News and Notes

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 160 Comments »

Doug Pederson, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie were at Wednesday’s practice together. They paced the sidelines, seeming to watch a lot of offensive players. On Thursday, it was just Pederson and Roseman. They weren’t together. Howie stayed on the move, while Pederson spent a lot of time on the sideline watching the teams.

Most coaches go sit in the stands. They surround themselves with assistants or scouts or coaching buddies. Pederson seemed more focused on watching the players than just socializing. He did an interview with Alex Flanagan of the NFL Network, but that’s because no one can resist her magical powers.

I’m not trying to make Pederson into a workaholic superhero, but I think it is a good sign that he’s focused on football. Established coaches can relax a bit in Mobile. Doug isn’t established and I think he knows that. He needs to find some talented players and to get his team on the winning track.

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Notes from the North team’s Thursday practice are here.

I haven’t had a chance to finish the South team due to traveling. I’ll get them posted as soon as I can.

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People continue to ask about Connor Barwin. Could he stay with a pay cut? Could he play LB?

From what I’m hearing, Barwin is only open to a minor pay cut. That’s not happening. Honestly, I don’t think the Eagles have any interest in bringing him back. They love Barwin the person, but after watching him this year, he really needs to play in the 3-4. Barwin is at his best when you can use his versatility.

He won’t play LB for the Eagles. Jim Schwartz doesn’t want a 260-pound SAM. He has Nigel Bradham playing that spot at 6-3, 240. Plus, Bradham had a good season. There is no reason to replace him.

Barwin is as good as gone. Great guy, but he needs to be in the 3-4.

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Some people are asking about the Eagles and Temple players. I think the Eagles could like OL Dion Dawkins. He played LT for the Owls, but lacks great feet. He’s more of a OG. I don’t know his value yet but he could be a target.

LB Hasson Reddick is 6-1 1/2, 237. He’s meant to be a 3-4 ILB in the NFL. If he was available late, the Eagles could take a look at him, but I don’t think that will happen. I think 3-4 teams will want him, possibly early.

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One interesting point of discussion in Mobile was the future of Jordan Matthews. There is no question that he is the Eagles best WR. He is a good NFL player. But how do you pay him? Matthews is not a weapon. He doesn’t have great hands.

The argument for him is that he’s got 225 catches and 19 TDs in 3 years. That’s good production.

The counter is that those numbers are flawed. He played in Chip’s system for 2 years and that meant extra snaps in every game. He also was the key to the passing game because the team lacked other quality WRs. The QB was going to force the ball to him.

I hope Matthews and his agent have realistic expectations and that something can be worked out. If they want big money, you just can’t pay that to a solid, but less than great player.

It really is critical that the Eagles find talent for the WR position this offseason, for both 2017 and the future.

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  • nopain23

    I love JMat but if the Eagles overpay him they’re crazy. He’s not the type of receiver that’s going to go win you a game. Great locker room guy, exemplary teammate, workaholic but not a guy you break the bank for. We see what happened when the iggles paid players based on potential. You don’t pay top dollar for a receiver with suspect hands

    • anon

      Didn’t he win us a game against Dallas last year? Got open and Sammy b hit him for a TD? How soon we forget.

      • RobNE

        What if we ran the country and made policy decisions based on anecdotes?

        • anon

          We’d be making the eagles great again ™

        • Stephen E.

          I dunno. The former regime ran the country based on hyperbole, and at least we’re still here.

        • Forthebirds

          What if we ran the team based on alternative facts. JMatt has great hands and switching Hart to Oline will be easy and add depth. If only the opposition party press would report fairly or shut up, we’d see the Eagles are going to be great again, but we have to ban Muslim players and send Mexican players, who are rapists, back across the Border. Oh and Belicheat is a good guy and we should better relations withe the Patriots.

      • nopain23

        C’mon let’s be honest Jmat has come up short infinitely more times than he has come through here in Philly. Good kid band hands. That fact is indisputable. We all love the kid but he’s a number 3 receiver at best so far in his career. Can’t keep throwing good money after bad. At some point you are who you are. He’s our best receiver but that’s a sad statement in it of itself

      • eagleyankfan

        you mean like the guy that was on the Giants and made that GREAT catch by holding the ball onto his helmet?

