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    What Are the Philadelphia Eagles’ Biggest Question Marks Following Mandatory Minicamp?

    Despite all of the additions that the Philadelphia Eagles have made this offseason, there are still several question marks that need to be addressed.

    Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has made plenty of moves this offseason. It’s clear Roseman was unhappy with Philadelphia’s play down the stretch last season, which ended with an embarrassing loss in the playoffs.

    As Philadelphia wrapped up mandatory minicamp, several players stood out as bright spots during practice. Yet several question marks remain surrounding the Eagles as they head into the final stretch of time off before training camp begins on July 23.

    What Are the Biggest Question Marks Remaining for the Philadelphia Eagles?

    Despite all the moves Roseman has made this offseason, there are still a few notable question marks facing the Eagles ahead of training camp.

    While many are ready to crown Philadelphia as the champions of the offseason, the franchise knows all too well that championships aren’t won on paper.

    Therefore, it’s time to highlight three of the biggest question marks Roseman and the Eagles must answer this offseason. If they remain unsolved, Philadelphia could be in trouble and find itself in a similar position as last season.

    Are Cam Jurgens and Tyler Steen Ready To Take the Next Step?

    It’s no secret that the Eagles are dealing with a major loss in the trenches following the retirement of Hall of Fame center Jason Kelce. But Philadelphia believes it has a strong contingency plan in place with Cam Jurgens making the switch back to his natural position.

    Despite Jurgens’ experience playing center in college, he has yet to be a full-time starting center in the NFL. He started at right guard for the Eagles last season, where he struggled at times and dealt with several injuries. Jurgens will have to prove he is able to stay on the field, which was one of Kelce’s best abilities.

    Filling Jurgens’ old spot at right guard will be second-year offensive lineman Tyler Steen. After starting just one game last season, Steen is the early frontrunner to win the starting job at right guard. Steen struggled in his only career start, yet the Eagles are clearly confident in his abilities ahead of training camp.

    While Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, and Lane Johnson have established themselves as top players at their respective positions, Jurgens and Steen are anything but proven. Their play will have a massive impact on the success of Philadelphia’s offense in 2024 and beyond.

    Can the Young Defensive Line Handle an Increased Workload?

    Following the retirement of Eagles legend Fletcher Cox this offseason, Philadelphia is ready to embrace its youth along the defensive front. Yet, it’s fair to question if Jalen Carter, Jordan Davis, and Milton Williams are ready to handle a significantly increased workload.

    Eagles defensive coordinator Vic Fangio relied heavily on his starting interior defensive linemen for the Miami Dolphins last season. Christian Wilkins played 968 total snaps, Zach Sieler played 924 total snaps, and Raekwon Davis played 531 total snaps.

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    Carter played 599 total snaps for the Eagles last season, which was by far the biggest workload of his career in both college and the NFL. There are some who believe Carter struggled down the final stretch last season, which means an increased workload of over 300 more snaps could only heighten those concerns.

    There have been concerns about Davis’ conditioning for years, which could be exposed in Fangio’s defense. But he likely won’t play significantly more snaps considering Dolphins nose tackle Raekwon Davis only played 531 total snaps last season. Philadelphia’s lack of a reliable nose tackle behind Davis could force him to play more snaps, though.

    Williams has been a rotational player for the Eagles throughout the first three seasons of his career in Philadelphia. He played a career-high 522 total snaps last season, but his production as a pass rusher declined. While Williams will certainly look to make the most of a bigger opportunity in a contract year, he’ll need to prove he can handle more snaps.

    Questionable Depth at Safety Could Be an Issue

    It’s no secret the Eagles have struggled to find reliable, long-term options at safety in recent years. This is why Roseman brought back C.J. Gardner-Johnson in free agency this offseason after letting him walk in 2023.

    While Gardner-Johnson is a clear upgrade over Philadelphia’s top option at the position last season, he is bound to deal with an injury at some point. “CJGJ” has missed at least five games during each of the last three seasons.

    Although Reed Blankenship was a bright spot for the Eagles in 2023, he missed two games during the regular season. Sydney Brown showed flashes of his potential, but unfortunately suffered a torn ACL late in the year that he is recovering from this offseason.

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    Philadelphia’s top three safety options all have injury concerns they have dealt with as recently as last season.

    That is why it’s concerning the only other three safeties on the Eagles’ roster are Mekhi Garner, Tristin McCollum, and Andre’ Sam, although James Bradberry is apparently making the switch to safety as well.

    It’s hard to imagine Roseman feels comfortable with the team’s current safety options after the Eagles’ top three. Considering there are still several notable free agents available, I’d expect the Eagles to add to the team’s safety room. Justin Simmons, Eddie Jackson and Quandre Diggs all stand out as potential options.

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