As Eagles near trade deadline, Reese identifies 3 key areas to work on

Dave Uram
October 29, 2019 - 10:03 am
Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Eagles fans will keep a close eye on their smart phones and Twitter leading up to 4 p.m. Tuesday. It's Trade Deadline Day 2019 in the NFL.

On Monday, the Eagles traded for 24-year-old defensive end Genard Avery, sending a 2021 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns. Avery is in his second season in the NFL and recorded 4 1/2 sacks last season, but he fell out of favor with a new coaching staff in Cleveland this season.

Avery may help a defensive line that has underperformed this season, but this doesn't appear to be a move that's going to move the needle toward taking the Eagles to the next level.

Truth is, by 4 p.m., there may not be a trade that does that, and that's OK.

However, if General Manager Howie Roseman is able to pull off a trade that makes sense and can propel the Eagles to a division championship or more, he should do so.

The Voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese, told KYW Newsradio there are some areas he thinks the team should address.

"They'll do what they have to do without weakening the future significantly to get somebody who can immediately help," Reese said Tuesday morning.

"I think there are three positions that everybody agrees need addressing. One is the secondary. Now, they're getting people back, but you can use some more help with a player in the secondary. The name I've heard bandied about for a while is the corner from Denver, Chris Harris. I've heard that name brought up, so we'll see if he's involved in a deal. He's one.

"I think certainly defensive line is an area that has to be addressed. ... And then, the third position is wide receiver, where there still seems to be a need with DeSean Jackson out and his immediate future uncertain. They still need some downfield speed."

Listen to the entire conversation with Reese above.