Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014

Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014

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The Philadelphia Eagles are coming fresh off a 2013 season in which the team won the NFC East crown and made a decent playoff run, coming up short against the New Orleans Saints. There are plenty of battles to be determined, so here are five surprise starters for the Eagles during the 2014 NFL season.

5. H-Back Trey Burton

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5. H-Back Trey Burton

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I am a huge Trey Burton fan, so it's no surprise that the young UDFA would be on this list. Burton is in a battle with H-Back James Casey who, like Burton, can do a little bit of everything. I like Burton's upside a bit more than Casey's and his ability to play fullback, h-back, running back, tight end, wide receiver, slot receiver, and wild-cat quarterback should give him the upper hand over Casey, who is not as versatile.

4. S Earl Wolff

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4. S Earl Wolff

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Earl Wolff is an intriguing young safety prospect who could be the missing link for this Philadelphia defense. He's a ball-hawking safety who should have received a bit more recognition for such during the 2013 NFL Draft. Wolff is in a battle with Nate Allen for the starting position opposite offseason acquisition Malcom Jenkins. Look for Wolff to run away with the job in this battle.

3. WR Jordan Matthews

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3. WR Jordan Matthews

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Jordan Matthews was selected by Philadelphia in the second round in hopes that he could come in and compete for the starting slot receiver role from day one. Well, according to multiple reports, he has actually looked like the best receiver the team has on its current roster. Matthews will win the battle with everyone, meaning he and Riley Cooper will be your No. 1 and No. 2 receivers, while Jeremy Maclin serves as the slot receiver this season.

2. CB Jaylen Watkins

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2. CB Jaylen Watkins

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Watkins will not be starting opposite Brandon Boykin as the team's No. 2 corner. That job belongs to Cary Williams; but Watkins will be locked into a battle with former Miami Dolphin Nolan Carroll for the team's nickel corner spot. While Carroll has experience working as the slot corner, Watkins has higher upside and also has served as a slot corner, boundary corner, and free safety for the Florida Gators. Look for Watkins to start over Carroll.

1. TE Zach Ertz

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1. TE Zach Ertz

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Ertz has really come into his own over his short tenure with the Eagles as the team's top red-zone option, but this season Ertz will finally assert himself as the team's top option at tight end over long-time Eagle, Brent Celek. Ertz is a more complete TE than Celek, who has limited upside, but the two tight ends complement each other quite well. Look for Ertz to gain more starts for the team, but the Eagles will still use both quite frequently.


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