5 Philadelphia Eagles With the Most to Prove in 2014

5 Eagles With Something To Prove

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The Philadelphia Eagles were one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season. They went from a laughingstock the year before to the winners of the NFC East the following season. They want to build on that and become contenders to win the conference. They overcame preseason injuries to ride a new QB to a 10-win season last year, and these five guys will have to prove it wasn't a fluke.

5. Lane Johnson

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5. Lane Johnson

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Lane Johnson has been suspended for the first four games of the NFL season. He failed a standard PED test and will now miss a crucial stretch for the Eagles. When he comes back, he needs to be perfect. If he isn't then the media and the fans will turn on him quickly.

4. DeMeco Ryans

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4. DeMeco Ryans

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When the Eagles brought in DeMeco Ryans two seasons ago, their decade-long linebacker issues were finally over. He made that dream a reality with two increasingly better seasons in 2012 and 2013. If he can continue to be as good as he is, he will be considered one of the best MLBs in the NFL. He has to prove that he can live up to that.

3. Nick Foles

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3. Nick Foles

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The Eagles have one man to thank for their turnaround season last year: Nick Foles. He carried a team that was picked by many to come last in the division all the way to the playoffs. There will be some who question whether he will be able to duplicate his success minus DeSean Jackson. Only time will tell whether he can do it without a true deep threat.

2. Bradley Fletcher

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2. Bradley Fletcher

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Bradley Fletcher was a decent CB on the Eagles last season, and this year he is their No. 1 guy at the position. Cornerback is the most important position on defense, according to some. Fletcher needs to play like a No. 1 to keep the defense up to par.

1. Jeremy Maclin

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1. Jeremy Maclin

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The Eagles decided to bring Jeremy Maclin back after he suffered a serious knee injury that cost him his entire 2013 season. Can he play like he did prior to getting hurt or will he regress? Did Riley Cooper show that he is more valuable than Maclin? There are many questions that he has to answer this season.


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