5 Philadelphia Eagles Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

5 Philadelphia Eagles Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

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The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East in Chip Kelly's first season as head coach. However, the team was eliminated in the Wild Card round. To keep that from happening in 2014, the Eagles made some huge moves during the offseason. The offense looks primed for success while the defense is still a puzzle waiting to be solved. With 2014 being a telling season for this team, here are five players facing make-or-break seasons.

5. Bradley Fletcher

Bradley Fletcher
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5. Bradley Fletcher

Bradley Fletcher
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Bradley Fletcher came over from the St. Louis Rams before the 2013 season. He played well for the Rams, but in his first season with the Eagles, he didn't live up to the hype. He played in just 13 games and only recorded two interceptions and one fumble recovery. With a young and mix-and-match style of defense, Fletcher needs to step up and be the No. 1 cornerback for the Eagles. If not, he could face the same fate as Nnamdi Asomugha.

4. Malcolm Jenkins

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4. Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins
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The Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints. This was a questionable move as Jenkins hasn't played well enough to warrant a three-year deal. He hasn't played a full season since being drafted in 2009. He's only 26 years old so the breakout season may come soon, but he isn't a superstar safety like Jarius Byrd or T.J. Ward. Then again, Jenkins is a big upgrade over Patrick Chung.

3. Nate Allen

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3. Nate Allen

Nate Allen
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As usual, the Eagles' secondary struggled in 2013. They allowed the most passing yards to quarterbacks with 4,636 yards. Nate Allen is entering his fifth season, but the decline is already taking place. He had just one interception is the last two seasons combined. He and the Eagles agreed to a one-year deal. The 49th-ranked safety in 2013 needs to make the most of it or Allen will be finding another team to play for in 2015.

2. Jeremy Maclin

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2. Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin
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Jeremy Maclin's situation with the Eagles is a little different. He missed all of the 2013 with a torn ACL. Instead of letting him go and sign with another team, the Eagles brought him back for one year to prove himself. Maclin says he's ready to play in 2014, and the Eagles will need him to be 100 percent. Without DeSean Jackson, Maclin is the No. 1 receiver in Philly. If Maclin faces any setbacks this season, say goodbye to No. 18.

1. Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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1. Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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Nick Foles is entering his first training camp as the Eagles' starting quarterback. After taking over the starting job mid-season, Foles played out of his mind. He threw 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions. While it's tough to follow up that kind of production, Foles has plenty of weapons at his disposal. But if he struggles, the Eagles could begin their quarterback scouting early for the 2015 draft.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.


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