Training camp is well underway for the Eagles and the first preseason game is a little under two weeks away. It feels great to talk about football everyday again, doesn’t it?
It’s never too early to give some bold predictions and, with my season preview already out, it’s time to predict how some of the players will perform.
The PSN Eagles writers got together and discussed some possible scenarios for some Eagles players and here’s what we came up with.
Chris Infante – The Barnett Breakout
The third year pro is ready to breakout. With Michael Bennett and Chris Long gone, and the defensive end depth not as strong as years past, the playing time is there for Barnett to showcase his skills.
Barnett’s college stats and tape suggest he’s the elite pass rusher the Eagles drafted him to be. In three years at the University of Tennessee, Barnett racked up 32 sacks, a school record. That record was previously held by some guy named Reggie White, ever heard of him?
In his rookie year, Barnett had five sacks in 15 games, zero starts. In only six games last season, before getting hurt, he had two and a half sacks. The numbers haven’t been there yet for Barnett, but 2019 will be the year he produces the way top draft picks are expected to. I predict 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and finishing top ten in quarterback pressures among all defensive ends.
Liam Jenkins – Dallas reigns supreme
Don’t worry, he’s talking about the second year tight end. Liam Jenkins predicts Goedert and rookie WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside will have more touchdowns than Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz, combined.
Having more than the team’s number one receiver and number one tight end is definitely bold, but also extremely possible.
Jeffery had six touchdowns last season, while Ertz had eight. Could Goedert soak up the red zone targets and break ten touchdowns? ‘Sega’ and his unique size could also pose an intimidating red zone threat and if their OTA dominance is any indication of how they will fare in 2019, the duo may well outshine the stars at the top of the depth chart.
Bryan Cameron – Double Dip on Dallas
Not only is our founder Liam Jenkins high on Goedert’s propects for 2019, but Bryan Cameron, one half of the amazing podcast ‘Flippin’ The Birds’, sees Goedert not only beating out Jeffery and Ertz combined, but leading the whole team in touchdown catches.
Zach Ertz led the team last year with eight, so a tight end leading the team in touchdown receptions isn’t far-fetched by any stretch of the imagination. Goedert will have stiff competition to lead the team in touchdown receptions, with DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor pining for targets as well, but the second year stud has all the tools to breakout and give the Eagles another dominant playmaker on offense.
*If Goedert, or any player, grabs ten touchdown receptions this season, it will be the first time since 2014 that an Eagles player has double digit touchdown receptions.
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