Hello again and welcome back to the fifth part of our series of articles looking at hypothetical divisional squads and representative teams for all eight NFL divisions.

Contents

    Over the last couple of weeks, we have picked our four squads and teams for all the AFC divisions; the AFC South, AFC West, AFC North and AFC East.

    Now we are moving on to the NFC and to start with, the NFC East.

    Our pre-season flight of fancy is one thing, but NFC East teams feature prominently in the latest Super Bowl odds available at bet365 Sport. Which is certainly well worth paying attention to in what is a very strong looking division.

    So is the NFC East still the powerhouse in that Conference? And how strong will their Divisional Squad and starters on defence, offense and special teams be?

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    Let’s now take a look at the teams eligible to provide members for our hypothetical NFC East divisional squad of 53 and starting 11 on defense, offense and four key special team players.

    NFC East

    • Dallas Cowboys
    • New York Giants
    • Philadelphia Eagles
    • Washington Commanders

    What Are The Rules For The Squad Selection?

    • All players must be from one of the four teams in the NFC East.
    • All Divisional squads will be comprised of the same number of players (53).
    • All Divisional squads will be selected with the same number of players in each position.
    • In addition to the 53 squad players, a starting Offense (11 players) and Defense (11 players) will be picked. Along with this we name a manager and four special teams players.

    Each squad is made up of the following number of players in each position.

    Offense (24 players)

    • Quarterback – 3
    • Running Back – 2
    • Full Back – 1
    • Wide Receiver – 6
    • Tight End – 2
    • Left Tackle – 2
    • Left Guard – 2
    • Center – 2
    • Right Guard – 2
    • Right Tackle – 2

    Defense (25 players)

    • Defensive Tackle – 4
    • Defensive Ends – 5
    • Inside Linebacker – 2
    • Outside Linebacker / Edge Rusher – 4
    • Strong Safety – 2
    • Free Safety – 2
    • Cornerbacks – 6

    Special Teams (4 players)

    • Kicker – 1
    • Punter – 1
    • Specialist Punt/Kick Off Returner – 1
    • Long Snapper – 1

    Plus we also name a head coach for the team from one of the four teams in that division.

    NFC East – Squad Selection

    PosNameTeamRatingPosNameTeamRating
    OffenseDefense
    QBDak PrescottDallas CowboysB+DTDex.LawrenceNY GiantsA+
    QBJalen HurtsPhil. EaglesA+DTFletcher CoxPhil. EaglesA
    QBDaniel JonesNY GiantsB-DTJon. AllenWash. Comm.A
    RBRashaad PennyPhil. EaglesBDTJordan DavisPhil. EaglesB+
    RBD’Andre SwiftPhil. EaglesBDELen. WilliamsNY GiantsA
    FBKen. GainwellPhil. EaglesB-DEDerek BarnettPhil. EaglesB+
    WRAJ BrownPhil. EaglesADEBran. GrahamPhil. EaglesB+
    WRTerry McLaurinW. CommandersA-DEMontez SweatWash. Comm.A-
    WRCeeDee LambDallas CowboysA-DEJosh SweatPhil. EaglesA-
    WRDeVonta SmithPhil. EaglesB+ILBJamin DavisWash. CommB+
    WRJahan DotsonW.CommandersBILBL Vander EschDallas C.B
    WRBrandin CooksDallas CowboysB+L/EMicah ParsonsDallas C.A+
    TEDarren WallerNY GiantsAL/EAz. OjulariNY GiantsA
    TEDallas GoedertPhil. EaglesA-L/EHaasn ReddickPhil. EaglesA+
    LTJordan MailataPhil. EaglesAL/EK.ThibodeauxNY GiantsA-
    LTTyler SmithDallas CowboysASSK’von WallacePhil. EaglesB+
    LGShane LemieuxNY GiantsB-SSKamren CurlWash. Comm.A-
    LGMark GlowinskiNY GiantsBFSDon. WilsonDallas C.B+
    CJason KelcePhil. EaglesA+FSJeremy ReavesWash. Comm.B
    CTyler BiadaszDallas CowboysBCOJms BradberryPhil. EaglesA
    RGZack MartinDallas CowboysA-COStep’n GilmoreDallas C.A
    RGLan. DickersonPhil. EaglesACOJourd. LewisDallas.CB+
    RTLane JohnsonPhil. EaglesA+COKendal FullerWash. Comm.B+
    RTTyron SmithDallas CowboysACODarius SlayPhil. EaglesA-
    Special TeamsCOTrevon DiggsDallas C.A
    KJake ElliottPhil. EaglesB+Head Coach
    PBryan AngerDallas CowboysB+HCNick SirianniPhil. EaglesA
    KRQuez WatkinsPhil. EaglesBNominated Home Stadium (Capacity)
    LSTrent SiegDallas CowboysB-STAT&T Stadium (Dallas)(80,000)

