Ah, mid-July. The NBA and NHL free agent frenzies have died down and the insanity of the MLB commerce deadline continues to be a couple of weeks away, as is the begin of NFL coaching camps.
For it being the slowest time of the yr for the Eagles, there’s fairly a bit to get to in right now’s version of What They’re Saying.
I assume that tends to occur if you when the Tremendous Bowl, but there is no approach of figuring out for positive because it’s by no means occurred earlier than.
Anyway, let’s get proper into it, we could?
Might Eagles miss playoffs?
Will Brinson | CBSSports.com
Brinson listed the Eagles as considered one of 4 groups he believes will take a step again in 2018. Please, Eagles followers, do not shoot the messenger (me).
Why They Gained’t Make the Playoffs: Certainly one of the largest causes includes the workforce’s largest power: the quarterback place. Wentz is coming from an ACL damage and Foles is notoriously streaky. Wentz failing to get well, or coping with a setback of some sort, does not mechanically imply Foles comes in and wins MVP. This can be a group that misplaced its offensive coordinator (Frank Reich) and quarterbacks coach (John DeFillipo). There are a slew of different accidents to watch as nicely. Jason Peters is coming back from an ACL damage at the age of 36. Darren Sproles is getting back from a damaged arm and a torn ACL. Jordan Hicks is getting back from an Achilles tear. Alshon Jeffery is coming back from shoulder surgical procedure after battling via to play the whole yr. Timmy Jernigan is abruptly coping with again points, no straightforward difficulty for an enormous man who battles in the center. Philadelphia was 13th in adjusted video games misplaced final yr, so it isn’t prefer it handled tons of damage points general. And the NFC goes to be actually robust this yr. Each single division has at the very least one reliable Tremendous Bowl contender and most of them have two. Somebody might win 10 video games and miss the postseason in this convention.
Why They May Make the Playoffs: As a result of Roseman’s constructed a very deep and gifted roster, one clearly able to overcoming attrition to win a whole lot of video games and make a deep playoff run. The Foles factor has been a hot-take matter this offseason, but the cause the Eagles do not need to commerce him is a worry of Wentz not being wholesome and the significance of the quarterback place. Doug Pederson is an effective sufficient coach the place the Eagles can maintain proper on cruising regardless of some accidents. He proved as a lot final yr. It is troublesome to seek out an space of weak spot for the Eagles and it is truthful to imagine the secondary (do not forget about Sidney Jones) and receivers (Mack Hollins, ahem) might proceed to solely get higher. Wentz might be going into his third season — expectations shall be large and he has managed to satisfy them each step of the approach. That is, by far, the weakest NFC division in my opinion. The Eagles might steamroll everybody once more. We thought the Cowboys would do the similar final yr too. [cbssports.com]
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Too quickly to inform
Reuben Frank | NBC Sports activities Philadelphia
One more reason some have stated the Eagles might wrestle this yr is their schedule. And positive, it seems to be robust now, but that may change shortly between now and the center of the season.
Additionally, I do not disagree with Roob’s second statement right here, particularly the first a part of it.
7. The entire notion that this group’s schedule is basically robust and that staff’s schedule is tremendous straightforward is foolish. The NFL is such a non-linear league. The truth is you don’t ever have any clue. Take a look at final yr. NFL.com’s preseason rankings had the Vikings 18th, the Panthers 19th, the Eagles 20th, the Saints 22nd, the Chargers 24th, the Payments 25th, the Jaguars 26th and the Rams 27th. Backside of the barrel. Straightforward opponents. Circle these as wins. Nicely, these eight groups went a mixed 87-41 (and all but the Chargers made the playoffs). The Packers, Raiders, Giants, Buccaneers and Texans have been ranked third, 4th, sixth and 14th and they went a mixed 18-46. The truth is the NFL is unpredictable and what seems to be like a troublesome stretch now might wind up being straightforward — and vice versa. You actually by no means know.
eight. I can see Smallwood getting reduce at the finish of coaching camp, signing with the Patriots and dashing for 788 yards with 34 catches. If he can discover a strategy to keep wholesome. [nbcsports.com]
The longer term is shiny
The Ringer NFL Present | by way of Bleeding Inexperienced Nation
Because of Brandon Lee Gowton over at Bleeding Inexperienced for transcribing this phase from the The Ringer NFL Present in which all three hosts gush over the Eagles’ quarterback room. The query they’re answering, in case you are questioning, is which group in the NFL has the best five-year outlook at the quarterback place.
ROBERT MAYS: I consider all of us share the similar No. 1. Danny, why don’t you kick us off.
DANNY KELLY: Oh yeah. Carson Wentz, child.
MAYS: Yeah. It’s the Eagles for me as properly.
KELLY: He’s 25, I feel, and his rookie contract nonetheless has a couple of years on it. Plus a fifth-year choice. He’s coming in at an unimaginable discount, even being the second [overall] decide. Even at that, he’s an unimaginable discount for them for a pair years. They already have an extremely stacked roster. In fact, they’re going to face some questions on what to do with their cap but he provides them that flexibility going ahead. He’s a very good participant, too, you recognize. So they’re in the catbird seat in phrases of the D phrase, the dynasty phrase proper now. Simply due to what they’ve acquired at the quarterback place.
MAYS: They’re going to pay their quarterbacks the 16th most of any workforce in the NFL this yr and that’s with Nick Foles, their backup quarterback, making $13.6 million.
