Philadelphia Eagles prepare for the upcoming season

Philadelphia's NFL team looks forward to the new season.

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Philadelphia's NFL team looks forward to the new season.

Adam Dashevsky, Eastside Sports Editor

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Can you believe it? It has been seven months since the last time we were blessed with the ability to watch the Philadelphia Eagles grace the football field. We patiently watched the New England Patriots win another Super Bowl, the Golden State Warriors breeze through the Western Conference to win another NBA Championship, and we still must watch the Phillies sit in last place…again.

Through all of these pains, the Eagles have made some great moves during free agency. The biggest addition comes with the signing of former Chicago Bear, Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery signed a one-year $9.5 million deal. Eagles also acquired running back LeGarrette Blount from the Patriots. Blount finished as the eighth leader in rushing yards after he tallied 1161 yards last season. The Eagles also signed wide-receiver Torrey Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.

While there were many signings by the Eagles during free agency, there were also many departures. Eagles lost Connor Barwin, Bennie Logan, Nolan Carroll and Leodis McKelvin. Although the Eagles lost two starting corners in Carroll and McKelvin, they will hope rookie Sidney Jones will return soon after tearing his Achilles. Jones was projected to be a first-round pick until his injury before the draft.

Year number two of the Carson Wentz era will hopefully allow the 24-year-old quarterback to show off his new weapons at wide receiver. When Wentz has targets like Jeffery, Smith and more, the quarterback will finally be able to demonstrate his skills.

The rest of the Eagles offence will remain generally the same. The Eagles still have Ryan Matthews, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood at running back to go along with the addition of LeGarrette Blount. The defence has shaken up a bit. With the departure of Barwin comes Chris Long and first-round draft pick Derek Barnett. Barnett comes from the University of Tennessee.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Eagles 24-9 in their preseason opener. Although Carson Wentz only through 56 yards and a touchdown, Matt McGloin threw for 205 yards and one interception. Wide receiver Bryce Treggs finished with seven catches for 91 yards while Mack Hollins had four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles finished with four turnovers and only 322 net yards.

The Eagles will have to be tough this season having to go up against one of the hardest divisions in football. The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys look to be Super Bowl ready teams, and the Redskins look to try their best to compete with them. The Cowboys won the NFC East with a record of 13-3 while the Giants also made the playoffs with a record of 11-5. The Eagles finished in last place with a decent record of 7-9.

The Eagles started off 3-0 last season, looking to be a playoff favorite as Wentz had not thrown one interception in his first three NFL games before their season took a turn for the worse. Bleacher Report has the Eagles ranked 23 before the season starts. The Eagles will look to improve on this ranking and prove that they are a top team in the NFC East and in the NFL.

The Eagles  next preseason game will be against the Buffalo Bills on August 17 in Philly. They will also face off against the Redskins in their season opener on September 10 in Washington. Their first home opener will be against the Giants on September 24.

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