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Last week I wrote a piece on why Eagles fans should hold off on the panic button, but the time has come for the panic button to be pressed repeatedly!
The 2020 season is officially over for the Philadelphia Eagles, as they stand 0-2-1 (what an awful look that is to see a tied game in a season record).
There are a lot of bad things going on with the Eagles right now, but where do we start?
Let's begin with the architect of this roster: Howie Roseman. His trouble drafting players who can contribute have finally caught up to him.
THE OFFENSIVE LINE:
Roseman did absolutely nothing worthy to add depth to the offensive line this past offseason, which is a bit of head-scratcher given the Eagles history and emphasis on adding talent to both sides of the line of scrimmage.
"How about Jason Peters?"
No, no, no! Re-signing a 38-year-old Jason Peters isn't adding depth, that's just a low-quality, used band-aid one finds in the middle of the street that hopefully holds up until the bitter end.
The offensive line was the biggest question going into the offseason.
In the 2020 draft, the Eagles selected tackles Jack Driscoll, who has solid potential for a day three pick, and Prince Tega Wanogho, who is on the practice squad. Both players aren't expected to make any sort of impact this season.
Second year man, Andre Dillard, was drafted to protect Carson Wentz's blindside for the next decade.
Dillard was an overrated prospect at Washington State and one that should've never been drafted in the first round. Seriously, I'm not one to brag, but I was very low on Dillard prior to the draft and was livid, absolutely infuriated, when Howie decided to trade up for the weak-minded Dillard.
As an amateur scout, I thought Dillard was too introverted, too mild-mannered, had too short of arms for an offensive tackle, below average run blocking skills, lacked power on point of attack, and did not finish his blocks well. Even worse, he struck me as a guy who didn't enjoy playing football.
Reminder: the 2019 draft was on April 25, 2019.
To make things even worse, Roseman had never met Dillard face-to-face prior to making the pick, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Why would any general manager draft a player he had never spoken to? During the pre-draft process, why didn't Roseman pull out his phone, make at least one phone call, to a prospect he might be drafting? You'd think that'd be an obvious thing to do when scouting prospects.
The Eagles scouting department foolishly never did their full homework on Dillard because they thought he'd never slip outside the top 10.
Dillard would go on to have a disappointing rookie season.
In training camp, Dillard got in a scuffle with Derek Barnett, and was seen "visibly emotional (he appeared to be in tears)" after practice when chatting with Pederson and Roseman, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.
Dillard later admitted publicly he had never been in a fight before, which is a major red-flag.
How has an offensive lineman who played division-one college football, in a power-five conference, never got into a single fight at practice or in the middle of a game?
That not only speaks volumes about his lack of aggression, but it goes to show the guy doesn't have a "mean-streak" in him.
Dillard has shown some promise on the field, but overall, he's been incredibly disappointing.
In a game against the Chicago Bears, Dillard had a solid performance. He did surprisingly well against standout pass rushers Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack.
However, against the Seattle Seahawks, with lesser known pass rushers, Dillard struggled mightily. It's important to note, Dillard was lined up at right tackle in this game.
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The second the Eagles drafted Dillard, the future of the offensive line was doomed.
Injuries are obviously hard to predict, but the Eagles have been riddled with injuries for three consecutive years now. Roseman did a terrible job adding depth to an old and shaky offensive line. Multiple veteran offensive lineman was a major need and Roseman turned his head the other way.
THE WIDE RECEIVERS:
Roseman emphasized in the offseason the Eagles needed to get faster. He added rookie speedsters in Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins. Traded for Marquise Goodwin, who opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.
Reagor is expected to miss multiple weeks due to a thumb injury, Hightower is still too raw and inexperienced to be relied on, and Watkins has been on IR for undisclosed reasons.
And we all know the story with J.J. Arceca-Whiteside. What a dumpster fire of a pick that has turned into.
DeSean Jackson still has speed, but his body continues to breakdown during games and Alshon Jeffery hasn't seen the field yet in 2020.
Roseman had an opportunity to add two star receivers this past offseason in DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs, who seem to be doing quite well for their new respective teams.