This will be a weekly series to discuss the NFC East Power rankings. There will be risers, fallers, and those who will remain the same in their quest for NFC East supremacy.
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This week’s rankings will be based on each team’s off-season additions and expectations headed into Week One. Preseason games aren’t a great litmus test for how teams will perform as there are no schemes nor specific game plans being implemented. Without further ado, let’s get into our power rankings!
1. Philadelphia Eagles
A.J. Brown – WR
Kyzir White – LB
James Bradberry – CB
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – DB
Haason Reddick – OLB/Edge
Nakobe Dean – LB
Jordan Davis – DT
Cam Jurgens – C
It was a big off-season for Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles. They’ve added big time talent on both sides of the ball through free agency, the NFL draft, and trades. These moves all seemed to be targeted to the areas of which Philadelphia Eagles fans have been screaming about for years (wide receiver and defensive backfield).
It also looks like the mistakes (ie: Jalen Reagor and JJ Arcega Whiteside) have been atoned for and Philadelphia will move forward with a much stronger group at the wide receiver position.
The Eagles will come in with one of the best running attacks in the NFL and that seems to be the bread and butter of this team. Nick Siranni will look to push the ball downfield with his upgraded WR room, but the running game will look to set the tone in every game this season.
With the additions on the defensive side of the ball, Jonathan Gannon will have no excuses moving forward. It looks like this is a make-or-break year for Gannon. This season, however, will mostly land on Jalen Hurts’ shoulders. It looks like Howie senses a window for contention and has pushed his chips into the middle of the table.
2. Dallas Cowboys
Dante Fowler Jr – DE/OLB
Tyler Smith – LT
Jalen Tolbert – WR
Sam Williams – DE
Jason Peters – LT
This off-season was a different one where all media outlets have absolutely ripped Dallas for their off-season moves, or lack thereof. The Dallas Cowboys will head into Week One with questions on the offensive line, with only one elite player in Zack Martin – which is a far cry from what we are used to seeing from them at that position.
Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons will look to replicate their ridiculous production in the way of splash plays from the 2021 season. The Dallas Cowboys will head into Week One with CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tolbert, Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliot, & Tony Pollard as their main offensive weapons and Dak Prescott at the helm. Dak is the most proven QB in the division at this time, so they will like their chances to begin the season.
3. Washington Commanders
DeVante Bausby – CB
Jahan Dotson – WR
Brian Robinson – RB
Carson Wentz – QB
Andrew Norwell – G
The Washington Commanders come into the season with Carson Wentz as their new shiny toy under center. No one can deny the measurables that Wentz possesses, but his mentality and leadership has been called into question since his time in Philadelphia. The Indianapolis Colts opted to go in a different direction this year and decided that Matt Ryan would be a better fit. This is Wentz’s last chance as an NFL starter, so will he make good on that trust this time?
Washington has always had good lines on both sides of the football and will look to stay healthy as that’s been the only knock on these two units over the years. They have re-signed scary Terry McLaurin and drafted Jahan Dotson to help be more efficient at pushing the ball downfield. Antonio Gibson along with Brian Robinson (upon his return) will be expected to handle the duties on the ground. Much like Philadelphia, Washington’s success looks to hinge of the shoulders of Carson Wentz.
4. New York Giants
Brian Daboll – HC
WanDale Robinson – WR
Daniel Bellinger – TE
Kayvon Thibodeaux – OLD/Edge
Evan Neal – OT
The New York Giants’ biggest off-season addition this year will, undoubtedly, be the hiring of head coach Brian Daboll. Coach Daboll brings a great offensive mind with him to New York after being held responsible for the progression of Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills vaunted offense in recent years. This looks to be a big time hiring and one that brings some hope to the New York Giants organization.
Daniel Jones will have to show major improvement if he hopes to be here past this season and Saquan Barkley looks to be in the same boat. Both were highly drafted and due to different reasons they’ve have not lived up to that status in their time in the NFL. WanDale Robinson, Kenny Golladay (who has been a big disappointment) and Kadarius Toney should be the starting wideouts with Daniel Bellinger getting plenty of reps at TE.
The defense has been stripped down and will head into the season under a rebuild status. This year is a year of creating a foundation and building fundamentals in the manner Brian Daboll wants his team to play, but I don’t think we can expect big numbers from them in win column.
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