Eagles only earn ‘A’ in NFC East as offseason ratings handed out

The offseason bulletin has arrived for all four NFC East teams.

There was an A, and it belongs to the Eagles.

It’s hard not to like what general manager Howie Roseman has done to improve the roster, using all three maneuvers at his disposal – free agency, the trade market and the draft.

SI Fan Nation team editors who cover every team in the division (Ed Kracz – Eagles), Patricia Traina (Giants) and Mike Fisher (Cowboys and Commanders) also came together for a video to answer a question – our favorite shot and worst move of the offseason for each team.

You can watch that video here as well as see the breakdown of each team’s editor or contributor.

NFC IS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Key additions: AJ Brown, WR (trade); Haason Reddick, EDGE (FA); James Bradberry, CB (FA); Kyzir White, LB (FA), Zach Pascal, WR (FA); Jaquiski Tartt, S (FA); Jordan Davis, DL (draft); LB Nakobe Dean, LB (draft)

Key losses: Brandon Brooks, G (retired); Rodney McLeod, S (FA); Steven Nelson, BC (FA); Alex Singleton, LB (FA); Hassan Ridgeway, DT (FA); Genard Avery, LB (FA)

Off-season classification: A. Somewhat surprisingly, the Eagles jumped into the fight for a Super Bowl this year, bolstering the defense and acquiring Brown, who is one of the game’s best pass catchers. They could have gone the draft route again for another receiver to partner with DeVonta Smith and waited for the development to happen, but decided to deal for Brown and sign him to a $100 million extension. .

Same thing in defense.

The Eagles could have been content to put a second-year CB such as Zech McPhearson or Tay Gowan against Pro Bowler Darius Slay and live with the growing pains.

Instead, they signed veteran Bradberry to give the Eagles a pair of potential stopping corners. The addition of Reddick and the return of veteran Brandon Graham from a torn Achilles that cost him his 2021 season should help a passing rush that finished second to last in the league with just 29.

Davis is also expected to become a three-tryer and will be key amid defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s odd fronts.

Biggest unanswered question: Will be all new plays fit and can sophomore head coach Nick Sirianni, who has been handed a team that looks like it could struggle on paper, manage the expectations, which are off the charts at Philadelphia right now?

With the exception of right guard, where Brooks’ retreat will open up a battle to begin between Isaac Seumalo and Jack Driscoll, starting points are mostly solidified, so camp will be devoted to identifying the depth behind the starters, especially at receiver, tight end and linebacker. —Ed Kracz

Fantastic fact: In the first six weeks of last season, the Eagles offense ranked 10th in passing percentage and 23rd in rushing percentage. In their last 11 games, however, they’ve ranked last in passing percentage and led the league in rushing percentage.

With the addition of Brown, fantasy fans should hope the team uses a more balanced offense in 2022. – Michael Fabiano, Senior Fantasy Analyst for Sports Illustrated

Eagles Today: More on Philadelphia’s offseason

DALLAS COWBOYS

Key additions: Dalton Schultz, TE (franchise label); Leighton Vander Esch, LB (FA); Malik Hooker, S (FA); Durance Armstrong, DE (FA); Michael Gallup, WR (FA); James Washington, WR (FA); Jayron Kearse, S (FA); Tyler Smith, occupational therapist (draft)

Key losses: Amari Cooper, WR (trade), La’el Collins, OT (FA); Connor Williams, OL (FA); Cedrick Wilson, WR (FA); Randy Gregory, DE (FA)

Off season rating: C. The Cowboys’ offseason theme has been losing more players than they gain. Key pieces from last season have disappeared on both sides of the ball, including Cooper and Collins in attack and Gregory in defence.

The offensive line was on the verge of questionable status last season with age and injury catching up with Tyron Smith and the lackluster performance of center Tyler Biadasz. Dallas drafted Smith at No. 24, but that’s generally considered a stretch. While Smith might work, the pick seemed like a reach.

Dallas traded Cooper and most of the receiver experience with him. He will rely on CeeDee Lamb – in only his third professional season – to take over. Tolbert was taken in the third round but if he can’t contribute immediately, this team is in trouble. Michael Gallup will not be available to start the season due to his Week 17 ACL injury last season.

