What the Eagles get out of it

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Updated: August 12, 2017

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Change has been a constant atop the NFC East for more than a decade. Given the recent developments surrounding Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, that trend could continue in 2017.

The biggest deficiency on this Eagles team is at cornerback, but executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman addressed the position Friday when he acquired Ronald Darby from the Buffalo Bills for receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick. That should give Philadelphia more of a fighting chance against the likes of divisional wideouts Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr. and Terrelle Pryor Sr.

Some vulnerabilities remain, but that does not make the Eagles unique in the NFC East, or in the NFL for that matter. If Wentz can take the type of step forward that many on the inside are anticipating; if Jeffery can stay healthy and is dialed in; and if the defense can get its footing in Year 2 under coordinator Jim Schwartz, there is no reason why they can’t be in the thick of the divisional race. That is particularly true now that the Cowboys look as though they might come back to the pack.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/philadelphia-eagles/post/_/id/21655/ezekiel-elliott-suspension-opens-door-for-eagles-in-nfc-east