  • Ark87

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  • Dave

    Taking into account production only, JMatt is very similar to Mohamed Sanu.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4de20324d8400300fdc9b3da39a9c6259d01f94a4b2b093141123e00537b6f89.png

    • Tumtum

      Sanu was like a 3-4 for most of his career?

      • Dave

        Yes, and that is very much my point. While given the increased workload of a #1 receiver, Mathews produced like a #3.

        • anon

          ouch

        • Tumtum

          Ouch. Sanu was much more than that this year for sure though.

    • GermanEagle

      I don’t know where or how you found this comparison, but this find I would call a stroke of genius. Now can you please stop with the #alternativeFacts. 😉

  • Mitchell

    With Jones or any other receiver eventually the speed becomes less of an issues and the real question is, “Can he make plays downfield?” He did it in college (as the only weapon) and he’s doing it against draftable CB’s at the Senior Bowl. Kid can play.

  • Insomniac

    Matthews is a solid #3, if he wants anywhere near more than 5.5mil per year with some performance incentives then he can leave. It also baffles me that some fans just want to go after guys like Alshon/Pryor/Desean. We need more than just two WRs this offseason. We need a total rehaul just in case DGB and Agholor continues to suck.

    • SteveH

      IDK, to me Mathews is an ideal workhorse #2 guy. Not an explosive playmaker but someone who gets open often enough and is physical. If he had better hands he’d be a really prized commodity I think.

      • Insomniac

        Matthews has everything that doesn’t make him a #2. Bad hands, bad body control, no separation, can’t high-point the ball, and bad focus. You can have some of those traits but not a combination of all of them as a #2. While a #1 will have one or two of them.

        #2 WRs are like Maclin, Desean, Eric Decker, Emmanuel Sanders, Pierre Garcon, Randall Cobb, Jarvis Landry and Golden Tate. I wouldn’t put Matthews anywhere near those guys albeit some of those guys are on the higher end.

        • Tumtum

          JM is Eric decker..with worse hands, and body control…better blood.

        • Mac

          Jordan Matthews > Hank Basket.

        • Stephen E.

          Apparently, a #1 receiver is an elite receiver. Kind of a limited number of those.

      • Tumtum

        If he had better hands.

      • Forthebirds

        I agree. He is a #2. If we had a true deep threat, his numbers would go up.

    • Tumtum

      5.5 for 3 years seems fine to me. I feel like he gets more somewhere else. He certainly ain’t getting Maclin money.

      I agree that I don’t want any of the 3 you listed, but I don’t think for the same reasons. At least we agree 🙂

    • GermanEagle

      Give me Pryor and I will cream my pants…twice a day.

      • Insomniac

        We’re going to need more than Pryor.

      • P_P_K

        Reducing frequency?

      • BobSmith77

        That could get expensive and awkward

  • SteveH

    As painful as it would be to go through another season wtih a shitty receiving corps… I really want us to BPA this draft, even if that means passing over WR until late in the draft. We’re building for 2-3 seasons from now, not next year.

    That being said, if a stud WR happens to fall to us, TAKE THE MAN!

    • Corry

      I’m all in on BPA. We have enough holes on this team that you could rationalize everything except QB (and maybe safety) in the first round.

    • anon

      Easier to say in Jan than it is in October when the team is losing and we’re blaming Howie.

    • Will Ft. Daft Punk

      BPA doesnt have to be followed exactly to the letter. If you have one than more similar rated players on the board you take the guy you can use more or need more.

      There is a decent chance the BPA at 14/15 is a Safety(Hooker/Adams). I personally hope they would pass on that. Maybe the next BPA after that is a QB. Pass. There’s a give an take to it.

      • Corry

        Well sure, if that’s the case (BPA is a QB or safety) then you look at one of your trade partners (those are generally worked out before hand) and move back to gather more picks.

        • Will Ft. Daft Punk

          or just take the next guy on your board

          • Corry

            Depends how far down that guy is and where the value is.

