5 bold predictions for Philadelphia Eagles in 2020

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 03: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

2. A rookie wide receiver will replace Alshon Jeffery

A quick look at the Eagles’ current depth chart reveals Jeffery to be the team’s No. 1 wideout. His lack of speed makes him miscast in that sort of leading role.

That’s why the Eagles need to use the draft to find a new potential No. 1 target for Wentz. Fortunately for the franchise, this year’s draft class is absolutely loaded at the position. Even if Philadelphia doesn’t choose to spend its first round pick on a wide receiver, they should be in line to nab a quality prospect when they go on the clock in Round 2.

The key for the Eagles will be to find a guy who can scare defenses with his ability to make big plays. That could be another big athlete who can make catches over the top of defenders, but it could also be a smaller guy who can pile up yards by making moves after the catch. The Eagles should be looking to select the best wideout available with one of their first three draft picks.

Jeffery isn’t going to suddenly disappear from the offense, but he will be taking a step back. That’s the right thing to do with wide receivers approaching their 30s with long injury histories. It’s just an example of proactive roster management by the Eagles.