Youth Movement

Posted: October 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 2 Comments »

The Eagles want to repeat as Super Bowl champs. They had that in mind when making moves in the offseason.

In a league where youth is prized, the Eagles re-signed 35-year old Darren Sproles and 33-year old Corey Graham. They brought LT Jason Peters back for another year. He’s 36. All three of those players have been injured this year. They have produced mixed results on the field.

The Eagles signed 34-year old Haloti Ngata to add depth to the DL. An injury to Tim Jernigan pushed Ngata into more snaps. He has missed the last two games.

32-year old Mike Wallace was signed to give the team a vertical threat. He didn’t do much in the preseason and got hurt before even catching one pass this season. Wallace is on injured reserve.

It is fair to question whether the Eagles should have had any of these players on the roster.

DeAndre Carter has taken over Sproles role as the return specialist. Carter is in the Top 10 in the league as a PR, with 12.7 yards per PR. He averages 20 yards per KOR. Carter looks like he could be a long term fit as the team’s RS.

Wendell Smallwood has gotten a lot of Sproles touches on offense. Smallwood is playing the best football of his young career. He’s not doing anything special, but has been effective as part of the RB rotation the Eagles are using.

Peters has started each game, but has missed plenty of time. Big V has stepped in when needed and done a solid job.

Ngata has one sack and 6 tackles this year. He’s been effective, but hasn’t stood out in a big way. Treyvon Hester was signed just a few weeks back and has played well each of the last two games. He is good vs the run and disruptive. The Eagles were high on him coming out of college and he looks like a good fit for Jim Schwartz’s scheme.

Rookie Avonte Maddox has taken over as the starting FS. He has played well and could develop into the FS of the future. Maddox takes good angles to the ball and he’s smart. He tackles well. He has good ball skills. I’m not saying he’ll be next in line with Dawk and Wes Hopkins, but Maddox could be a good starting FS.

The funny thing about all of this is that the Eagles have made some tough decisions. They cut Brent Celek with no one ready to fill his spot. They moved on from Jon Dorenbos to Rick Lovato. They moved on from Donnie Jones to Cameron Johnston. All of those moves have worked out well for the Eagles.

I understand the loyalty that Doug Pederson has to Sproles. Or Jeff Stoutland to Peters. Or Schwartz to Graham. Those players helped you win games. They contributed to a team that won the Super Bowl. Moving on from them is not easy.

The 2019 Eagles will be a younger team. They have a lot of draft picks. I also think Howie Roseman and Pederson will think twice before bringing back guys in their mid-30’s. After all, the Eagles won last year without Sproles and Peters. Football is a young man’s game. The Eagles probably need to keep that in mind as they consider making moves for the rest of this season.

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This is nuts.

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The Giants once led the rivalry with the Eagles 46-26-1. Not anymore.

The Eagles have owned the G-men in recent years. Will be cool when the Eagles finally take the lead in the series.

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2 Comments on “Youth Movement”

  1. 1 Eagles News: Two NFC East teams are wasting the most money in the NFL - Football News Latest said at 10:13 AM on October 14th, 2018:

    […] Youth Movement – Iggles BlitzRookie Avonte Maddox has taken over as the starting FS. He has played well and could develop into the FS of the future. Maddox takes good angles to the ball and he’s smart. He tackles well. He has good ball skills. I’m not saying he’ll be next in line with Dawk and Wes Hopkins, but Maddox could be a good starting FS. […]

  2. 2 Iggles Blitz » Blog Archive » Who Are You? said at 12:06 AM on October 24th, 2018:

    […] I recently wrote about going with veterans this year has pretty much backfired on the Eagles. I think the front office would have to be really careful about adding anyone close to the age of 30. […]