          • Sb2bowl

            This is key- position groups/rankings and individual talent evaluation split up in levels. If one guy is much higher than the next, regardless of position- take him. Otherwise, stick to the scouting and player evaluation based on team philosophy and needs according to roster building.

      • nopain23

        Neither Hooker/Adams is getting to 15…if so the iggles will definitely get palatable offers to trade back and if San Francisco , Cleveland Jets , pass on QB with their first round picks they’re definitely trade partners.
        But reading the tea leaves it looks l8ke on new of the elite corners will be available in that range

        • Will Ft. Daft Punk

          I think its possible that S is BPA at 15. Or it could be a DE or CB. Who knows. It more about BPA and drafting being always as black and white as fans and the media make it out to be

          • nopain23

            TBH if the iggles were to take hooker at 15….I would not be upset. Jenkins in the slot, hooker at center field…..not the best use of resources I will admit….but it’s not the catastrophe that some may make it out to be. A good defensive mind gets his best players on the field

    • Tumtum

      This team isn’t as far off as you may think.

      BPA is the best strategy by far. There are so many times where players are ranked equally though, you can absolutely target positions. Just “stay true to the board”.

  • anon

    If. Matthews and his agent I’m looking at the ertz deal and saying, why not me?

    • Sean Stott

      I’d definitely rather have Ertz than Matthews, I don’t even think it’s close

      • Tumtum

        I have my fair share of issues with Ertz, but I do agree.

  • Tumtum

    I have no problem letting JM walk after this season, should his performance maintain at the current pace. I fully expect that it will.

    He gets made out to be such a hard worker. Either that isn’t true or his training is really flawed.

    • GermanEagle

      Now if he could only drag both feet in bounds…

      • RobNE

        It wasn’t that he couldn’t do it, it’s that he didn’t even have the awareness to know to try.

      • sonofdman

        But then he would lose his balance and fall down. He needs that extra step to stay upright.

    • nopain23

      Give this man a cigar. I get killed whenever I echo tis exact sentiment

      • eagleyankfan

        I’m not a fan of letting go your best wr. JM is somewhat a bust in my eyes but he’s serviceable. I’d rather build above him and have JM as 3(maybe 2) guy to man the middle. Let go of JM and have who at wr? Have to build around someone. Can’t give Wentz a worse producing wr season than ’16.

        • anon

          Yup, people think the grass is always greener but as we’ve seen from losing our #1 and #2 WRs it’s not.

        • nopain23

          I’m all for keeping him….but overpaying to keep him makes zero sense. I hate the pats but one thing everyone should learn from that franchise is never overpay for mediocre talent. Leave that to the 49res, bills, jags ,jets etc

          • anon

            Easy to say when you have great coaches and the best QB in NFL history. Not everyone can do so much with such limited talent.

        • kajomo

          You do realize he has another year on his contract. We will likely bring in a FA and 2-3 draft picks. Build around those guys and let JMatt walk.

          • eagleyankfan

            I think they’ll bring in more than just 3 new WR’s, however, finding 3 that will be better than JM? That’s going to be hard, if not impossible. I’ll jump for joy if they find 1 this year.

      • Tumtum

        He is of course our best WR, but his under performance is clear.

        • P_P_K

          I keep thinking he is under-performing, but it may be that this is who he is.

          • Tumtum

            Unlike many here, I think catching is something that can be improved with time spent.

          • P_P_K

            I definitely agree with you. I am getting tired, though, of being wrong in my pre-season predications that “This will be the year JM shines.”

          • Tumtum

            Same x100.

    • ChoTime

      Not sure I follow the logic. You can’t polish a turd.

      • Mac

        You absolutely can polish a turd. It just has to be a coprolite.

        • ChoTime

          Upvoted for finally finding someone using that word in casual conversation.

      • Tumtum

        I think catching the ball is muscle memory. That is something he should be able to improve.

        I think there a bunch of other training techniques that could focus on other weak areas but I won’t even get into that.

        • ChoTime

          It is and it isn’t. I think most of the these guys catch just fine in practice, it’s when they’re faced with pressure and competition that they fold. It’s when the “bullets are flying” that talent emerges, and in pro sports, talent is everything IMO.

