As the Eagles approach the 2021 season with a second-year quarterback and first-year head coach, critics, and pundits have enjoyed writing the Birds off.
All successful teams need a lucky break, good luck, and breakout players to step up and play above their heads at times.
We’ve highlighted 10 players that must step up and have solid seasons for the Eagles to have any chance at a playoff spot.
An All-Pro left guard, Brooks missing the 2020 NFL season with an Achilles injury played a huge part in the Eagles falling apart upfront.
If regain his form, the Eagles will be solidified on the right side.
For the Eagles to truly be successful, Hurts has to play well, play with efficiency and avoid injury.
Joe Flacco taking meaningful snaps would be a disaster for Philadelphia.
Wilson has a chance to reverse the negative stereotypes that accompany Philadelphia linebackers on a national scale.
Acquired via trade, Avery isn’t a natural defensive end and will need to apply pressure from the linebacker position.
Maddox is a solid cornerback, but he needs to take the next step, and a move back to the slot or potentially at safety could open up the 2022 free agent for a huge season.
Barnett is entering a contract year and a double-digit performance in sacks could finally elevate the former Tennessee Vol to premiere status at his position.
Wallace has a ton of potential, and if he provides the Eagles will toughness and range at the safety position, Philadelphia could be a sleeper team.
Johnson can give the Eagles that physical style that’s been missing since LeGarrette Blount moved on.
If the Eagles don’t sign Steven Nelson before the season starts, McPhearson will have to hit the ground running at cornerback.
Slay doesn’t need to be an All-Pro or make the Pro Bowl, but the talented veteran cornerback can’t fall off the cliff as a player either.