Despite their recent 34-13 mauling of the New York Giants, there is still some cause for concern. The Eagles did score more than 24 points for the first time this season, but it was against a 1-5 Giants team that had allowed more than 30 points in it’s past two games.
That being said, the Eagles are trending upward going into their Week 7 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, a team who just lost to the Eagles’ division rival, the Washington Redskins. However, the injury bug still plagues them. Future Hall of Famer Jason Peters is out for at least a few weeks with a torn bicep and lead back Jay Ajayi tore his ACL in the Week 5 loss to the Vikings. The team has yet to address to lack of depth at safety and wide receiver as a result of injuries as well.
Here are some ways they could address those areas of weakness:
The former No. 4 overall pick started his NFL career off strong with two straight 70+ receptions and 1,000+ receiving yard seasons. In his third year, Cooper had what most would consider a down year. He was only able to register 48 catches and 680 yards. Cooper is off to a slow start this year as well, registering only 22 grabs for 280 yards in six games.
It has been said the Raiders are in “fire-sale” mode after their horrible start 1-5 start to the 2018 season. Cooper would provide a capable No. 2 across from Alshon Jeffery. Given the Raiders state, the Eagles could probably have him for a second or third round pick.
As I previously stated, the Raiders need to rebuild. The Eagles, who are in the market for a safety after the Rodney McLeod injury, need to look at Joseph. Joseph, who is also a former first round pick, has been a consistent cover guy and a solid tackler. He would provide the Eagles with a solid pair of safeties in Jenkins and Joseph.
Joseph would probably be available for a third round pick. If that’s the price, the Eagles should be buying in order to shore up the backend of their defense.
While the Eagles still have a trio of backs in Clement, Smallwood and Sproles, when healthy, that can get the job done, they don’t have a true feature back like Ajayi was supposed to be for them before he tore his ACL. While Howard isn’t said to be on the trading block, it would be interesting to see if Howie Roseman can work his magic.
Howard is a solid three-down back, who is still young and has a lot of power. He fits the type of back the Eagles look for either through trades or in free agency. If Roseman was able to get Ajayi for a fourth last year, I think the same could be done for Howard.
While this is highly unlikely, it is intriguing. The Steelers want a first round pick for Bell, which is a steep price for what may turn out to be a half-a-year rental. The Eagles typically don’t spend high draft picks on running backs either, but Bell is a game-changing talent.
Bell, who hasn’t played at all this season due to a hold out, is consistently a top five running back in the league. He also wants to be paid as a top running back AND a No. 2 wide receiver, which is something the Eagles probably aren’t willing to pay. So, while it would be interesting, Bell will likely stay a Steeler.