          • Tumtum

            Really hard to say. I do feel a little guilty for holding the guy to this sort of standard. Harsh reality of fandom. I just feel like he should stand out in some area.

            At this point is the guy anything other than Hank Baskett?

          • ChoTime

            We’re talking about Matthews right? My guess is he’s a bit better than Baskett, but not much. He gets a lot of targets because of the lack of talent around him. It will be interesting to see if he just drops right off the map once we get some viable players around him.

          • Tumtum

            He reminds me a lot of Baskett. Baskett had a few games where he was fed the ball and looked alot like JM. Pretty big and long. No real body control. Not that fast. Hank probably catches better, but is a good bit worse after the catch.

  • A Roy

    Many people look at a draft board the way Mel Kiper Jr does it. #1 through #32 in the first round. In actual practice, teams target specific players based on talent, needs, scheme, potential availability. The Eagles may only have 7-8 names on their board for #14/15. If none are there, they trade down. There won’t be any QBs, for example, as BPA in the first few rounds for Phila. Ditto Safety. There are too many others in the same value range who might be a CB, WR, T, DE or LB that would become BPA FOR THE EAGLES…as opposed to BPA for ESPN.

  • nopain23

    If Derek Barnett by some grand miracle is available when the iggles pick….they should sprint like hell to the podium no? If Davis/Williams/lattimore/wilson/Tebor/Cook/Barnett are on the board at 15…I still go Barnett. That kid is a stud!!

    Because you know what beats a great Oline?…an even better Dline

    • Sb2bowl

      If all of those guys are still on the board at that point, I’d love to see Howie move back 3-4 spots, pick up a draft pick or two and still get some great talent.

      Barnett looks like a real possibility; edge rushers are deeper than DL in general for this draft. I would see us going DL earlier, and edge later for more development of our line. Our needs line up well with this draft, lets hope they hit a home run

    • D3FB

      He’s good, but not great. He has a limited pass rush arsenal and doesn’t bend around the edge as well as you would like.

      • Insomniac

        What’s your opinion on Daeshon Hall and Dawuan Smoot?

        • D3FB

          Haven’t watched Hall. Smoot I would say is roughly a 4th round guy. There’s some raw tools but needs to get off blocks better in the run game and develop a plan as a rusher.

      • kajomo

        This. We have enough power rushers. I want a guy that can explode off the line and bend.

        One guy who I think is really underrated is Charles Harris. He looks like a top 20 guys to me. He’s no Von Miller, but he is a really good pass rusher.

        • D3FB

          Only watched one Harris tape, he’s a guy a I need to get back to (haven’t watched a ton of DEs as I didn’t think they were going to be as interested as they have been). Couple other people have mentioned him in high regards.

          I thought they were going to be looking for more of a Price type undersized speed guy on day 3.

          If they really want to make an investment, I’d love Tim Williams at the top of round 2 and let Schwartz scream at him and hope he can straighten him out.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            Dont forget we also stashed an undersized DE on IR last year so u may have a good point here

          • D3FB

            Price and McCalister are slightly different. Both weighed 245 coming out. McCalister is just 7″ taller.

          • Howie Littlefinger

            But Price has more Girth

          • D3FB

            “But less heighth” -Doug Pederson

          • kajomo

            What do you think of Price? The guy is super fun to watch, but his height is going to scare teams away. I am still not sure of what Schwartz’s measureable limits/requirements are.

          • D3FB

            I think he’s going to have a nice career as a third down specialist. Schwartz does seem to love really long guys so it depends on what the front office and staff is looking for. If they want 250 snaps of high level pass rush then Price is a great fit, if they want a developmental guy with starter upside, not so much.

  • Sb2bowl

    I like Doug, and I hope that he is successful here in Philadelphia. The biggest issue we have faced over the last decade is the lack of consistency in our Front Office and overall direction of the team. We’ve changed coaches and schemes too many times to actually be successful.

    Because of the scheme changes, we’ve had to sign more FA’s to fill immediate needs/roster holes. With these coaching upheavals, our draft picks haven’t developed in a consistent manner. Thus, we are back to signing FA’s to fill needs/holes and add talent.

