Ranking in at No. 1 is former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, whom Philadelphia traded away (along with a 2016 second round pick) this offseason in exchange for Sam Bradford. Here's what Sessler wrote:
"I'm tempted to put Sam Bradford on this list, but I agree with Chris Wesseling: He's a better fit for Comeback Player of the Year in Chip Kelly's offense. Foles is here because of what we haven't seen in St. Louis under Jeff Fisher: A competent offense. The Rams will run the ball plenty with Todd Gurley and Tre Mason, but Foles will be asked to make his share of plays through the air to one of the league's most uninspiring group of wideouts. He was a statistical revelation two years ago, but Foles no longer operates inside a quarterback-proof offense."
Foles had a lot of success with the Eagles in 2013 when he was in the perfect situation. He had a completely healthy offensive, the NFL's best running game, a defense that forced the third most turnovers, and an offensive coach who has proved to get the most out of his quarterbacks. Foles faced more adversity in 2014 and he couldn't rise above it. I always go back to this assessment of Foles from Greg Cosell:
"I think if you look at Foles the player, what you likely see is this: He's got a good arm but not a gun; he's not a power thrower, not a drive thrower. He's a little more of a finesse thrower than a drive thrower. He does not have quick feet. There is no quick-twitch to his movement. There's no explosive lower-body movement to him. When you look at Foles, I think what you see is a quarterback that needs the system to work for him and provide defined reads and good throws with the route concepts, just the whole system. He needs the system to work for him..."
Considering the Rams' situation, it's hard to disagree with Sessler. Foles will have to face tough some NFC West defenses and he won't be working with the weapons or coaching he had in Philadelphia. Chip Kelly obviously felt like Foles wasn't worthy of being his franchise quarterback. The Rams feel differently. Who do you trust more: Kelly or Fisher?
Elsewhere, former Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin ranked in at No. 6 on the list. Maclin, as we know, signed with Kansas City after Andy Reid offered more money than the Eagles did.
"After setting career highs with 85 catches and 1,318 receiving yards last season, Maclin shifts from Chip Kelly's high-flying attack to Kansas City. He'll struggle to repeat that production against a steady diet of top corners and double teams in 2015. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will generate attention, but opponents aren't going to move off Maclin for the rest of that wideout group. While he's a massive upgrade at the position, K.C.'s conservative, run-heavy playbook makes the former Eagle a fantasy risk."
Maclin's 2015 production wasn't just a fluke; he's a legitimate talent. The reason why he's on this list has to do with his situation. Maclin will get his fair share of targets on the Chiefs but it's fair to wonder how Alex Smith's lack of willingness to throw the deep ball will impact Maclin's numbers.
Along with the two former Eagles players on Sessler's list is one current Eagles player: cornerback Byron Maxwell.
"Maxwell was outstanding in Seattle, but he won't have the luxury of playing with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in Philly. Being paid like a bona fide No. 1 corner, Maxwell is under pressure to prove that he can thrive away from the Legion of Boom. I love his size and technique -- and he's an upgrade over Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher -- but it's fair to wonder how he'll handle Odell Beckham, DeSean Jackson and Dez Bryant in the NFC East."
First, it's always odd when people talk about the "luxury" of playing across from Richard Sherman. Considering how teams don't want to throw the ball towards him, it's not like he was helping Maxwell. The Earl Thomas point is a fair one. As far as Maxwell going up against Beckham, Jackson, and Bryant, that's something he already did last year. He was targeted only five times and allowed two receptions for 68 yards and no touchdowns. Now it's up to Maxwell to handle each member of the wide receiver trio twice a year.