The final wild card game of the weekend features the defending Super Bowl champs visiting Soldier Field and the NFC North champion, Chicago Bears.
It’s Nick Foles and Khalil Mack. The upstart Bears who nobody considered a threat when the year began against perhaps the best back-up quarterback in NFL history.
But, which Eagles and which Bears might not be wearing the same uniforms next year?
That’s what we’re here to look at today.
|RUNNING BACK||JAY AJAYI||26|
|DEFENSIVE END||BRANDON GRAHAM||31|
|DEFENSIVE END||CHRIS LONG||34|
|LONG SNAPPER||RICK LOVATO||26|
|WIDE RECEIVER||JORDAN MATTHEWS||27|
|DEFENSIVE TACKLE||HALOTI NGATA||35|
|TIGHT END||RICHARD RODGERS||27|
|RUNNING BACK||DARREN SPROLES||36|
|WIDE RECEIVER||GOLDEN TATE||31|
|WIDE RECEIVER||MIKE WALLACE||33|
PLAYER TO WATCH: K, JAKE ELLIOTT
In today’s NFL, the kicker has become more important than ever. Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know this more than anyone.
Jake Elliott has made some impressive kicks in his career through two seasons in the league he has a 83.9% made field goal percentage. He’s made exactly 26 of 31 field goals in each season with longs of 61-yards in 2017 and 56-yards in 2018.
Elliott has missed five extra points in the same span.
Cairo Santos made 75% of his field goals in his seven weeks with the Bucs making nine of twelve attempts. He made all seventeen of his extra point tries.
The Super Bowl winning kicker also had 70% of his kickoffs result in touchbacks. Up from 50% last season.
Tampa Bay has struggled to find consistent kickers over the years, and if the Eagles somehow allow Elliott to hit the open market, Jason Licht needs to make sure his first trip is to Tampa, Florida.
|WIDE RECEIVER||JOSH BELLAMY||30|
|TIGHT END||BEN BRAUNECKER||25|
|RUNNING BACK||BENNY CUNNINGHAM||29|
|RIGHT TACKLE||BOBBY MASSIE||30|
|TIGHT END||ZACH MILLER||34|
|DEFENSIVE END||ROY ROBERTSON-HARRIS||26|
|LONG SNAPPER||PATRICK SCALES||31|
|WIDE RECEIVER||KEVIN WHITE||27|
|DEFENSIVE END||NICK WILLIAMS||29|
PLAYER TO WATCH: WR, KEVIN WHITE
It might be hard to watch White this Sunday, and it’s exactly why he’ll likely be available this off-season.
White was active for just the ninth time in 2018 during Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings thanks to an injury to wide receiver Allen Robinson.
Robinson likely would have played if it was a must-win, but it wasn’t. So he sat, and White was activated.
He made one receptions for 22-yards. The reception gave him four on the year for 92-yards and no touchdowns.
White’s longest reception of his career happened this year as well. You might remember it. He caught the hail Mary attempt from quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the one-yard line at the end of Chicago’s loss to New England this year.
For his career, White has 25 catches for 285-yards and has yet to find the end zone. For a former first-round draft pick in 2015, saying his career has been a disappointment is a big understatement.
Robinson looks like he’s likely to come back in this game against the Eagles. Which means White may be inactive again.
If so, it only solidifies what may already be sealed. White will be looking for a new opportunity in 2019. And while the Bucs may have had a rather effective offense in 2018, it’s not everyday you get a chance to rehabilitate a receiver who was once compared to DeAndre Hopkins at the price you’ll get White for this off-season.
Philadelphia and Chicago face-off late Sunday afternoon to wrap up wild card weekend.
It should be a fun slate of games for all football fans, even if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t a part of it.
In case you missed it, you can find the rest of our wild card free-agent preview, here:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ HOUSTON TEXANS (SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 4:35 PM EST)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS @ DALLAS COWBOYS (SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH, 8:15 PM EST)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (SUNDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 1:05 PM EST)