With training camps officially underway around the NFL, we are moving closer and closer to the regular season kicking off. The NFC East, as a whole, is looking to bounce back in 2021.
Every team in the division finished with a sub-.500 record during the 2020 season. The Washington Football Team won the division in Week 17 with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, finishing the season 7-9.
While each team has changed heading into the 2021 season, whether it is a new coaching staff or upgrading the roster, there are still some questions each team will have to figure out heading into the regular season.
Here is one major question that every NFC East team must answer during training camp.
Dallas Cowboys: Was Enough Done To Improve The Defense?
The Dallas Cowboys’ 2020 season was derailed by injuries. Dak Prescott and virtually the entire offensive line went down during the season, leaving the offense sputtering down the stretch. However, even if they were healthy, Dallas would have struggled to win games with how poorly their defense played.
Mike Nolan was replaced by Dan Quinn this offseason to help get the defense back on track. Seven of their draft picks were used on defensive players as they look to turn the tide on that side of the ball.
But, was enough done to improve this unit? The Cowboys have a high-octane offense that will need to score a lot of points if the defense cannot get on track in 2021.
New York Giants: Is The Offensive Line Good Enough?
The New York Giants spent the offseason upgrading the supporting cast for quarterback Daniel Jones. They spent a lot of money in free agency bringing in Kenny Golladay, John Ross, Kyle Rudolph and Devontae Booker. A first-round pick was used on Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney.
While the weapons were upgraded, did the team do enough to make sure that Jones is protected and can get the ball into the hands of those playmakers? Kevin Zeitler was released and they didn’t do anything to replace him.
The offensive line is a major question mark for the Giants, again. They need to play well to get this offense on track.
Philadelphia Eagles: Who Steps Up To Help Jalen Hurts
The Philadelphia Eagles are officially embarking on the Jalen Hurts era. They traded Carson Wentz away this offseason to the Indianapolis Colts and are going to use Hurts as their starting quarterback.
Hurts can make plays with his legs, but he needs to improve in the passing game. His accuracy was a major issue as a rookie, as he completed only 52 percent of his passes. Part of that is on him, but the Eagles also lack playmakers.
A first-round pick was used on Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, but there is not much established talent for Hurts to throw to. There isn’t a wide receiver on the roster with more than two years of NFL experience.
Philadelphia needs someone to step up during training camp so that Hurts can find some success throwing the ball.
Washington Football Team: How Much Fitzmagic Is Left?
The Washington Football Team had a roller coaster ride of 2020 when it came to the quarterback position. Their first-round draft pick from 2019, Dwayne Haskins, was released midseason. Kyle Allen started four games, but it was Alex Smith who made a miraculous return to the field that helped the team win the division.
Smith was unable to play in the Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Taylor Heinicke started that game. Four different quarterbacks started games for Washington last season and now they are turning the reins over to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The question is, how much does Fitzpatrick have left in the tank? He looked good with the Miami Dolphins last season, but going on 39-years old, it is fair to question how much of an upgrade he is, if he is an upgrade at all. Washington’s chances at the NFC East title rest on Fitzmagic.