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5 Philadelphia Eagles Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

5 Philadelphia Eagles Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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Coming off an unexpected NFC East division title in 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles look like the favorite to repeat as division champs. While there will be players who will improve upon their 2013 campaign, there will also be guys who take a step back. Here are five Eagles starters who will struggle during the upcoming 2014 season.

5. Todd Herremans

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5. Todd Herremans

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The Eagles boast arguably a top-5 offensive line in the NFL. Since Herremans entered the league in 2005, he has been an extremely consistent performer. However, after more mishaps than usual in 2013, this upcoming season is certainly not trending up.

4. Nate Allen

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4. Nate Allen

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Allen makes this list simply because he is listed as the starter at SS atop the depth chart. With Malcolm Jenkins cemented in at FS, Allen will have a lot to prove for a team that has been desperate for safety help since the departure of Brian Dawkins.

3. Riley Cooper

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3. Riley Cooper

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Cooper makes this list simply as a result of having too many mouths to feed. He will still be a valuable part of Chip Kelly’s offense, but I do not see him matching his eight touchdowns and 17.8 yards per catch, even with the departure of DeSean Jackson.

2. Cary Williams

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2. Cary Williams

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Williams is the second member of the defensive backfield to make this list, which should come as no surprise to Eagles fans. The secondary struggled mightily last season, and Williams was part of the reason why. While he made some nice plays, including a few key forced turnovers throughout the year, Williams was beaten far too often which many times resulted in big plays or bad penalties.

1. Trent Cole

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1. Trent Cole

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A notorious fast-starter, Cole did not record his first sack until Week 9 of the 2013 season. He did manage to finish the year with eight sacks to salvage his season. However, as he continues to decline and with Marcus Smith now in the fold, it looks like this could be Cole’s final season in an Eagles uniform.