Philadelphia Eagles’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

Philadelphia Eagles: The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

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The Philadelphia Eagles were able to win the NFC East crown last season and will look to remain atop the division this season with a few new faces. The team is arguably more talented than last season, but they will have to gel together well during training camp and preseason to remain the champions of the NFC East.

Here are the 5 most irreplaceable players for Philadelphia during the 2014 NFL season.

5. S Malcom Jenkins

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5. S Malcom Jenkins

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Philadelphia signed Jenkins to a friendly deal this offseason to become arguably their most important secondary player as the team's top safety. Jenkins will be the defensive quarterback who will help align players correctly pre-snap. His veteran presence is needed in Philadelphia's young secondary, and the depth behind Jenkins is quite concerning in its own right. Philadelphia cannot afford to lose their prized offseason pickup.

4. WR Riley Cooper

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4. WR Riley Cooper

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Cooper had the quite the offseason in 2013, but he was able to push past that off-the-field distraction and put up some incredible numbers working as Philadelphia's No. 2 receiver. His ability to be a great red zone threat due to his size, strong hands and excellent willingness to attack the ball at its highest point is the reason that he is simply irreplaceable. Cooper is one of Philadelphia's most underrated and under-appreciated players.

3. DE Fletcher Cox

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3. DE Fletcher Cox

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Cox is arguably the most important defensive piece this season for Philadelphia as he is the heart and soul of the team's front seven. Cox is one of the league's most underrated young defensive ends and will look to jump into the conversation this season with the league's best. The depth at defensive end for Philadelphia is already concerning with Cox healthy, but if he were to go down the team would be scanning the free agent market quickly.

2. C Jason Kelce

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2. C Jason Kelce

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The league's best center, Kelce is arguably Philadelphia's most important offensive lineman. He makes adjustments and calls pre-snap, and his ability to stonewall pass rushers and give QB Nick Foles a clean pocket to step up in is irreplaceable in its own right. Kelce is one player that Philadelphia cannot afford to lose this season if they wish to contend in the NFC.

1. RB LeSean McCoy

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1. RB LeSean McCoy

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No player does more for his offense and team in general than the league's best offensive weapon in RB LeSean McCoy. "Shady" has been the focal point of the Philadelphia offense, and although the team went out and grabbed RB Darren Sproles this offseason, Philadelphia cannot afford to lose McCoy for an extended period of time. An MVP candidate, McCoy needs to remain healthy if Philadelphia wishes to push for a Super Bowl bid.


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