Slow news day? Yes, slow news day. The Eagles are in a bit of a lull now that NFL free agency is more than a week old and the 2016 NFL Draft is still more than a month away. So in the meantime let's take a look at some
completely arbitrary and useless very meaningful NFL POWER RANKINGS.
The first set of post-free agency power rankings comes from SB Nation's own Danny Kelly.
19 - The Lions, Buccaneers, Eagles and Chargers all had impressive hauls in free agency, as well ... Part of the Eagles' success in free agency thus far has been addition by subtraction, and the ability to move both Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray, and particularly their contracts, was a big coup. They also added some good players, inking guard Brandon Brooks, linebacker Nigel Bradham, safety Rodney McCloud, and cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks. The Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel competition should be interesting if nothing else.
The Eagles rank at the bottom of the NFC East in these rankings, but it's a close race. Washington leads the way at No. 15. The New York Giants are second at No. 16 while the Dallas Cowboys are just one spot ahead of the Eagles at No. 18.
NFL.com's Elliott Harrison is lower on the Eagles.
24 - The Eagles got their quarterback ... or two. They also got rid of some contracts and remnants of the Chip Kelly era. Seriously, it's as though he was an Etch A Sketch that the front office was champing at the bit to shake the minute the door closed behind him. Oh, yes. Forgot our NFL.com age demographic. Here is an Etch A Sketch, everybody.
Here's how the NFC East shapes up in these rankings:
The Eagles are also (tied) at the bottom of the NFC East when it comes to 2017 Super Bowl odds.
Some might actually enjoy seeing the Eagles at the bottom. Last year a good number of people had the Birds as Super Bowl favorites. Expectations were high and people were disappointed when the hype proved to be fruitless. Now the Birds are in a spot where there's not so much make-or-break pressure.
At the same time, the Eagles should be able to contend for the NFC East merely because the division is shaping up to be weak again. Washington, the reigning champions, didn't even beat a team with a winning record last season. The New York Giants spent a lot of money trying to fix their historically awful defense. We'll see how things work out for them under rookie head Ben McAdoo. The Dallas Cowboys showed they have problems with depth when Tony Romo went down last season. Can the soon-to-be 36-year-old quarterback stay healthy and avoid decline moving forward?
The Eagles aren't without question marks of their own. Doug Pederson is a rookie head coach. The oft-injured Sam Bradford is far from an established top quarterback in the league. Can the defense be as good under Jim Schwartz as people hope it to be?
So what do you think of how the Eagles rank here: too high, too low, just right?