February 16, 2024   3 MIN READ

Depth Wanted

ITB: State of the Eagles' Offense


While the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense is loaded with star power, questions still remain on that side of the ball.

On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher provided intel on the team’s latest transactions and discussed the depth of the current offense. 

Tanner McKee

GETTY IMAGES: Will Eagles give second-year QB Tanner McKee a chance for the backup job?

Julian Okwara

Adam Caplan: “He has spent three different stints on injured reserve. He is real long; a height, weight, speed guy. Once they get into OTAs, the hope is they bring him to training camp. If he doesn’t look good, they’ll cut him. You are looking for depth, at best he is the fourth best outside linebacker.”

Geoff Mosher: “He is a pass rusher, an outside linebacker type which is a position of priority for the Eagles. They are always going to do their due diligence on that. People have tried to connect dots between the Haason Reddick situation. If Reddick was signed to a 30-year deal, they still would have gone after Okwara.”


Caplan: “Tanner McKee is not ready to be the number two. He was better in the preseason games than he was in training camp. I am interested to see if he can be the long term backup to Hurts.”

Mosher: “The challenge is if the Eagles want to sign a veteran backup, you have to wonder how much guaranteed money they want to give their veteran backup. If they really like what they saw from McKee, maybe they want to give him a chance to battle for the number two spot. With the new rules, you can have a veteran on your practice squad.”

Wide Receiver

Caplan: “They only have three players under contract from last season and only two are wide receivers: A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. For Britain Covey who is a tremendous punt returner, we saw a little bit late in the season where he played slot receiver, will he finally get a shot?”

Mosher: “It is a very top-heavy position. It helps that two of those guys are top 10 in the league, so you are not worried about that as long as those guys are coming back. I think Covey is too small to be a 65% [snaps] player in the slot. But I think he is the perfect gadget player to get the ball in his hands.”


Caplan: “If (Jason) Kelce retires, as we expect, there is not much. There is (Cam) Jurgens who would take his place. They have Lester Smith, a kid that the Cardinals drafted three years ago. He is with them for a reserve/future contract.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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