2017 NFL Power Rankings Preseason Week 2: Los Angeles Rams take major step forward

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17. Philadelphia Eagles (15)

In limited action, Carson Wentz (4 of 4 for 56 yards with a touchdown) looked sharp as expected for the Philadelphia Eagles, but the second-year quarterback heads into the second week of preseason having to deal with the organization moving on from one of his favorite targets. In a surprise move, the Eagles sent wide receiver Jordan Matthews as part of a trade to bring Ronald Darby on board at cornerback.

Losing Matthews may have been frustrating for Wentz, but at least he’ll still be in good shape with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, who the team brought on board through free agency. Not to mention, the bold move to trade Matthews must also mean Philadelphia has a ton of confidence in Nelson Agholor, who has been nothing but a bust so far in his career, but has looked impressive at times over the course of training camp.

Thursday’s game against the Green Bay Packers was the perfect example of how much of an issue the cornerback position is for the Eagles, and hopefully the addition of Darby will help fix that. Otherwise, Philadelphia’s defense could be in for another long season like last year, and will struggle to compete in the NFC East.