However, Kelly hasn't had the best of circumstances thus far, considering both his first and second options at quarterback have both suffered injuries that have forced them out of games.
Who has been the Eagles' MVP thus far in the season? Which offensive rookie has provided the most at the midway point? Who has been the defensive star of the team? The beauty of being at the midseason point is that it gives everyone an opportunity to take a deep breathe and evaluate what has happened, and dive into what might be to come in Weeks 9-16.
Offensive Player of the Year: LeSean McCoy, Running Back -- You could make a seriously strong argument for DeSean Jackson here. However, with LeSean McCoy on pace for a career year in the passing game, as well as being at the top of the league in multiple rushing categories, it's nearly impossible to take this away from him at the midway point.
McCoy, who's currently on pace for career-highs in YPC, rushing yards, and attempts, has been the clear-cut best player on the offense through the first eight weeks of the season.
Not only is LeSean McCoy having a monster year on the ground, but as mentioned before, his contributions in the passing game are where he's helped this offense excel more than one would think.
In 2012, McCoy had 54 receptions for 373 yards. Through the first eight games of this season, McCoy has already tallied 25 catches for 284 yards. His ability to create plays in open space is second to none in the entire league. It's safe to say that without McCoy on the field, the Eagles would be an anemic offense at best.
Defensive Player of the Year: Fletcher Cox, Defensive End -- No one player on the defense in particular stands out this season, which is no surprise, as the Eagles currently stand at 3-5. However, second-year defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has been one of the few shining players this season on a defense that has been forced to transition from Andy Reid's 4-3 base defense to Chip Kelly's new 3-4 base scheme.
Cox, who was originally drafted as a three-technique 4-3 base defensive tackle, has made a relatively smooth transition to the five-technique 3-4 defensive end.
Cox is currently on pace to surpass his 2012 sack total of 5.5, as he currently has three at the midway point. While you would like to see Cox around the 10-sack per year total, he's adequately adjusting in his first year as a 3-4 defensive end. Cox's current total of 24 hurries currently places him seven ahead of J.J. Watt, who's regarded as one of the best defensive ends in football. Cox, if he manages to stay on pace, would shatter his 2012 total of 14, by almost four times the amount.
Most Disappointing Player: Nick Foles, Quarterback -- Many of you were probably looking for Michael Vick here, but why? If you truly understand this football team, you should've been made well aware that you shouldn't expect much from Vick at this point in his career. He's incapable of staying healthy for the duration of a 16-game season, and is only reliable in short doses.
On the other hand, Foles, who was expected to be the player to take over for the Eagles in the event that Vick went down, has been nothing short of disappointing this season. While he hasn't registered a turnover this season, and the fact that he is playing behind the fifth-worst pass blocking offensive line in football according to Pro Football Focus doesn't help, Foles' inability to make decisions in key moments or place the ball down the field with accuracy is a serious concern moving forward.
Foles currently has 57% completion percentage, which ranks him in the bottom 10 of quarterbacks who have started at least one game. Foles' only two career wins have come on the road against awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams. He should've been thankful to leave the Cowboys' game when he did, because it certainly wasn't going to get any better for the second-year signal caller, who only managed to register 80 yards passing on 29 attempts.
Most Improved Player: Brandon Boykin, Defensive Back -- When he's been available, Boykin has been a really fun player to watch in 2013. He looks a lot more comfortable in coverage this season, compared to last, where he was overshadowed by players no longer on the roster such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rogers-Cromarite, and company. Boykin looks more the part on the field than free agent acquisition Bradley Fletcher, but still primarily plays on third downs and spells Fletcher on occasion. There's a spot in the NFL for Boykin as a top-level corner; unfortunately, it may not come in Philadelphia if both Chip Kelly and Billy Davis don't give him more of an opportunity.
Most Valuable Player: DeSean Jackson & LeSean McCoy -- It was entirely too hard to pick just between both LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, so the right thing to do was to select both as the midseason MVPs.
DeSean Jackson is currently on pace for a 90 catch 1,346 yard 10 touchdown season. One might not realize that with how anemic the passing game has looked at times, but Jackson is quietly having a very productive season.
As mentioned before, McCoy is also on pace for record numbers in regards to his own previous career-highs, which puts both players in position to help lead the charge for a strong second-half of the 2013 season.
Chris is the Lead College Football writer for www.edraft.com and also runs the new NFL Draft site www.scoutingthedraft.com. Chris has covered college football, the NFL, and the NFL Draft for over 9 years for multiple media outlets. His work has been seen on SI.com and USA TODAY Sports. Chris has also been covering the Philadelphia Eagles extensively since 2009.
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