The Philadelphia Eagles enter the upcoming season with the goal of repeating as NFC East champions. While that's priority No. 1 for the roster, there are 31 players who are looking to impress in 2020 because they're set to hit the open market in 2021. The Eagles' more prominent players are locked in for 2021 and beyond, but Philly has some key guys who can make their case for a new contract at season's end.
Here are three impending free agents on the Eagles that have the most to prove in 2020.
3. RB Boston Scott
Once pivotal offensive players on the Eagles started dropping like flies late last season, one man stepped up when it mattered most: running back Boston Scott. The practice squad back shined last season, rushing for 245 yards and five touchdowns on 61 carries, while catching 24 passes on 26 targets for 204 yards. Philadelphia's front office obviously had faith in Scott's ability to repeat that success when they didn't add a significant running back in free agency or the NFL Draft. Plus, the team's expected to give Scott a larger role in 2020. If he can produce with these extra snaps, a significant contract will be headed his way at season's end.
2. S Jalen Mills
One of the more confusing moves the Eagles made was cutting ties with star safety Malcolm Jenkins. With the veteran gone, the coaching staff is placing their confidence in Jalen Mills to take over his role. Last season as a cornerback, Mills allowed 31 receptions on 54 targets for 530 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jenkins didn't allow a single touchdown through 16 games. Mills has no room to struggle this upcoming campaign. If he proves that he's far from suitable at safety, he'll likely lose starter reps to Will Parks. Once that happens, Mills will likely be looking for a job on another squad for team-friendly money.
1. CB Sidney Jones
Sidney Jones was projected to be a first-round pick in 2017, but dropped to the Eagles' laps in the second round due to an Achilles injury. Jones has mostly spent his time as a rotational defensive back due to the presence of Ronald Darby and Rasul Douglas. Last season was arguably Jones' strongest, as he allowed just 16 completions on 31 targets for 210 yards and two scores. Now, Jones has a shot to earn a starting cornerback job alongside offseason acquisition Darius Slay. If he can put up strong numbers for the Eagles next year, he'll be in line for a nice payday in 2021.