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Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has started a podcast where he goes one-on-one with decision-makers in the league about how they worked their way up the ladder and the different experiences that have helped shape them.
This week’s subject was Howie Roseman, who spent nearly an hour talking about his path. He recounted his serendipitous run-in with Jack Elway on a plane when he was seven-years old that gave him the confidence to go after a career in football, to his dogged pursuit of said career and the many obstacles he faced. Roseman revealed that he chose to attend the University of Florida because he was “obsessed” with the passing game at the time and wanted to find a job with the Steve Spurrier-led Gators en route to the NFL. Read more »
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Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl each have some notable names attached to their resumes. Douglas, who is expected to be announced as the Eagles’ new personnel head soon, is credited with scouting players like Ray Rice, Lardarius Webb and Pernell McPhee. Weidl — reported to be reuniting with Douglas in Philly — is tied to guys like Haloti Ngata, Tyrod Taylor and Torrey Smith.
One of their biggest hauls, though, proved to be a joint venture.
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Here’s what the media are saying about the Eagles this week.
ESPN’s Peter Keating thinks the Eagles and Rams’ trades for Carson Wentz and Jared Goff were a ‘sucker’s bet’.
Quarterbacks are so important in today’s NFL that landing a good one might seem worth any cost. But here’s the list of QBs acquired by teams trading into the top five picks of the NFL draft since 1980, according to ESPN Stats & Information: Jeff George, Kerry Collins, Ryan Leaf, Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez, Robert Griffin III — and now Goff and Wentz. Boost your confidence?
Truth is, winning organizations always give themselves the chance to find an Andy Dalton or a Russell Wilson later on. They take intelligent deep-draft gambles on interesting players, like Keenan Reynolds. And they maintain their ability to build depth. They accomplish all of this by hoarding picks and trading down. Read more »
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UPDATE: Geoff Mosher tweeted out a few updates.
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A lot to digest following an eventful several days at the NovaCare. Here’s what stood out.
— A story about Carson Wentz I liked:
It would be understandable if the 23-year-old out of Bismarck needed a couple weeks to hibernate. Since capping his college career off with a championship-game win over Jacksonville State, it’s been a whirlwind tour. From the Senior Bowl to the Combine to his pro day; from official visits to private workouts to independent training; media obligations; a trip to Chicago for one of the biggest days of his life, and then off to his new home — Philadelphia — to meet with the masses…it’s been an exhausting run over the last several months.
And yet he’s not interested in any breathers. Read more »
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Sam Bradford and Fletcher Cox are in different situations. While the Eagles don’t appear to want the quarterback long term, they hope to build their defense around the Pro Bowl tackle.
Still, according to Doug Pederson, they’re in the same boat when it comes to holding out of voluntary workouts.
“Anybody that’s not in any of the 32 offseason programs is losing valuable time at that club,” Pederson said. “So anybody that’s not in the offseason program, yes, would lose the time.” Read more »
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Howie Roseman doubled down on his public commitment to Sam Bradford after a report surfaced that Bradford — unhappy with the team’s decision to move up in the draft for a signal-caller — has demanded a trade and will no longer attend the offseason training program. Read more »
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After conflicting reports over Sam Bradford’s desire to request a trade, Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that the Eagles starting quarterback not only wants out of Philadelphia, but he’ll skip the off-season program as well.
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Howie Roseman was making his comeback. He drew up contracts to ensure key players will remain with the Eagles for several more years. He brought in a couple of talented free agents who appear to fill major holes quite nicely. And he seemed adept at managing the juggling act of trying to win in the short-term while being mindful of the long-term.
But he suffered a setback on Wednesday when he decided to trade up in the draft to presumably use the No. 2 overall pick on Carson Wentz.
The main talking point around the NovaCare Complex two days ago was about how unique of an opportunity it was to get that high up in the draft. Roseman is absolutely right about that, but he left out an important piece of information. Read more »