There has been various investments masterminded by Eagles’ ambitious General Manager Howie Roseman last 2017-18 season. But which player investment, in particular, was the best that made them defending Super Bowl champions?
First, we have numerous candidates for this so-called ‘award,’ including Alshon Jeffery, Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Patrick Robinson, Ronald Darby, Timmy Jernigan, Chris Long, and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, of course.
Alshon Jeffery – After receiving nine touchdowns and 57 receptions, for 789 yards, Alshon Jeffery looks to out-best his phenomenal 2017-18 season next year. But what made him so special during the Eagles’ Super Bowl season? Yes, of course, receiving a whopping nine touchdowns – which is the most among all Eagles’ receivers. Yes, it did indeed take quarterback Carson Wentz and Jeffery a bit of time to create some chemistry, but they did end up getting in sync with each other fairly well before Wentz tore his ACL. My bold prediction is that without the help of Jeffery on the field, the Eagles would have gone no better than 11-5 in the regular season, and would have ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs.
Jay Ajayi – After being acquired from the Eagles off of the unimpressive Miami Dolphins, and their week offensive-line, Ajayi helped the Eagles out this regular-season with just a single touchdown. Jumping to my bold prediction – without Ajayi, Eagles would have gone 12-4 – without home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but still would have won the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
LeGarrette Blount – Although Blount didn’t seem impressive during the regular-season, he was able to help the Eagles by rushing in for three touchdowns during the playoffs. Jumping to my bold prediction – without the help of Blount, the Eagles would have gone 12-4, and still would have found a way to beat the New Orleans Saints in the first round, and win the Super Bowl.
Patrick Robinson – The first thing many Eagles’ fans think of when Robinson comes to their mind, is the outstanding pick-six he had after picking off the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum. Bold prediction – without the help of Robinson, the Eagles would have held a record of 11-5, and still find a way to advance to, and win the Super Bowl.
Ronald Darby – I’ll jump to my bold prediction right away – without Darby, nothing would have severely changed – still going 13-3. And the Eagles would have still won the Super Bowl.
Timmy Jernigan – Again, I’ll jump to my bold prediction right away – without Jernigan, Eagles would still would have gone 13-3, and nothing would have majorly changed in the playoffs.
Chris Long – Long was a very important key to the Eagles’ defense last season. Long had five sacks, including three strip-sacks in the regular season. Bold prediction – without the help of Chris Long, the Eagles would have gone 12-4, losing to the Los Angeles Rams in week 14 without the strip-sack. But Eagles would have still found a way to advance to the Super Bowl and win it.
Nick Foles – Lastly, Eagles’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles. I never thought I’d be typing ‘Super Bowl MVP’ and ‘Nick Foles’ in the same sentence, but apparently I am. Nick Foles had a rough start when recovering the Eagles QB position after Wentz tore his ACL. But it all paid off, ending in Eagles winning the Super Bowl with an inferior victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Bold prediction – Eagles would have gone 11-5 without Nick Foles on the 53-man roster, and instantly lose to the Falcons in Atlanta during the Wild Card.
This finalizes my ‘hypothesis’ – without Nick Foles…actually NO. Without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles wouldn’t have made it past the first round of the playoffs if they would have even made it to the playoffs in the first place. Without Foles, and still having Jeffery, Eagles would have had at least a chance to win, or make it into the playoffs (with a QB like Nate Sudfeld). But without Jeffery, and still having Foles, who would be Foles’s and Wentz’s reliable main target?
Best Investment by Howie Roseman – Alshon Jeffery
That concludes my conclusion. Comment below what investment by Howie Roseman, you think was the best this past season.Follow @EaglesFeast