Eagles Wake-Up Call: Howie’s Ill-Advised Gamble

Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)

Howie Roseman. (USA Today Sports)

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 »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles’ Trade

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

The Eagles made a controversial splash yesterday when they traded with the Browns for the second overall pick in the draft. Naturally, opinions on the move were divided. Here are some of the more interesting reactions from around the web. Read more »

Howie Roseman: ‘Sam Bradford Is Our Starting QB’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman wanted to put the rumors to rest before he opened up his press conference. The Eagles had just announced that they acquired the No. 2 overall pick in next week’s draft, but Roseman indicated the team’s starting quarterback for 2016 hasn’t changed.

“Let me be clear: Sam Bradford is our starting quarterback,” Roseman said. “We told Sam that. We intend to support him and the moves we made this offseason, we believe, will give us a chance to compete this season.”

The Eagles acquired the No. 2 pick and Cleveland’s 2017 fourth-round pick by giving up their 2016 first-round pick (No. 8 overall), 2016 third-round pick (No. 77 overall), 2016 fourth-round pick (No. 100 overall), 2017 first-round pick and 2018 second-round pick. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Leftovers From Pederson, Roseman

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Here are a few lingering thoughts and notes following Monday’s 45-minute pre-draft media session with Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson:

*I found Pederson’s comments on Carson Wentz versus Jared Goff interesting. The new head coach said he thought the prospects were “pretty even” and feels both have potential to be franchise quarterbacks, but twice referenced Goff’s size (6-4, 215) relative to Wentz (6-5, 237) and at one point Paxton Lynch (6-7, 244), and called Wentz “a little better athlete right now.” He talked Wentz up on a number of occasions, but Goff not so much.

This is a time of misdirection and smokescreens and all that, but here’s where my head’s at:
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With No New Deal In Place, Cox To Skip Minicamp

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

After skipping the first two weeks of the Eagles’ offseason program, Fletcher Cox is expected to also miss minicamp this week, according to Doug Pederson.

The head coach, however, said he didn’t mind because the activities are voluntary.

“I’m okay with Fletcher Cox not being here,” Pederson said. “Do we miss him? Yeah, we miss him and we’d love to have him around, but right now, he’s hopefully keeping himself in shape and getting ready to go. I’m excited to when I do finally get to work with him.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Eagles Still Want A QB

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles appeared to have a plan. Shore up the defense in free agency. Sign Chase Daniel to mentor a blue-chip quarterback in the draft. Trade up to ensure this quarterback would be an Eagle.

And then the Rams trade happened.

Naturally, the national and local media had a lot to say about where the Eagles might be headed.

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Wake-Up Call: What the Eagles’ Draft History Tells Us

Ronnie Stanley. (USA Today Sports)

If the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, it seems reasonable that we should look to the Eagles’ draft history for guidance. And given that Jeffrey Lurie appears intent on recreating an era gone by at One NovaCare Way, examining the old regime’s tendencies might be particularly helpful in this case.

Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman both grew their NFL chops while working under Andy Reid, who is a firm believer in building football teams from the inside-out. That philosophy showed up time and again in late April.

Let’s take a quick look back at the Eagles’ first-round selections with Reid at the helm: Read more »

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