The 2015 version of the Philadelphia Eagles features several new faces that the harsh-loving fans of Philadelphia will evaluate.
Winning over the fans of Philadelphia can be a difficult task, but when accomplished validates why the it is called the City Of Brotherly Love.
Cornerstone players are gone, and new leaders are set to emerge, so who will the fans be grateful for?
Offensive MVP prediction: Sam Bradford
This prediction may catch everyone off guard because there are so many talented players offensively, but if Bradford manages to stay healthy, which is a big if, prepare to see the former 2010 number one overall pick blossom.
In the eyes of some fans Bradford is labeled as a bust. You could argue that when he has been on the field he has showed flashes of elite talent, but injuries have prevented Bradford from ever establishing himself as a franchise quarterback.
As is the case for an abundance of highly drafted quarterbacks, lack of talent around him was an issue in St. Louis. This Eagles offense is the best support system that Bradford has had in his career. For starters he is reunited with his former college roommate and running back, DeMarco Murray, who Bradford reportedly scouted to sign with the Birds.
Behind Murray is Ryan Mathews, former first round pick and former pro bowler, who Chip Kelly believes will excel. Darren Sproles is the cherry on top of the backfield and with him the Birds have three running backs who have made pro bowl appearances, Sproles for special teams.
Bradford also has a plethora of weapons to throw the ball too as well. The Eagles have three young receivers who are expected to be serious playmakers in 2015. Jordan Matthews proved to be a steal in the second round for the Birds having one of the most productive rookie season for an Eagles receiver in franchise history; accumulating 872 yards and 8 touchdowns with 67 receptions.
Josh Huff, the third round pick of the Eagles in 2014, was held back due to injuries but has received continuous praise throughout OTA'S. He will be featured more in the offense in 2015, allowing for him to display his explosiveness. The third young receiver the Eagles have is their most recent first round pick, Nelson Agholor. Agholor has thrived in OTA'S showing off his solid hands, effortless route running, and amazing maturity off the field.
Perhaps the player who Bradford will favor heavily in 2015 is Zach Ertz. Ertz is another one of the stars of OTA'S and has already solidified himself as a really good tight end. He seems primed to become elite, as Darren Sproles said, "He's about to be a superstar."
Any quarterback will validate that having weapons is irrelevant if you do not have an offensive line. Bradford was thrown behind an abysmal offensive line in St. Louis. He now will take snaps behind the number two ranked offensive line of 2014. Although they're now without Evan Mathis and Todd Herrimens, the Eagles still have a solid line, stared by LT Jason Peters, C Jason Kelce, and RT Lane Johnson.
Kelly's system is quarterback friendly and Bradford has the accuracy and arm too flourish in 2015. In 2013 who would've expected that Nick Foles would arguably be the offensive MVP; and if Kelly traded that guy for Bradford there is a reason.
Defensive MVP Prediction: Byron Maxwell
Ask any Eagles fan why the Birds were not in the playoffs in 2014 they will emphatically blame the secondary. Jordan Matthews claimed the best corner he faced last season was Byron Maxwell, who the Eagles signed immediately into free agency. Maxwell posses the size, over 6 feet tall, speed, and press coverage skills that Kelly craves.
The strength of the Eagles defense is still unquestionably their front seven. However, secondary issues have been so apparent that the difference Maxwell will make will be blatant. This will be the first opportunity for Maxwell to be a number one corner in the NFL and so far he is looking the part. Do not be surprised if the Eagles will finally have another Pro Bowl corner in 2015.
Maxwell is a legitimate press coverage corner who the Eagles can rely on too cover the best receiver week in and week out. It was a much needed acquisition as the NFC East is loaded with dynamic receivers such as Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr, and Desean Jackson.
Another reason to be optimistic about Maxwell is because he is battle tested. He has played in consecutive super bowl's starting for one of the best defenses of all time. Maxwell is one of the veteran players of the defense and it is paramount that he mentors their second round pick corner back, Eric Rowe, who also has high expectations.
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