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    Eagles Mailbag: Will Jalen Hurts Be Able To Quiet the Noise in 2024?

    The latest Philadelphia Eagles mailbag includes questions about Jalen Hurts' ability to quiet the noise, the battle at WR3, and more.

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    Published on June 27, 2024 | 8:23 AM EDT

    It’s time to answer the second half of questions from my first Philadelphia Eagles mailbag. I appreciate everyone who submitted a question and making this an eventful series to look forward to weekly here at Pro Football Network!

    Despite the Eagles essentially being on vacation during this offseason lull, there’s still plenty to look forward to and discuss. Training camp will be here before we know it, and this edition of my mailbag has several interesting questions to answer.

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    Given the Eagles’ embarrassing end to last season, this offseason has been filled with questions. General manager Howie Roseman has done his best to address the questions on Philadelphia’s roster, but some are still questioning Jalen Hurts’ ability to lead off the field.

    As we continue on in the offseason lull, those questions will likely continue to grow. There are also questions about the Eagles’ potential cuts in 2024. Thanks to all of the additions this offseason, Philadelphia will have to make several difficult decisions. Now let’s dive into the second half of my Eagles mailbag!

    @matt12r asked, “Will Jalen Hurts be able to shut down the rumors from WIP and the rest of Philadelphia media?”

    As previously mentioned, the “questions” surrounding Hurts likely aren’t going anywhere this offseason. Quarterbacks are always going to be the focal point of discussions, and especially in Philadelphia, Hurts is an easy target for social media impressions.

    All of the pieces are in place for Hurts to succeed in 2024 and beyond. Roseman has assembled an offense filled with elite players to help maximize his skill set. The most notable addition is the hiring of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who should help Philadelphia’s offense be far less predictable this upcoming season.

    @thePHIspecial asked, “Which UDFA has the best chance to make the roster? And does his jersey number play a factor?”

    My good friend Josh Davis knew exactly what he was doing with this question.

    The obvious answer to this is former Baylor defensive tackle Gabe Hall. Given Philadelphia’s lack of depth at defensive tackle, Hall will surely make a strong case to stick around. Him landing No. 96 as his jersey number is a great haul for an undrafted free agent as well.

    @PhillyPhillyTP asked, “What’s the craziest ‘rumor’ you’ve heard thus far about the Eagles that may not be as crazy as it seems?”

    I’m not sure if it’s much of a rumor, but Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported that many around the NFL believe Saquon Barkley could have a Christian McCaffrey-esque impact on the Eagles.

    Given Moore’s arrival as offensive coordinator, Barkley should have a massive impact on Philadelphia’s offense, both on the ground and in the passing game.

    @IamDSPN asked, “Can you see (Kellen) Moore keeping defenses off balance with mixing in RPO in small spots like Kansas City did against San Francisco, especially with Barkley?”

    This is an interesting question given how the Eagles were embarrassed by the Niners last season. Philadelphia was surely going to adjust the offensive game plan against San Francisco, and Moore’s arrival will only help that. Using more RPO plays, especially given Hurts’ rushing ability, is something that will likely be used moving forward.

    @jasonxtucker asked, “What’s stopping Howie (Roseman) from signing Justin Simmons?”

    I think Justin Simmons is stopping Roseman, and nearly any other NFL team, from signing him. Simmons is likely waiting until the start of training camp or preseason as teams begin to truly realize their situations at certain positions. There are teams with a strong need at safety that will likely sign Simmons at some point in 2024.

    @ImKnotImpressed asked, “Edge depth is my biggest concern on this team. Do you see another move there?”

    While many of us on the outside are worried about Philadelphia’s depth along the edge, they seem rather comfortable with the current group. In 2024, the Eagles are relatively set with a top four that includes Bryce Huff, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, and Nolan Smith.

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    However, the edge depth is certainly a question in 2025 and beyond, with Sweat and Graham heading into the final year of their current contracts. Which is likely why the Eagles selected Jalyx Hunt in the third round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

    @DrLaurenRobins asked, “What do analytics say about Eagles going to the Super Bowl, based on their new squad and new coaches?”

    Analytics appear to suggest that the Eagles should be one of the best teams in the NFL next season. In fact, according to Cynthia Frelund of NFL Network, her analytical model projects that the Eagles will finish with the second-most wins in the NFL.

    Frelund’s model has Philadelphia with 11.1 wins, trailing only the San Francisco 49ers, who are projected at 11.2. To create these results, Frelund used the projected 53-man rosters as of May 14 and ran 150,000 simulations for all 272 regular-season games.

    @Sblunt4Eagles asked, “Who are the best trade or free agents available to the Eagles?”

    I recently wrote about five potential free agent targets for the Eagles ahead of training camp. As far as potential trade candidates go, I would look at players who are still on rookie contracts and have failed to reach their potential with their current teams.

    Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks has been a disappointment thus far but could make sense as a target for Philadelphia. Ironically, Tennessee viewed Burks as its replacement for A.J. Brown.

    On the other side of the ball, Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine has dealt with injuries, but his ties to Georgia could help him land in Philadelphia.

    @KP_Lion0 asked, “Would Saquon Barkley on the 2022 Super Bowl team win them the game in Miles Sanders’ place?”

    It’s hard to look back at Super Bowl 57 and say that any single player would have changed the outcome. While I certainly think Barkley would have had more of an impact than Miles Sanders, I don’t think the offense was necessarily Philadelphia’s biggest issue in that game.

    Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was simply outcoached and had no answer to what the Kansas City Chiefs were throwing at him. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes diced up Philadelphia’s defense, and that was ultimately the reason why the Eagles lost the big game.

    @Michael93826345 asked, “Do you see a way that Tyler Hall makes the roster?”

    A few years ago, we were wondering who the Eagles were going to add at cornerback following final cuts. Fast forward to 2024 and Philadelphia suddenly has an abundance of talent at the position.

    Roseman will certainly have to make difficult decisions during final cuts, and Tyler Hall will be in the mix. Hall was signed following Vic Fangio’s arrival, which is certainly notable to me. Fangio appears to have a bit of an influence in personnel decisions on defense, and Hall’s starting experience in the slot is intriguing.

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    As of right now, Hall would likely be the seventh cornerback on Philadelphia’s final roster, if they elect to keep that many players at the position.

    @GarySie84201955 asked, “Who do you predict will be WR3, and are they good enough?”

    Given his experience and versatility, Parris Campbell seems like the obvious choice to start at WR3. While Campbell hasn’t put up eye-opening numbers, his skill set complements both Brown and DeVonta Smith very well. He has the speed that defenses will have to honor, but he can also have success running intermediate routes.

    The biggest question for Campbell will be his availability. He’s struggled with injuries throughout his NFL career. Yet, the Eagles are willing to take a chance on him, given his experience working with Nick Sirianni during their time together with the Indianapolis Colts.

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