There are a few notes of interest this Monday morning.
One topic discussed in the previous comments section is whether to trade players to fix holes on the current roster. Bryce Brown was one of the players mentioned. Would you move him if you could land a good DB? The theory is that you use resources from areas where you are deep to fix weaker spots. The Eagles have good depth at RB. Use that to fix DB.
This is logical. But I’m not so sure I’d do it. First, is a team really going to be willing to deal a talented SS or FS? There aren’t enough good Safeties in the league. More than likely, you’d be trading for a declining veteran or a talented prospect. Either way, there would be risk.
Brown isn’t just any RB. He showed big time potential last year. I’d be willing to move him, but I’d want equal talent in return and I just don’t think that is likely to happen. Teams de-value RB. Heck, the Eagles found Brown in the 7th round.
What about Nick Foles? If Vick is the QB now, deal Foles while he’s got maximum value (coming off a good game & good summer) and get help for the defense. No way. QB is just too valuable and Foles is a young guy. He’s also cheap. You don’t trade guys like that. Jimmy Bama offered his thoughts on why you shouldn’t trade Foles. It’s amazing how smart Jimmy seems when he agrees with me.
I am open to trading players. And I do know you have to give something to get something. I’m not under the delusion we can deal Damion Square for Jarius Byrd.
I’d be willing to deal talented players like Brent Celek, Clay Harbor, Brandon Graham or Jason Avant for the right offer. I’m open to dealing Matt Barkley. I would just want to make sure I got good return on them, whether picks or players. I’d rather keep these players, but if I can fix some other part of the team, I’d have to listen to offers and weigh the overall situation.
You don’t want to deal young players with high ceilings. Those are the moves that can be disastrous because you’re too short-sighted. I’d rather keep a RB like Brown who has special potential and live with mediocre Safety play for a season than to give him away for a marginal upgrade. But what about Graham? He’s young and very talented. This is where scheme fit comes into play. If the player doesn’t fit into your long term plans, then he is someone you can deal. Bill Parcells dealt Hugh Douglas to the Eagles because Hugh didn’t fit the 3-4. Hugh was good, but not what Parcells wanted. I’m not pushing for the Eagles to move Graham, but just explaining the thinking behind the possibility.
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Buffalo cut WR Da’Rick Rogers. He is a rookie player that went undrafted despite having 1st round talent. Rogers was kicked out of Tennessee and that’s not easy to do. We all wondered how he’d adjust to the NFL. Not well. Rogers didn’t impress in practice or games.
Some wonder if the Bills did this to try and make teams think they’re down on him when they really want to bring him back to their practice squad. That’s possible. Hide him in plain sight, so to speak.
I’m not so sure. It takes more than talent to succeed in the NFL. Juqua Parker outlasted plenty of pass rushers who were more gifted than him. Parker was tough, hard working, coachable, focused and made the most of the skills he did have. Rogers is a very gifted WR. Some team may claim him. The Eagles could have interest. But don’t count on it. He failed in Buffalo after failing at Tennessee. That’s a couple of big red flags.
The argument that “we need him because we need talent” couldn’t be more off base. You can take chances with some character risks, but you need to know those guys will work their butt off and do everything they can to make the team. Rogers didn’t show that this summer.
The Eagles did pre-draft homework on Rogers. They’ve studied him this summer. If they’re interested, they’ll put in a claim. Just don’t think of this as a slam dunk move. I wouldn’t blame the team at all for passing on him.
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Brian Kelly was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning. He was asked about his interview with the Eagles and whether he considered taking the job. He took a very long pause and then answered that he wasn’t even sure he was going to be offered the job. Kelly said it was really just an exploratory move on his part. He figures he’ll get NFL offers in the future and wanted to know what he was going to be dealing with. You do wonder how close he came to being the Eagles HC.
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Chip Kelly will rest the starters vs the Jets (smart move). He will have Nick Foles start the game. I argued for this the other day. Foles needs every rep possible to get him ready in case he does have to play this year. Foles is only a 2nd year QB and young players need all the practice they can get.
Some don’t like the move. Why risk him? This is football. Players have to play at some point. Putting Foles on the field with a solid backup OL and some talented skill players is a reasonable risk. If the Eagles had him out there in the 4th quarter with 3rd stringers, that’s when I think you would have a beef with Chip.
There is risk in playing Foles, but I think it is worth it.
Matt Barkley will get the majority of the reps on Thursday.
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Tim McManus has a funny story about how Cary Williams made a huge mental mistake vs the Jaguars…before the game. Who knew that being a captain could be confusing?
I’m still working on the DGR, but Cary looked very good in press coverage. That was encouraging to see.