By Ryan Wenzell on June 5, 2014
The Philadelphia Eagles have made some additions on offense and defense heading into year three of Chip Kelly's system. Some players will thrive while others will be weeded out.
The offense should be even faster now that players are familiar with it in year two. Let's take a look at the five most intriguing players on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014.
Marcus Smith comes in as the team's first-round pick and he is certainly an intriguing one. Smith was a dynamic pass rusher in college and is looking to translate his skills at the next level. Could he unseat Trent Cole as soon as his rookie year? Smith certainly has the pure athletic ability and mental makeup to do so.
Jordan Matthews is a heck of a talent and person. So far he has impressed with the way he carries himself and his tireless work ethic on and off the field. It reminds many of the guy he will be replacing in the slot, Jason Avant. Matthews will have the biggest role of any rookie as Chip Kelly likes to run three-receiver sets a lot. Expect Matthews to produce in year one and be in the running for offensive rookie of the year.
Zach Ertz had stretches of brilliant play in his rookie season, and year two is the time for him to be consistently great. Ertz has all the raw ability in the world and is a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's scheme. With Brent Celek getting up there in age, Ertz will be more heavily relied upon to be a play maker. I expect a breakout year for the tight end.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a fantastic move when they acquired Darren Sproles for merely a fifth-round pick. The darting running back's transition to Chip Kelly's scheme should be seamless. He is the best receiving threat in the league at the running back position and complements LeSean McCoy perfectly. It will be fascinating to see his role and how well he thrives in this offense.
Nick Foles is entering year 2 under Chip Kelly, and if year 1 is any indication he is going to have a heck of a 2014 campaign. He now has the whole year to prepare as a starter and knows the offensive scheme inside and out. Foles' ascension was one of the more fascinating storylines in the league last season, and how he responds to the pressure of now being the guy and becoming the focus of defenses will be the intriguing storyline of this year.
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