The possibilities are beyond intriguing. The Eagles drafted
So this is a time to wonder aloud about an offense that made major strides in 2013. You know about the points scored, and about the rushing yards gained and about quarterback
It's a question asked here at various stages of the offseason: What's next for the offense?
Kelly made sure to emerge from the draft with a full complement of weapons with the selections of Matthews (second round) and Huff (third round). They compete with the likes of
Now the offensive roster is more robust, and Kelly and the Eagles are in the early stages of conceptualizing the scheme. It's not hard to imagine the Eagles spreading defenses out and seeing how the defenses try to match up against Sproles, a tough matchup in the open field, and
The offensive line returns all five starters and while the Eagles didn't use a draft pick on a linemen, they point to players like
Foles, of course, continues to work on his game and the windows for the passing game figure to be smaller given the on-paper tougher schedule than last year.
The Eagles took off in the second half of 2013, winning seven of eight games to close out the NFC East division. The level of confidence is sky high, with the understanding that there is a lot of hard work to do to again reach the postseason and take a longer run in the playoffs.
What is Kelly working on with the offense? How does he incorporate Sproles? What is the next step for tight end
I can't wait to see how it all unfolds. Sproles is an out-of-the-backfield piece that throws a defense off balance in an instant. He can move around the formation and use his short-area quickness to gain advantages in the passing game. Matthews is 6 feet 3 and he showed in college that he can go up and catch the football, or catch and run with a bubble screen, or be a down-the-field threat to keep defenses honest. Huff was an explosive player at Oregon and the Ducks moved him around and got him the ball in a variety of ways.
Combine those additions with the natural maturation of an offense that has been together for a full season and there is every reason to feel the excitement. The Eagles are going places with this offense. Just where, I'm not sure anybody truly knows. And that's part of the reason the Eagles have so much to build upon for 2014 with an attack that added the right kind of pieces to raise the performance on offense.