Goodwin Opts Out

Posted: July 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Goodwin Opts Out

We are seeing players opt out of the 2020 NFL season. Several Patriots players made the announcement on Tuesday. The Eagles got their first such news as well.

I had forgotten about Goodwin’s situation when I recently mentioned I didn’t expect any Eagles to opt out. This makes total sense. He and his wife do not want to take any chances after their previous tragedies.

Goodwin will be under contract next season. We’ll have to wait and see how things play out to know if he’ll have a chance to make the team.

Honestly, there were no guarantees Goodwin was going to make the team this year. He’s older and has had durability issues. If the rookie receivers all looked good, Goodwin might have found himself on the outside looking in.

This move is good news for the rookies. They will get extra reps and have an increased chance to make the roster. John Hightower was a fifth round pick. Quez Watkins was a sixth round pick. They were going to fight for roster spots. Now that fight should be easier.

We also shouldn’t overlook Rob Davis and Deontay Burnett. They are fringe players, but played last season and should be hungry to make the team and keep their dreams going. Davis was recently cited by the team as one of the players having the best offseason.

It is possible the receivers on opening day could be DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside on the outside with Greg Ward in the slot. Jalen Reagor would be the top guy off the bench.

Putting Jeffery on the PUP list isn’t a surprise. This was an expected move. The Eagles will have to pull him off the list before the season or wait until almost midseason to get him back. We still don’t know just how much the Eagles want him back, but the loss of Goodwin could make him more valuable.

Keep your fingers crossed that this group stays healthy.

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Doug Pederson met the media on Monday.

Doug didn’t say much of interest.

He is confident in Jason Peters ability to make the move to RG. Doug had good things to say about Andre Dillard. He has yet to see these guys on the field in 2020 so this is as much random optimism as fact.

Doug said he is paying attention to the Marlins situation. You can bet every major sports team, pro or college, is watching that closely. Neither the Marlins nor MLB handled the situation well at all. Everyone has to learn from this.

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Crazy stat.

Smallwood is the kind of NFL player none of us appreciates enough. He’s not a good player, but he’s good enough to stay in the league and he busts his butt to keep his job. Compare that to much more talented players like Bryce Brown and Trent Richardson. Smallwood has more heart, dedication and toughness. I respect the heck out of guys like him that do anything and everything to stay in the league.

Hope he gets another year in the league and finds his way onto the field.

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