Eagles hoping for offensive fireworks this season

Ed Benkin
June 12, 2019 - 9:21 pm
Jun 11, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) tosses the ball during Minicamp at Novacare Complex.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For Doug Pederson and his offensive coaches, the possibilities are endless in 2019.

As the Eagles continue with minicamp, the offense continues to tinker with its old and new weapons. The likes of Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery are gearing up for what they hope will be another huge season, and the additions of players such as DeSean Jackson and Jordan Howard should only increase the offensive production.  

Ertz was part of a high powered offense two years ago when the Eagles won the Super Bowl, but he believes there is even greater potential with the 2019 offense.

"This is the fourth year in the system for a lot of guys," said Ertz. "Then you bring in a guy like a DeSean Jackson. The safety cuts to me in the middle of the field like he's done time and time again. DeSean takes it 60 yards. We're just so complementary. The talent we have is so complementary to one another. As an offense, we set really high standards for ourself. It's up to us to execute."
 
If the Eagles execute when the season arrives, they could have one of the top offenses in the NFL.  
 
It's part of a new energy from a team eager to get back to the Super Bowl. The Eagles came close to returning last season before being knocked out by the Saints in the second round.  

Head Coach Doug Pederson can sense the hunger in his squad as they continue to prepare for the season.
 
"Guys came back in relatively good shape in April and they've worked hard," Pederson said. "You're seeing kind of the fruits of their labor the entire nine, ten weeks we've been together. The extra time helps, obviously. It refreshes mind, body, and soul as coaches and players. There is that renewed energy you're seeing at this time."

A diverse offense means the opportunity for more gadget plays.  

Everyone remembers the "Philly Special," which helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII.   

Now, Pederson and his staff can experiment like mad scientists to find ways to take apart opposing defenses with a wide variety of wrinkles on offense.
 
"It's not a ton," said Pederson. "It's just a handful of plays. We go back and sort of recycle the ones that we've used before, put a new wrinkle on them, try to disguise them a little bit. The more time on task and the more preparation you have in these plays, it's easier to obviously dial them up in a game or have them available in a game plan."

The Eagles have set high expectations for the upcoming season. They appear to have the tools needed for another run at a Super Bowl.  

It all comes down to putting all of the talent together.

"There are a lot of expectations internally with us," Ertz said. "You look around the locker room. In terms of talent, I've never been on a team like this from top to bottom on the roster. Guys are competing at a high level."