OK, season starts now.
3 very winnable games, in fact they are as close as you can get to must wins.
The 5 games after that are all games which we will be heavy underdogs. If we can somehow win 2 of them it is possible to win this division provided we sweep the reat. The season ends with 2 games against Dallas and then Washington, it is very possible those games will determine the division championship and which team will get slaughtered in the first round of the playoffs. I expect us to be on the outside looking in by then, but who knows, this division is laughably horrible, Dallas is the clear favorite, but I am actually thinking that NYG might pull off a miracle and go past everyone.
Honestly, I almost want to see a 2005 type season, where we had guys trying but they just had so many injuries that they lost 10+ games. We need young talent, we have very little, and we keep doing stupid things like activating Vinny Curry and losing Toohil.
It is possible that the next game will have 2 starters on offense (Wentz and Kelce) and 9 backups. Some of them deep, deep backups, 3rd to 5th string guys (ahh, Richard Rogers as starting TE and then....). Hopefully we have found some solid contributors in guys like Fulgham, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite (and clearly is someone Wentz trusts). All the patience with Mialatta seems to be paying off. Herbig had a penalty last game, but he has been very, very solid for a unheralded guy. Josh Sweat has also had an impressive 6 games.
Unfortunately, our veterans have almost exclusively gone the other way. Almost every player with a few years experience is looking slow and out of sort, I can't really think of one of the guys over 27 that has looked good this season (McLeod, Malik Jackson and Brandon Graham maybe). Sanders isnt really a veteran yet, so I dont count him, but of course he has looked very good (although he still rarely breaks a tackle).
Maybe it is time to start raiding other teams Practice Squads.
I would certainly look to trade Ertz, whose time here is coming to an ugly end. If we could unload more of the veterans for draft picks I would do it, pretty much everyone except Wentz and Sanders should be on the block (and of course the young guys I mentioned above). Obviously I would not move any of our young players unless they are at the bottom of the depth chart (i.e. a guy like Toth or someone if they need to be thrown into a deal).
In a perfect world I would love to see 3 players traded for draft picks. We need quality young players horribly.
Graham (Very, very sadly)
Curry (no value)
Kelce (also horribly sadly)
Jeffries (lol, no one is going to take him even if we through in a draft pick and got nothing back)
Malik Jackson (contract is a big problem or he would be a great trade candidate)
Mills (honestly, I still think he is more hype than player)
Any LB (none of them belong in the NFL, except Singleton who is a good Special Teams Player)
Johnston (I think we could get something for him, he is one of the best punters in the league)
Lane Johnson if healthy. He seems to be in decline at this point, I am not sure he is worth his salary or the next contract.
We wont get much for these guys, but it allows us to pick and choose off other teams practice squads and get a 5th -7th round pick for each. Sorta double dipping at adding youth to the bottom of our roster.