Scouts Inc. has evaluated the team needs for all 32 NFL teams. Here's a breakdown of the NFC East.
Before the Eagles can try to upgrade their roster, they first must repair the collective team psyche in the wake of the Terrell Owens fiasco. This was a team divided last season, so coach Andy Reid needs to get everyone focused on the task at hand. Philadelphia made a subtle, but important, move to lock up personnel man Tom Heckert Jr. -- pursued by Minnesota in the offseason. His return should make the offseason much smoother. The Eagles still are an extremely talented team that, with some key acquisitions, can challenge for the NFC East crown.
Wide receiver: Perhaps the only good to come out of the T.O. circus last season was the valuable playing time it afforded rookie Reggie Brown over the last month and a half. Brown played well and proved ready to be at least a reliable No. 2 receiver in 2006. Todd Pinkston should be back from an Achilles' injury, but he isn't a No. 1 target.
Offensive tackle: This position has been in good hands over the last few years, but is a concern heading into 2006. LT Tra Thomas, 31, is coming off major back surgery and could be a cap casualty. Unrestricted free agent RT Jon Runyan will test the open market. Backups Todd Herremans and Artis Hicks are not the answer.
Outside linebacker: Keith Adams didn't produce as expected last season, and second-round pick Mike McCoy wasn't ready to inherit a starting role. Dhani Jones and Jeremiah Trotter return, but they could use some help from a speedy playmaker.
Defensive end: Jevon Kearse is showing far too much wear and tear for a player entering his fifth season. He isn't the ultra-explosive player he used to be, or even a legitimate double-digit sack threat. Unrestricted free agent N.D. Kalu probably won't be back. Trent Cole was a solid addition last season, but is still a little raw.
Defensive tackle: Philadelphia clearly missed Corey Simon inside, as the team ranked 21st against the run last season. First-round pick Mike Patterson, who improved as the season wore on, could be ready for a full-fledged breakout, but Darwin Walker is coming off a down year. Hollis Thomas and Sam Rayburn provide good depth, but little big-play ability.