A week ago, Doug Pederson was asked if Darren Sproles was his No. 1 running back after he had led the Eagles in carries the last two games and he said, yes, he was the "No. 1 back right now."
Greg Lewis saw up close how not having a top-tier group of wide receivers could hamstring a team.
In 2003, the Eagles' top three receivers were James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, and Freddie Mitchell. Pinkston infamously got beaten up by the Panthers secondary in the NFC championship game and that offseason Andy Reid went out and finally added an elite receiver by trading for Terrell Owens.
The Eagles limped into the midway point of the season, losing three of their last four. A 3-0 start raised expectations after few projected the team to contend for the playoffs, but a .500 record has the Eagles teetering on the edge of postseason relevancy. Here's an evaluation of how they got there:
Carson Wentz's performance against the Giants was, in some ways, a microcosm of his first eight games in the NFL. There were highs. There were lows. There were impressive throws. There were head-scratching interceptions. And there was yet another failed late drive that could have put the Eagles ahead for good.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Four games. Four opportunities to go ahead late. Four losses.
The Eagles once again had the ball and a chance to drive for the lead with less than five minutes left, and they once again failed to deliver in the clutch. A victory might have qualified as yet another Miracle at the Meadowlands, considering how poorly the Eagles had played in the first half, but the New York Giants avoided embarrassment and survived, 28-23, on Sunday.
Time is running out if the Eagles hope to upgrade at wide receiver, otherwise it's Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and Josh Huff on the outside for the rest of the season.
ARLINGTON, Texas-Carson Wentz needs help.
The question for the Eagles will be do they trade for a wide receiver before Tuesday's deadline or do they sit idly with a group that is stunting the rookie quarterback's growth?
Carson Wentz left the Senior Bowl in January thinking there was a chance that the Dallas Cowboys could draft him.
Jordan Hicks is one of the last vestiges of Chip Kelly's fateful offseason as head of Eagles personnel.
The linebacker wasn't sure he'd last beyond this past offseason, though, as Howie Roseman systematically undid most of Kelly's moves in 2015. Hicks understood the NFL enough to know that personnel, coaching and scheme changes could jettison him from Philadelphia even if he had seemingly shown enough during an impressive rookie season.
Doug Pederson was asked on Monday if he needed more production from his wide receivers, and the Eagles coach paused for a tick before giving a diplomatic answer that would make Andy Reid proud.
What's wrong with Carson Wentz?
It's a peculiar question to ask just six games into the Eagles quarterback's NFL career, but Wentz hasn't been the same since he launched that game-clinching interception in Detroit a little over two weeks ago.
The Eagles had more than two months to prepare for the eventuality that Lane Johnson would be suspended, and yet the personnel department did nothing in terms of adding an offensive lineman either as a replacement or insurance.
The Eagles handed out nearly $250 million in contracts to four homegrown players this offseason, but they aren't getting nearly enough production from the group as a whole through the first five games of the season.
There were many ways to look at the 27-20 loss to the Redskins, but there could have been two contrary views of how Carson Wentz played in the Eagles' worst game of this still-young season.
LANDOVER, Md. - Halapoulivaati Vaitai stood with his back to reporters as he finished getting dressed in the visitors' locker room at FedEx Field. His shirt had the number 72 emblazoned in the middle with the words "QUIET ONE" above it.
There's a saying in NFL circles that goes something like, "If you want to win a Super Bowl make sure you don't have a great wide receiver."
Vinny Curry played just 16 of 61 snaps in the Eagles' 24-23 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
"That was nothing personal," Curry said this week. "It was nothing like crazy crazy."
Doug Pederson confirmed that in retrospect, Carson Wentz should have thrown to Jordan Matthews rather than Nelson Agholor on the Eagles quarterback's fateful interception that sealed the Lions' 24-23 victory Sunday in Detroit.
DETROIT - If disciplining Nigel Bradham was the reason, the decision to utilize a linebacker rotation in the nickel defense in the first half Sunday might have made some sense.