NFL teams are never really finished tinkering with their rosters and the Eagles are no exception. They've turned over roughly half the roster since the end of last season, and when it's all said and done and the roster is trimmed to 53 players, the Eagles are going to have a far different look in the locker room.
Recognizing the need to bolster the talent level on the roster, the Eagles were aggressive in free agency, but they didn't tie themselves up with big contracts and the potential for "dead" money against the salary cap. Instead, they invested in younger players -- defensive tackle
Now the Eagles have a roster that includes a bunch of players on the rise. What will
How will the Eagles use
What becomes of a wide receiver group that added a young veteran in
The offensive line had its help come in the draft with the arrival of first-round draft pick
On the defensive side of the line of scrimmage, third-round draft pick
This is the kind of defense the Eagles want to have: One that plays with passion and pride and aggressiveness and one that has a great chemistry built on trust and hard work.
The question everyone asks now is, "How was the draft?" The answer is that the Eagles are pleased that they followed their board with discipline and that they drafted for value, not need. It is a muted answer for those who want to hear "IT WAS GREAT!!!" because the truth is that nobody knows how great it truly was until we see the players in uniform, on the field and working in the schemes the coaching staff puts forth.
The Eagles have changed the roster around, overturned the mentality and now have a team that knows it has to fight to win a roster spot. There are no givens. Head coach Chip Kelly comes in with a clean slate for everyone and his program has clearly energized the team and the fan base.
There is a lot of work to be done, but it's moving in the right direction here. Nobody thinks every part of the team is fixed, perfect, ready to go. Question marks remain. The theme of change is clearly evident, particularly on defense, as the Eagles take the right steps, one after the other, to build the roster to where it needs to be.