2019 Off-Season Moves - Offensive Weapons
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
There have been quite a few moves made among the Birds’ skill positions since seasons end. Here are my thoughts on some of the biggest:
DeSean Jackson returns – After being shipped off by Chip Kelly, D-Jax is back in midnight green and all is right with the world. At 32, Jackson can still fly; I see him being an immediate contributor and deep ball threat that the Eagles missed last year.
Trade for Chicago RB Jordan Howard – I’ve watched a lot of Jordan Howard over the past three years. The Eagles are getting a solid north/south runner and great pass blocker who is only 24 years old. Considering the Eagles RB situation last year, Howard will be a welcomed addition to the rotation. Adding to that, the Birds only gave up a 2020 6th round pick (and will get a compensatory pick if he ends up leaving in free agency). Value-wise, this trade is an absolute steal.
Nick Foles signs with the Jags – It feels like we’ve been saying goodbye to Foles for months; now, it’s finally official. I wish him all the best in Jacksonville, though I think the Jags offense might struggle due to lack of firepower (aside from Leonard Fournette). Eagles-wise, the team will most likely sign a veteran to compete with Nate Sudfeld for the back-up QB spot.
Golden Tate to the Giants – I’m still upset the potential of the Tate experiment was never fully realized. I think it would have eventually worked with a full off-season under his belt. Oh well.
Jordan Matthews signs with 49ers – All things considered, Matthews wasn’t a bad emergency pick-up in 2018. If the Eagles WR’s stay healthy, his departure will be a non-issue.