Each week we’ll look at the Eagles opposition and drool over a player or two, wondering if only they were were on the Eagles.
This week is basically a carbon copy of last week: like the Browns, the Bears have a stud WR, and some interesting OL and defensive players. Come to think of it next week with the Steelers will be like that. Looking at the Eagles offense, they’ll pretty much all be like this. a WR and some OL to covet. Sigh.
Let’s get the no-brainer out of the way: Alshon Jeffery is the choice here. In his two full seasons he has 89 and 85 catches for 1421 and 1133 yards and 17 combined TDs. Jeffrey missed seven games last season with a hamstring injury. Prorated to 16 games, he would have had 96 catches for 1435 yards and 7 TDs.
He would immediately turn the Eagles WR group, which looked improved on Sunday, from one of the weaker units to at least an average one.
But this is too easy. Let’s dig a little deeper.
Kyle Long has made the Pro Bowl in all three of his seasons, the first two as a right guard, last season as a right tackle. He would go straight in as the Eagles left guard, and then slide over to right tackle if and when Lane Johnson is suspended, just like current LG Allen Barbre is expected to do. And 2016 2nd round pick Cody Whitehair would give the Eagles another good interior OL prospect to pair with Isaac Semualo.
There’s little to chose from here. Many of the Bears starters on defense are in their late 20s or early 30s, and they play a 3-4 defense. If the Eagles were to poach a defensive player it would be to take a young one and groom him.
The top choice on defense for the Eagles would be CB Kyle Fuller. A 2014 1st round pick, Fuller has started 30 games in 2014 and 2015 with 6 interceptions. With three veterans and a 7th round rookie at CB, the Fuller would be a good addition to the Eagles. But Fuller is recovering from a knee scope in mid-August. He missed Sunday's game against the Texans and may not be available on Monday night. If that's the case, the choices of available players are even slimmer.
The only one of those that stands out is 2016 3rd round DT Jonathan Bullard. The Eagles like their young DTs but with Bennie Logan a free agent to be, Bullard might intrigue them. Explosive and high energy, Bullard would give them a good plan B if they decide to let Logan walk.