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Biggest unanswered question: Can Dak Prescott stay healthy? Prescott started last season making an early case for MVP until he injured his calf throwing the game-winning touchdown in overtime at Lamb against the Patriots. Prescott was never the same again. Prescott needs to get back to his early 2021 form and a lot of that will come down to the health and performance of the offensive line in front of him, which is also a big question. — Tim Hamm

Fantastic fact: Ezekiel Elliott was seventh in fantasy points among running backs last season, and he’s now only finished ninth in every NFL season he’s played at least 15 games. Still, his second-half struggles and the emergence of Tony Pollard have Elliott’s ADP 2022 in the third or fourth round. It could be a robbery. — fabiano

Cowboys Country: Learn more about Dallas’ offseason

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
Key additions: Carson Wentz, QB (trade); Jahan Dotson, WR (draft); Andrew Norwell, OL (FA); Trai Turner, OL (FA)
Key losses: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB (retired); DeAndre Carter, WR (FA); Brandon Scherff, OL (FA); Landon Collins, S (released)

Off-season rating: B- Washington didn’t do much with its offseason, opting for one big move over several small ones. With Wentz adding $28 million to the cap space, there wasn’t much wiggle room to make any other moves. Although there were other potential quarterback upgrades for this offseason, Washington opted to make it an asset-friendly one, trading two third-round picks for its new quarterback. Wentz has a year to prove himself. If he doesn’t, commanders can tap into the charged QB class of 2023.

Biggest unanswered question: Will COs sign a veteran linebacker? Ron Rivera has hinted several times this offseason about wanting to add a veteran linebacker.

The team drafted Jamin Davis in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he migrated to his more natural position on the outside.

Cole Holcomb got the lion’s share of first-team reps but it doesn’t look like he won the starting job. He’ll have to do it in training camp or the team might look outside the organization to a linebacker like Anthony Barr or Deion Jones. — Jeremy Brener

Fantastic fact: Antonio Gibson finished 10th in fantasy points among running backs last season, but he was woefully inconsistent. In fact, he scored under 12 points on seven occasions and was held in single digits in six of those games. With JD McKissic in the mix and Brian Robinson selected in the draft, Gibson’s touchdown share in 2022 could decline. — fabiano

washington football: Learn more about Washington’s offseason

NEW YORK GIANTS

Key additions: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge (draft); Evan Neal, occupational therapist (draft); Daniel Bellinger, TE (draft), OC Jon Feliciano (UFA), G Mark Glowinski, G (UFA)

Key losses: Austin Johnson, DT (UFA, Chargers), Logan Ryan, S (released), Evan Engram, TE (FA), Keion Crossen, DB/STs (UFA, Miami)

Off-season rating: B-. New chief executive Joe Schoen was significantly crippled, thanks to the previous regime’s bold but unsuccessful gamble to stretch the salary cap to enlist the help of veterans.

Schoen has been stockpiling draft picks, filling them with prospects that fill many holes on the roster. He also eliminated veterans such as Ryan who were no longer part of the team’s long-term plans to straighten the cap in the future.

It will take time for everything to materialize, but initial feelings are that Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll have a long-term vision similar to how the Bills, their former team, were built from the bottom up. .

Biggest unanswered question: Can Daboll and Schoen save Daniel Jones?

After co-owner John Mara admitted that the previous regime had done everything possible to screw up Jones, Schoen and Daboll did everything they could to reinforce those around him to give him the best chance of success.

That includes a system that Jones himself also helped develop, a better offensive line and the freedom to return to his rookie season gunning ways. But can Jones take that long-awaited step forward and be the quarterback the organization has always envisioned him to become?

If he can, he’ll get a good payday and the Giants will be ready to move on. If he can’t, the Giants potentially consider starting over with a new franchise quarterback in 2023. — Patricia Traina

Fantastic fact: In his first two NFL seasons, Saquon Barkley averaged 4.8 yards per carry and produced a total of 3,169 scrimmage yards in 29 games. In his final two seasons, he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry with a combined 950 yards from scrimmage in just 15 games.

Barkley is still in the first three to four rounds in most fantasy drafts. — fabiano

Land of the Giants: More information on the New York offseason

Ed Kracz is SI.com’s Fan Nation Eagles Today editor and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles Where www.eaglesmaven.com and follow him on Twitter: @kracze.

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