    Stability is key, and will help the process along. If Schwartz leaves next year, bringing in a 4-3 variation will be key. I don’t want that, but a 3-4 switch would be another disaster.

    • anon

      Poor talent discovery has been a huge issue for a decade. Howie’s forte is getting people in FA and so we’re great at that – not great at drafting and developing players.

      • Sb2bowl

        Agreed- contracts, value, draft position and reading the board are major strengths of Howie. He needs help in other areas, and hopefully Douglas can help with those areas………….

    • nopain23

      A great pass rush turn average CBs into good ones. Just saying and Barnett and Graham with COX would wreak havoc in the NFC for the next 5 yrs. Not to mention give our defense some identity. ButI all honesty unless there are some serious red flags he ain’t making it to 14/15.

      • Sb2bowl

        We also have Curry, and I think he’ll be a bigger impact this year compared to last; I’m on board with you- this defense is build from the inside out. I really wouldn’t be surprised to see us add someone like Barnett like him with our first pick. Him or the kid from Michigan State on the inside, depending what they do with Bennie.

    • Nailed It!

      But the other side of the consistency coin would be the Bengals, seems like Marvin Lewis has been there 15 years and has consistently brought mediocre results.

      • anon

        No one remembers how terrible the bengals were for so long. Now they’re a perennial playoff 10-14 win team.

        But can’t win the big one – so you might be right, see Denver, see Atlanta who moved coaches and got better.

        • Nailed It!

          Yeah I’d rather take the chance to have a great coach then consistently be just good never getting past the wildcard round. They only have one 12 win season since Lewis took over and really without one playoff win in 13 seasons you just have to move on

          • ChoTime

            Q……………………..B…………………….

        • Cafone

          More like perennial wild card game loser.

      • Sb2bowl

        Considering what the Bengals were before he arrived, he is a step up. Getting “over the hump” is another story entirely, but he has brought a positive change to that team and environment.

        Most of the teams that are playing well offer stability, and the ability to move up the ranks in the organization with a suitable replacement behind the leaving party. New England is obviously the prototype, but the Seahawks have been able to keep their defensive philosophy moving forward despite strong coaches leaving.

        This was one of the bugaboo’s of the Reid administration; he failed to replace his departing coaching talent, and thus the entire organization sustained a major hit to their talent development.

    • Cafone

      I’m not too worried about Pederson. To me the two keys are the development of Carson Wentz and the job done on player acquisition by Roseman/Douglas. If they have to replace Pederson in a year or two, no big deal.

      • Sb2bowl

        I’ve said a few times on various discussion boards- Doug is here for the development of Wentz, and if Wentz progresses like the FO hopes, Doug will be gone in 3 years to be replaced with a more established HC (perhaps Schwartz). Wentz’s development is #1, #2, and #3 priority for this franchise- and it should be.

        Build around the Kid as he is built up- we should be a playoff contender in 2018; I don’t have high hopes for next year, but I do want to see much needed added talent to the trenches and outside (CB and WR) of our team.

  • GermanEagle

    OT:

    Can you be drunk 48/2?!

  • GermanEagle

    Whoever thinks that Pryor is not worth to break the bank for most likely suffers from inauguration syndromes…

    • Nailed It!

      Pryor, Corey Davis and JMatt make a pretty good trio of receivers.

    • Sean Stott

      Won’t pretend I watched the Browns much this year, but I have heard rumors through the grapevine from friends of friends who say that maybe he is not good in the locker room.

      • anon

        Not just rumers a couple of people have come out and said as much.

      • Ryan Rambo

        Jesus wouldn’t be good in THAT locker room.

        • P_P_K

          Maybe Satan would.

          • Ark87

            Belichick was run out of Cleveland

          • P_P_K

            Boom! Hall of Fame post.

      • wee2424

        Ex teammates of his in college stated they couldn’t stand him.

      • Cafone

        There’s plenty of reading on the internet about how mentally damaged Pryor is. It’s not just rumors.

    • Tumtum
      • anon

        What’s Brian Hartline doing these days? Haters gonna hate.

