The draft is a week away, but the big focus today was the unveiling of the 2017 schedule.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 21, 2017
I’m not a big one for schedule analysis. So much can change between now and when the games are actually played that trying to figure out what looks easy and what looks hard is often a futile exercise.
The first 2 weeks on the road isn’t a great way to start, but there is a nice stretch of home games in the middle of the season. The Eagles could build some momentum if they can take advantage of those games.
There are multiple trips to the West Coast. That’s not awesome. Not sure how I feel about the Eagles playing on Christmas. It is a night game so that might be a good way to end the day.
The Eagles don't face any teams coming off their bye this year.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) April 21, 2017
That’s probably the best news of all. Last year the Eagles seemed to constantly be facing a team that was well-rested and ready to go.
Joe Douglas and Howie Roseman met the media to answer some questions on the draft.
Nothing too crazy, but it is always good to find out what Howie and Joe said. I thought this might have been one of the best points.
Joe Douglas says Gareon Conley’s perceived late rise in the draft is a matter of public perception catching up to league thinking.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) April 20, 2017
People assume that experts, draft analysts and sportswriters all have a strong feel for what’s really going on. That just isn’t the case. A lot of information gets out, but not everything. Just because Conley wasn’t getting a lot of publicity didn’t mean that teams didn’t love him.
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) April 20, 2017
LB Reuben Foster didn't fail a drug test at Alabama, but I know scouts had concerns about his "love for the party scene."
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 20, 2017
A horrible postseason continues for Foster. He got kicked out of the Combine for berating a hospital worker. He then didn’t handle the fallout from that situation very well. Foster still has some issues with his shoulders. His interviews with teams have reportedly not been ideal. Now he fails a drug test.
He is not worth pick 14.
Good player, but not as good as the hype. Foster might be a terrific NFL player, but he isn’t showing the league that he can handle his business right now. I think he will slide. Does that mean to the late 1st? Does that mean the 2nd round? Further?
We can only speculate. I would guess some team would use a 2nd round pick on him. Heck, someone in the late 1st could take a shot. There is no question that Foster is talented. I just don’t think he’s as good as Luke Kuechly or Patrick Willis. And now he’s bringing plenty of baggage with him.
It will be interesting to see how far he falls.