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The Philadelphia Eagles have significant grounds to anticipate a substantial improvement after their late-season collapse.

During the offseason, A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith secured new deals, enhancing their exceptional wide receiver duo. Additionally, star running back Saquon Barkley is set to join them, alleviating the pressure on their shoulders.

Reports suggest that Brown dedicated himself to rigorous training this offseason, evident in his visibly sculpted physique in a recent selfie shared by Philly Sports Trips.

Brown excelled in the 2023 season, accumulating 1,456 receiving yards and scoring seven touchdowns, leading to his third Pro Bowl selection in just five NFL seasons.

Although the addition of Barkley bolstered an already talented offense for Philly, their previous season’s struggle primarily revolved around defense.

They ranked poorly in points allowed (30th) and yards conceded (26th), a stark contrast to their previous season’s impressive 8th and 2nd rankings, respectively.

This decline was evident in their late-season form with five losses in the last six regular-season games and an early playoff exit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, following a promising 10-1 start to the year.

Recognizing the defensive woes, the Eagles reassigned play-calling responsibilities from Sean Desai to senior defensive assistant Matt Patricia before appointing Vic Fangio as the new defensive coordinator in hopes of replicating the successful 2022 defensive performance.

The expectations are high for the Eagles’ defense under Fangio’s guidance, especially with their offense poised for greater heights compared to the previous season.

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