        • daveH

          Why does “everyone hate the hats ?”

    • Cafone

      It’s interesting that you brought up the inauguration because like Trump, Pryor also probably suffers from some form of narcissistic personality disorder

  • bushisamoron

    He is a good possession receiver from the slot. Birds receivers are really lacking. I see DGB not surviving camp, Ags staying on for financial reasons and two new starters on the outside, on from FA and the other drafted. Missing on a first rounder is a killer.

  • Will Defence Win Championship

    Eagles in desperate need to find a #1 and a #2 star WR’s which we’ve had none to speak of for years. I liked what I saw out of Terrelle Pryor, great size, speed, good hands, still young, has proved it against top notch NFL CB’s….may be a prima donna and not well liked by some but he is a proven commodity the Eagle’s badly need, if he is available I would grab him if not too expensive…

    • anon

      Whiffed on a lot of good wr drafts

    • meteorologist

      1 year is not a proven commodity

    • Cafone

      Pryor is apparently one of the biggest assholes in professional sports. I don’t think there’s any chance the Eagles bring him here.

  • LeatherWallet

    What are your guys’ thoughts on signing Kenny Britt and Stephen Gilmore in free agency? Britt had good numbers playing for the Rams (although I don’t know if thats because he was force fed the ball or not) and Gilmore played under Schwartz.

    Obviously these two alone wouldn’t fix the offensive and defensive woes but it would be good to go into the draft having signed these two in my opinion.

    • anon

      That would be like bringing in the two guys we had this offseason

    • kajomo

      I think both are underachievers. Gillmore will cost more than he is worth. Britt is too old. We need someone to grow with Wentz. Not be a rental

      • LeatherWallet

        I didnt think about how Gilmore would get overpaid with the shortage of good CBs in free agency.

        I disagree on Britt, He’s only 28. I think we could get about 4 years out of him.

    • Ankerstjernen

      Britt had stretches of real dominance in his first couple years in the league. But repeated knee injuries and surgeries derailed him – he was hurt for several years on a row. This year is really the first time he has looked healthy in a while. They would need to let the doctors take a very close look at him. But if he is fully healthy, he might actually have a high ceiling and be a very good signing, Ryan Matthews style. Along with Robert Woods and Kenny Still, I think he is one of the ‘reasonably priced mid-tier young free agents with some opside’ that Roseman will be trying to sign.

      • LeatherWallet

        I didn’t know Britt had a history of injury concerns.

        Those are some good guys too. Not dominant but certainly competent, which is better than what we’ve had.

        • Ankerstjernen

          Absolutely. The hard part is getting that one dominant WR who can beat man coverage out of any defensive scheme. Once you have a guy like that, your Mohammed Sanu’s and Golden Tate’s of the world can suddenly become very nice playmakers on yoru offense. And those kinds of guys can be signed without over-committing with the resources. Which is what they should definitely try and do.

          About Britt, he also got into trouble with off-the-field stuff, appeared to be a knuckle head back when he was young. The only reason the Rams kept him around throughout all of that must have been because they saw big potential in him. Makes it interesting wether the new coaching staff will just want to let him go or not.

          I would love for us to take a chance on him, get him cheap on a three-year deal and match him up with someone like Mike Williams or Corey Davis on the outside. And then see him become our version of Crabtree or Moncrief or Sanu. With Matthews in the slot and Ertz/Burton inline, and a 3-down back like Kamara in rd 2 or 3, suddenly you are about one starting caliper O tackle away from fielding a pretty talented offense.

    • Cafone

      I had Britt in fantasy several years back and he sucked so I want no part of him.

  • SteveH

    Embiid is ridiculous. Dropping 3’s like it’s his job.

    • Fufina

      Not quite as great as Harden tho tonight – guy has been out of his mind all season… but 47pts, 12rb, 13ast is just an insane stat line… and there are 2 minutes left.

      • anon

        guess i need to start watching basketball

        • daveH

          The 6ers maybe..
          66ers
          66ers

      • SteveH

        Yeah, sometimes you just gotta give props, Harden was unstoppable. Finished 51/13/13.

