With the Eagles losing to the Dolphins, fan attention is quickly drifting to the 2020 offseason. The disappointing loss has all of us wanting this miserable 2019 campaign to end and for this roster to look better ASAP.
With the offense mostly looking good against the woeful Dolphins, it was the defense that let the team down. Ryan Fitzpatrick was slinging all over the Eagles’ econdary as the cornerbacks got burned repeatedly for big plays. The pass rush was disruptive and yet the rest of the defense made it easy for Fitzpatrick to get the ball out quickly and all over the field. What a mess.
The Eagles are going into the offseason with clear needs at the offensive and defensive skill positions. It will be interesting to see how they value the defensive back needs against the wide receiver needs. Personally, I think wide receiver upgrades should be prioritized first and foremost with this extremely talented upcoming draft class. Doing so would leave the team in a position where they’d need value picks at cornerback. Luckily there are some names in the 2020 NFL Draft who could satisfy that.
Parnell Motley had a shut down game on Saturday that should have Eagles fans interested. The six foot senior helped his Sooners beat Oklahoma State with a shut down performance. He helped lock down Oklahoma State’s talented receivers while snagging a pick in the process. Motley has been a physical presence in the secondary for Oklahoma, forcing four fumbles on the year. He could be a mid round pick worth keeping an eye on.
Elijah Molden turned in another fantastic game in the Apple cup. Molden had a crazy numbers of tackles (14) with quite a few coming against the run. He also looked feisty in coverage, helping limit the prolific WSU offense. Molden has been a scrappy, productive player all season and he should warrant some interest as a nickel corner and possible safety convert.
The Eagles will need a huge influx of skill player talent this offseason, but luckily this might be the draft to satisfy that.