoff is at 8:00 ET.