  • anon

    Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the decision to block DeFilippo came a year after coach Doug Pederson and executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman promised DeFilippo that the team wouldn’t stop him from becoming an offensive coordinator elsewhere. Per McLane, the decision to stop DeFilippo came from owner Jeffrey Lurie.

    Reportedly, Lurie wants to be sure that quarterback Carson Wentz will thrive; part of that plan apparently includes standing in the way of DeFilippo’s opportunity for advancement.

    The story gets even more interesting. At the Senior Bowl, Roseman passed the buck for the DeFilippo decision not to Lurie but to Pederson. Pederson declined comment on the issue.

    DeFilippo likewise declined comment, saying that he’s “thrilled to be with the Eagles for another year.”

    • anon

      – From rotoworld

    • Dave

      This very much sounds like DeFilippo wanted no part of the Jets offensive mess at QB and had Lurie do the dirty work.

      • anon

        He could have just refused the interview, happens all the time.

        • Dave

          According to Mike Florio, many times the team steps in so the coaches don’t burn potential bridges when they want to turn down an interview.

    • Gary Barnes

      Roseman is such a snake. In Game of Thrones, his nick name would be LittleDick

  • unhinged

    Some questions for the pondering Bird watchers: Could Jason Kelce be a candidate for blocking TE? The guy’s combine numbers were sick for a C or any OL. Does he catch the ball? Would he entertain the invitation?

    • anon

      not at a lot of perennial pro bowlers looking the change positions – especially not to one that makes significantly less money.

    • Dave

      Not at $6M per year with no special team skills.

      • unhinged

        Do we know that he has no ST skills? Most starting centers may not get close to ST play, but Kelce is athletic. I posed the question because he expressed a desire to stay in Philly more than once. As a convert to TE he’d definitely have to absorb a pay cut, but I’m just curious if a)Doug Pederson would have any interest, and b) if Kelce would be open to it.

        • kajomo

          I don’t think either would be interested

        • Dave

          I hear what you’re saying. Kelce is the epotome of a team player.

          Not sure you could justify sitting Celek or Burton for Kelce on offense. Doug already used Tobin as another tight end and Beau Allen as a fullback. Don’t forget Dillion Gordon, a former tight end turned tackle is on the roster.

          • unhinged

            Yeah, I like the guy. I was thinking that rather than be a light-in-the-pants interior lineman, he could move outside and become part of a power running scheme. He’s probably going to take a cut in salary no matter what he decides to do, and a stint at TE could still exploit his athleticism. Of course if he isn’t into it, it’s a moot point.

  • Insomniac

    Zay Jones is apparently playing very well.

    https://twitter.com/YesIamAPirate/status/825434166636511232

    • anon

      Not bad, may or may not be an NFL catch, but def was not an NFL throw.

  • Insomniac
  • anon

    “Thompson has built one of the most consistent franchises in the league through the draft, but there are plenty of people both inside and outside the organization who would like to see him be more aggressive in free agency. In fact, dissatisfaction with Thompson’s approach led to rumors he would be replaced this offseason, although coach Mike McCarthy hinted that will not happen during his season-ending press conference this week.” – Roto

    This is interesting, anyone think them not being more aggressive in FA has kept them from winning more important games? What if they acquired a real running back, better secondary, etc.?

    Wonder how hard it’s going to be for them to learn to properly evaluate and pay FAs.

    • kajomo

      Thompson is so overrated. He has Aaron rodgers. The rest of that team is below average.

      • Fufina

        Hard to build a team when you only use the draft and never have good picks. The bulk of the leagues elite talent comes out of the top 10 picks, obviously there are people like Antonio Brown and Richard Sherman – but for every 1 of them there are a bunch of JJ Watt’s, Julio Jone’s and Von Miller’s.

        What tends to happen to teams in this situation is they get tempted to go after trying to find guys with high upside, rather and just good football players… and that is where you can get in trouble.

  • GordonGekko

    Why do you F A G G O T S care? You want to suck their D I C K S?

    • Cafone

      You shouldn’t use that word as a pejorative. Some people are gay, so what?