KEVIN CLARK: Carson Wentz is the 201st highest paid participant in the NFL. He’s the sixth highest paid participant on the Philadelphia Eagles. And he’s the 28th highest paid quarterback in the NFL. He’ll make seven million towards the cap this yr, eight million towards the cap subsequent yr, after which he’ll have a fifth-year choice. He’ll hit free company, if they don’t franchise tag him, in 2021. Now, what’s essential right here is that they additionally have a backup quarterback who gained the Tremendous Bowl! So that you’re going to love that quarterback room, guys.
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MAYS: Yeah. Once I was sort of interested by this listing extra as of a theoretical factor, earlier than I even began itemizing individuals or figuring it out, I simply assumed they’d be No. 1. As I checked out it much more, it simply hit house even more durable. It’s actually exhausting to persuade your self there’s a state of affairs the place [Wentz] could possibly be something lower than No. 1. I feel that’s, once more, once you’re doing one thing like this, and also you simply know who the clear minimize man is, that helps you tailor the remainder of the dialog round it. Who’s the closest to Carson Wentz? And truthfully, that’s why Jared Goff virtually made my record. But he simply fell off. If Cam Newton is sixth, Goff might be seven as a result of I simply really feel like Goff is extra a product of his state of affairs and his circumstances than Wentz even is. And that’s why he didn’t even make it for me. [theringer.com, by way of bleedinggreennation.com]
On the rise
Tim McManus | ESPN.com
Over at ESPN, the 4 NFC East writers provided a couple of predictions about the division they overlaying, together with which participant they assume is a rising star in the division. Three of the 4, together with Eagles author Tim McManus picked Derek Barnett.
“Barnett is a technician and the more guys like that play the better they become,” stated Redskins beat author John Keim. “Barnett will get more reps this season with the loss of Vinny Curry. … Barnett is talented and surrounded by good talent and he’ll play more. It adds up to taking that next step this season.”
“Barnett’s going to be a force,” added Giants author Jordan Raanan.
This is what McManus needed to say:
The Eagles’ D-line was stacked final season, but Barnett carved out a big position as a rookie, enjoying 41 % of the snaps for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. He rewarded his DC by posting 5 sacks and arising with numerous clutch performs, together with a fumble restoration on Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Tom Brady to seal Tremendous Bowl LII. Barnett, the all-time sack chief at the College of Tennessee, has an opportunity to earn a beginning gig reverse Graham this season. The want-to and skillset are there. He is obtained an actual shot at having a breakout yr, and can be extra of a family identify nationally earlier than lengthy. [espn.com]
An enormous choice awaits
Turron Davenport | The Eagles Wire
The primary two gamers that Turron mentions, given their respective ages and damage historical past, are considerably apparent: Jason Peters and Darren Sproles. The subsequent is Jay Ajayi, who solely simply arrived, but can also be getting into a contract yr and lately employed tremendous agent Drew Rosenhaus. After which there’s Brandon Graham, who was final seen swiping a soccer out of Tom Brady’s proper hand.
This one is a troublesome choice for the Eagles. Graham is a fan favourite and chief in the locker room. He additionally occurs to be liable for the most vital defensive play in group historical past – a strip-sack towards the Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LII.
Nevertheless, the Eagles have Derek Barnett ready to take over and they are very excessive on former Florida State defensive finish Josh Sweat, who was chosen in the fourth spherical (No. 130 general) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Graham is gunning for his first double-digit season in sacks, which can solely increase his market worth. It wouldn’t be the hottest transfer, but the Eagles might determine to not re-sign Graham as soon as his contract expires. [theeagleswire.usatoday.com]
Jason Fitzgerald | Sporting Information
That new four-year, $48 million deal (with $25.5 million assured) inked with Tim Jernigan is not wanting that nice proper now. And Jason Fitzgerald of the Sporting Information ranked it as the 16th worst contract in the NFL.
The Eagles are daring with their contracts, and that is no exception. Jernigan’s deal is actually the similar contract the Cowboys labored out with Crawford, and each are constructing on errors. Philly’s seems to be worse since Jernigan was sidelined by a big again damage months after he signed the deal. The damage was critical sufficient that the Eagles have been capable of tweak the ensures, but they shouldn’t have put themselves in the state of affairs in the first place. [sportingnews.com]
Secret (free) agent man
Tommy Lawlor | PhiladelphiaEagles.com
The Jernigan deal apart, the Eagles have achieved an incredible job in free company in current years. And whereas Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas and, to a lesser diploma, Andy Weidl get lots of the credit score, there’s another person behind the scenes who could also be simply as necessary: director of professional scouting Dwayne Joseph.
As Tommy Lawlor sums up at the finish of this story, “You can’t buy a championship, but you can use free agency wisely and it can help you to build a great roster. The Eagles, with the help of Joseph, have done just that.”
Howie Roseman was the NFL Government of the Yr in 2017. He did a powerful job in placing collectively a championship roster. The entire world is conscious of what a fantastic job he did. Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl are key figures on the subject of the draft. They get a variety of consideration when late April rolls round.
Dwayne Joseph is the director of professional scouting for the Eagles, but he stays considerably underneath the radar. If there’s a huge commerce or free agent signing, Roseman receives most of the focus. None of these strikes occur with out the scouting reviews of Joseph and his employees. I do not assume sufficient individuals recognize how very important Joseph is…
The Eagles had their share of free agent misses in the previous. Joseph arrived in Might 2015 and he is helped in figuring out the proper gamers. The Eagles struck gold on stars like Brandon Brooks and Jeffery. They’ve succeeded on mid-level gamers like Nigel Bradham. Additionally they have hit on fairly a couple of guys who turned out to be main bargains. [philadelphiaeagles.com]
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