LAST YEAR: Chip Kelly was fired before final game and team missed playoffs for second straight year. Sam Bradford showed enough in second half to get two-year contract extension, but Eagles traded slew of picks to move up to No. 2 overall to select Carson Wentz. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox developed into top player and received huge contract. New coach Doug Pederson brings familiarity back to organization; he played behind Donovan McNabb for Andy Reid and was assistant under Reid in Philly and Kansas City.
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IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QBs Wentz and Chase Daniel, CB Leodis McElvin and Ron Brooks, G Brandon Brooks, S Rodney McLeod, WR Rueben Randle, OL Stefan Wisniewski,
CAMP NEEDS: Determine starters at wide receiver, left guard, two of three cornerback spots, kicker. Get acclimated to Pederson's offense and new defense under Jim Schwartz. Build chemistry with new faces on both sides of ball. Keep Bradford healthy. Have Wentz adjust to NFL.
EXPECTATIONS: Rebuilding is more realistic than playoff push, but there's no dominant team in NFC East, so can't you rule out contention. Giving Bradford $22 million guaranteed on two-year deal means management didn't want to disregard this season. Defense has potential for success under Schwartz but there could be some growing pains.
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