    NFC East Squad Gradings

    Offense

    • Quarterbacks – B+
    • Running/Full Backs –  B-
    • Wide Receivers – A-
    • Tight Ends – A
    • Offensive Line – A-
    • Overall Offense – A-

    Defense

    • Defensive Line – A-
    • Edge Rushers – A
    • Linebackers – B+
    • Safeties – B
    • Corners – A-

    Special Teams

    • Kicker – B+
    • Punter – B+
    • Kick Returner – B
    • Long Snapper – B-

    Team Intangibles

    • Experience – B
    • Pace – A-
    • Physicality – A
    • Mental Toughness – B+
    • HC Effectiveness – A

    NFC East Starters

    OffenseDefense
    PosNameTeamRatPosNameTeamRat
    QBJalen HurtsEaglesA+DEMontez SweatCommandersA-
    RBRashad PennyEaglesBDTDext. LawrenceGiantsA+
    WR1AJ BrownEaglesADTFletcher CoxEaglesA
    WR2CeeDee LambCowboysA-DELen. WilliamsGiantsA-
    WR3Terry McLaurinCommandersA-OLBHaason ReddickEaglesA+
    TEDarren WallerGiantsAILBJamin DavisCommandersB+
    LTTyler SmithCowboysAOLBMicah ParsonsCowboysA+
    LGMark GlownskiGiantsBFSDon. WilsonCowboysB+
    CJason KelceEaglesA+SSKamren CurlCommandersA-
    RGLd. DickersonEaglesACB1Trevon DiggsCowboysA
    RTLane JohnsonEaglesA+CB2Jmes BradberryEaglesA
    Special Teams
    KJake ElliotEaglesB+ PBryan AngererCowboysB+
    LSTrent SiefCowboysB- PRQuez WatkinsEaglesB

    NFC East Starting XI Analysis

    • Dallas Cowboys – 7 starters
    • New York Giants – 4 starters
    • Philadelphia Eagles – 11 starters
    • Washington Commanders – 4 starters

    Strengths

    • Very strong duel-threat quarterback with outstanding receivers.
    • Strong along the offensive line and at tight end.
    • Shutdown corners.
    • Best outside linebacker pairing possible in the NFL.
    • Absolutely formidable defensive line, arguably the most powerful of all these squads.
    • Innovative and talented head coach

    Weaknesses

    • Special teams good but nothing special.
    • Running Back a position of weakness.
    • Inside linebacker not the strongest.
    • Defence has immense power, but that front line is not the quickest.

    Key Player – Offense

    Jalen Hurts (Eagles) QB – The NFC East chances of success on offense would hinge on several Eagles stars with Hurts the most important. A huge dual-threat QB whose play last season moved him into the elite QB’s in the NFL.

    Key Player – Defense

    Micah Parsons (Cowboys) – The NFC East have two of the very best outside linebacker/edge rushers in the NFL in Reddick and Parsons but it is the pace, tenacity and fiery will to win of Parsons that will set this hugely impressive defensive unit alight.

    Conclusion

    The NFC East is highly regarded in the conference and it is easy to see why with the calibre of this squad. Leaning heavily on the quality of the Eagles and Cowboys in particular, this is a team and squad packed with talent right the way through. It also features a number of the best players in their position in the NFL. This is a stacked squad that I feel would stand a great chance of qualifying as the NFC Champion against its 3 other divisional rivals.

    Overall Team Rating – A-

    With the only real weakness being at running back and perhaps guard, this NFC East squad would be hugely difficult for any of the other NFC teams to get the better of.