Eagles 2022 Training Camp
2022 Season Recap
The Eagles are nothing if not consistent. For the third straight season, the Eagles finished 8-8. Consistency itself is a good thing, but when you are hovering at .500 for three consecutive seasons, consistency is not what you are looking for unless of course it is a consistent improvement which this is not.
The Eagles started out with two losses, both within the division to the Redskins and Giants. The Eagles then turned around the season with three straight wins against the Falcons, Bears, and Giants. The Eagles proceded to lose six more games including five against top ten teams ending with the 8-8 record.
QB-Ricky Stanzi took over as the team's starting QB in week two. The Eagles came to the conclusion that going with a scrambler, in this case Malik McNabb was not going to be in the best interests of the team moving forward, so they made the change. Stanzi did not have an outstanding season, but the major advantage of having Stanzi, or for that matter a non-scrambler at QB is the development of the young offensive line.
There was a welcome addition to the WR core in rookie Leonte Carroo. The Eagles WR core has long been a work in progress but Carroo was a bright spot with 1241 yards receiving which led the team. Outside of Carroo there really wasn't an outstanding offensive player statistically.
On the defensive side the ball there was also a lot of disappointment. None of the secondary had standout seasons and while you could argue that Fletcher Cox had a good season along the defensive line, DeAngelo Hardy suffered through a mediocre season although he finished strong with nine sacks in his last seven games. Hardy must be a dominant player if the defense is to be effective.
2022 Season Preview
Here's a look at the starting lineup for the Eagles first on the offensive side of the ball.
Freeman has the edge right now as the starter, but just barely. The Eagles know what Stanzi can bring and are interested to see what Freeman can do.
The former 2nd overall pick is looking to add to his back to back to back 1400 yards seasons. There's no doubt that Hill has the highest total contract on the team so there is some pressure on him to perform.
Bolivar has been a good FB who has been worth his 3rd round selection. He and Hill will need to team up to be better in 2022 though if the Eagles are to take significant steps forward.
As mentioned before Carroo was really the lone bright spot on the offensive side of the ball. Can he repeat or even improve upon his rookie campaign?
Another season, another starter at WR. Shaw is an established big possession WR who has good strength like Carroo. We'll see if that helps the Eagles passing attack.
Davis has become a trusted, solid tight end in Philly. He's one piece of a less than elite offense that can be relied upon.
This is Collins fourth year in Philly and he's looking to build on an impressive 2022 and lead the young but talented line.
The other offensive linemen in the 2019 draft class, Higbee has turned out to be a real value. He still needs to work a bit on his blocking skills, but he has all the tools. Last season he spent some time out with injury, but the Eagles are hopeful he will be injury free in 2022.
Reese in entering his fifth season in Philly and has been a good fit with both Collins and Higbee.
* (R) RG-Ethan Pocic-
Pocic is an elite offensive guard taken in the first round of this year's draft. He should fit well with his relatively high awareness.
Lawrence has the longest tenure of any of the offensive line. There was some discussion about moving him this offseason, but ultimately the Eagles kept him and they are glad they did.
So the offense is returning eight of last year's starters and the same thing is true on the defensive side of the ball.
This is Hardy's fourth season and he is ready to become the dominant players the Eagles drafted him to be at least that's the way the last seven games went. Frankly, he's got to be dominant to help out the secondary.
Harry is a solid but unspectacular defensive tackle, but he has the ability to play well in his role.
* DT-Brandon Williams-
Veteran defensive tackle Williams has been brought in to bring stability to the run defense. He's a strong run stopper who can hopefully give the linebackers room to make plays.
* (R) RE-Johnathan Allen-
The Eagles needed to have some starters that weren't making a ton of money. Last year Allen Bailey manned this position, but his salary number was prohibitive, so in comes Allen. Can he do the job? Not sure yet, but he'll be given an opportunity to do so.
This is Tuputala's fifth season in Philly and he has been a great find in the 3rd round. Despite his low acceleration he is a productive OLB in the league.
Mosley has been a force from day one. If he continues to play like the way he has, he will be another huge piece to what will hopefully be a resurgent defense.
Holliday is in his second season in Philly and Eagles management is happy with how year one went. Holliday's contract situation is worth watching as he needs a long-term deal, but for now he has received the franchise tag and has a one-year contract.
Three years ago, the Eagles took a gamble on him in the 2nd round and it has paid off big-time. Riveria will again anchor the Eagles secondary in 2022.
* (R) CB-Fraison White-
It's fairly rare that the Eagles will throw a rookie into a starting role, particularly at such a key position, but White has the attributes to be successful. He's strong with good speed and is a sure tackler. He's actually similar to Riveria in many ways. If White struggles, Wren-Wilson can step in.
The third year 2nd round pick played well in his first season as a starter. The Eagles were intentional in grooming him and he looks ready.
Mann is entering his eighth season in Eagles colors. He is a towering SS at 6'4" and has become one of the few veterans on this defense.
This defense needs to reestablish itself and quickly if the Eagles are to have a shot at the playoffs in 2022.