- Notable offseason moves
- QB: Jalen Hurts (Ian’s QB1), Marcus Mariota (QB42)
- RB: Rashaad Penny (Ian’s RB28), D’Andre Swift (RB29), Kenneth Gainwell (RB44), Boston Scott (RB78), Trey Sermon (RB101)
- WR: A.J. Brown (Ian’s WR7), DeVonta Smith (WR13), Quez Watkins (WR90), Olamide Zaccheaus (WR110)
- TE: Dallas Goedert (Ian’s TE6), Jack Stoll (TE65)
- 2023 win total: 10.5 (-150 juice on the over)
Free agency and the NFL Draft have come and gone: It’s time to fully embrace the 2023 offseason by breaking down the fantasy football aspirations of each and every team before draft season truly gets underway.
What follows is a fantasy-focused breakdown of the Philadelphia Eagles, focusing on key questions like:
- Does Jalen Hurts deserve to be the overall fantasy QB1?
- Who will rise to the top of this muddled backfield?
- Are both A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith deserving of top-12 fantasy treatment?
Every fantasy-relevant player from the Eagles will be covered in the following paragraphs. Make sure to check out the Fantasy Life Team Preview landing page through the end of June for more all-encompassing fantasy football coverage.
Notable offseason moves
From the front office, to the coaching staff, to the roster: Every 2023 NFL team will be different than its 2022 version.
As is often the case with Super Bowl contenders, the Eagles coaching staff has some turnover to deal with.
Both offensive coordinator Shane Steichen (Colts) and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon (Cardinals) took head coaching jobs elsewhere, leaving rising third-year head coach Nick Sirianni with former QB coach/new OC Brian Johnson and former Seahawks associate head coach/new DC Sean Desai as his new right-hand men.
Sirianni gave up play-calling duties to Steichen during the 2021 season; it’d make sense if he simply hands the reins to Johnson, who has been with the team since 2021 and is “like family” to Hurts due to their near two-decade-long relationship.
While it’s not a given that Johnson runs the offense exactly as Steichen did, we should probably continue to expect this group to deploy a fairly balanced offense while moving down the field with a sense of urgency. Their pass-rate over expectation and pace numbers from the last three seasons are as follows:
- 2020: +0.3 PROE (13th), 30.4 seconds/play (17th)
- 2021: -6.4% (30th), 29.3 (5th)
- 2022: -0.9% (10th), 28.9 (1st)
The Eagles’ tendency to light up the scoreboard made it look like they ran the ball more than they actually did last season; a worse performance from their defense could lead to more overall pass-game volume inside this crowded—but loaded—offense.