The Eagles got their man by taking QB Carson Wentz.
But what is going on with Sam Bradford? It sounds like any hope of a deal with Denver is dead. The Broncos traded up to draft Paxton Lynch, who will be their QB of the future. They don’t have a QB of the present. Some people point out Mark Sanchez is there, but I don’t see how the defending Super Bowl champs can put Sanchez on the field as their starter. I just can’t see that.
Denver could make a run at Brian Hoyer to be their stop-gap starter until Lynch is ready to go, likely in 2017. I’m sure they would love to have Bradford for this year, but can’t see them trading good resources for him at this point.
The Jets still need a QB and something could happen there.
That said, if you listen to everything the Eagles said, they expect Bradford to stay put and be the team’s starter this year. I’m not sure how wise that is after the trade demand, but we’ll see what happens. I’m sure there will be lots of rumors floating tomorrow during the day.
Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell did some great video pieces for PE.com on Carson Wentz. They aren’t archived yet so I can’t link to them.
They showed Wentz making pre-snap adjustments, good reads during plays and moving in the pocket. These are subtle, but crucial qualities for NFL QBs. You really need access to All-22 tape to see some of this stuff. We still don’t get much of that for prospects unfortunately so it was great to see Wentz broken down in that kind of detail. Really great pieces.
I still preferred Goff to him, but the stuff they showed did make me even more confident that Wentz can be a darn good NFL QB.
In case you missed this, Dallas had significant interest in drafting Wentz at pick 4 if he was still on the board. The Eagles may have found their franchise QB and also blocked the Cowboys from finding theirs all at once.
Even though the Eagles had to settle for the number two pick, they may have gotten the best player or best QB in the entire draft. That doesn’t guarantee that Carson Wentz will pan out, but it makes you feel pretty good about his odds.
If you want to get a better feel for Wentz, watch his episode of Gruden’s QB Camp.
Wentz has great physical talent. He needs work, with only 23 college starts under his belt. He hasn’t thrown nearly as many passes as other QBs who went early. That’s okay. The Eagles have a plan for developing Wentz. They aren’t going to force him into the lineup.
This is also an unusual move because the Eagles aren’t a team coming off a 3 or 4-win season. They went 7-9 and were slotted at pick 13. They moved up to the 8th spot and then to number two. Most teams taking a QB super early are either coming off a terrible season or they have struggled for a while. The Rams haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. The Eagles were division champs in 2013.
Wentz will have pressure on him, but I think he’ll be put in position to succeed. This won’t be the same as JaMarcus Russell coming in to save the Raiders or Joey Harrington coming in to save the Lions. Wentz doesn’t have to carry the entire team on his back. He doesn’t have to drag an organization from years of losing into the playoffs.
The Eagles are looking for Wentz to provide stability at QB and to help the team to get back to being one of the best in the league. He has the ability to do that. He has the work ethic to adjust to the NFL and become a good starting QB. It will be fun to see how he handles this challenge and whether this move by the Eagles proves to be brilliant or back-breaking.
The Eagles didn’t just move up for a QB. They moved up for someone they think is special.
This has been one wild offseason. From the firing of Chip Kelly to re-signing Sam Bradford to SammyGate, this has been a crazy few months. Carson Wentz went from “Who?” to “WE HAVE TO GET HIM!!!”. Howie Roseman has done a lot of good things so far, but handling the Bradford situation and running this draft will be huge challenges for him.
Before we go any further, let’s look at what the Eagles already have in place. Due to trade rumors, this could change significantly, but for now…
QB – Sam Bradford … Chase Daniel … FUTURE HOF QB
RB – Ryan Mathews … Darren Sproles … Kenjon Barner
WR – Nelson Agholor … Rueben Randle
WR – Jordan Matthews … Chris Givens
WR – Josh Huff … T.J. Graham
TE – Brent Celek … Zach Ertz … Trey Burton
LT – Jason Peters … Dennis Kelly … Brett Boyko
LG – Alan Barbre … Malcolm Bunche
OC – Jason Kelce … Stefen Wisniewski … Barrett Jones
RG – Brandon Brooks … Matt Tobin
RT – Lane Johnson … Andrew Gardner
DE – Vinny Curry … Connor Barwin … Travis Long
NT – Bennie Logan … Beau Allen … Mike Martin
DT – Fletcher Cox … Taylor Hart … Travis Raciti
DE – Brandon Graham … Marcus Smith … Bryan Braman
WLB – Mychal Kendricks … Najee Goode
MLB – Jordan Hicks
SLB – Nigel Bradham … Brandon Hepburn … Deontae Skinner
SS – Malcolm Jenkins … Ed Reynolds … Jerome Couplin
FS – Rodney McLeod … Chris Maragos
CB – Eric Rowe …. Nolan Carroll … Denzel Rice
CB – Leodis McKelvin … Ron Brooks … Jaylen Watkins … Aaron Grymes
NB – JaCorey Shepherd … Randall Evans
P – Donnie Jones
K – Cody Parkey … Caleb Sturgis
LS – Jon Dorenbos
That’s an interesting depth chart. The defense has a chance to be outstanding. The offense has some good pieces in place, but also needs help.
The Eagles don’t want to just give away a starting QB, but they will have a tough time convincing teams they can still bring Bradford back this year. That seems like an unlikely scenario at this point.
#Broncos called the #Eagles on Sam Bradford. It was very preliminary, no compensation was discussed. PHI still not inclined to move him.
This is a truly bizarre situation so I’m not sure how it will play out. I don’t know if the Eagles can get a 2nd round pick for Bradford. Then again, the Broncos have nothing at QB. With much of a championship roster returning, there is some real logic to dealing for Bradford and seeing if they can make a run at another title.
It will be interesting to see if Howie Roseman can make the best of this situation.
Now to the future.
Mike Mayock: “I feel like I spent all week talking Philadelphia people off the ledge on radio shows."Loves Wentz, applauded Eagles' boldness
Doug Pederson was the Eagles coach when Kelly started games at RT as a rookie so he has some familiarity with the big O-lineman.
Kelly does have the potential to be a solid swing tackle. I thought he played pretty well in the one game where he practiced during the week and was ready to go on gameday. The Eagles obviously like something about him. There wasn’t much to be accomplished by extending him unless the team just to make sure he stuck around. They value him as a role player.
It will be interesting to see if the Eagles draft an OT, OG or C/G.
During an interview on the draft with Comcast SportsNet, Roseman did not deny Bradford’s demands.
“I want to reiterate our support for Sam Bradford and go back to our statements last week – that Sam is our starting quarterback,” Roseman said. “His agent and Sam know how we feel about him. These workouts are voluntary. We look forward to seeing Sam again in the near future.”
Although Roseman didn’t say it directly, the Eagles aren’t considering trading Bradford, an NFL source close to the situation said. They haven’t granted Condon permission to shop the 29-year-old quarterback.
But Condon, who engineered Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ holdout four years ago, has certainly called around the NFL looking for teams that might have been interested had Bradford reached free agency last month. The Broncos, 49ers, New York Jets, and Browns have an obvious need at quarterback.
The Eagles are not shopping Bradford.
The Eagles are not letting agent Tom Condon work on a trade partner.
Either the Eagles truly want to keep Bradford or they are showing the world their best poker face. If they act like they still want him, teams might pay a slightly higher price. Obviously no team is going to break the bank on a deal. Bradford isn’t that good and the Eagles are backed into a corner, which limits their ability to negotiate.
Martin, 25, was a third-round pick by Tennessee Titans in 2012 out of Michigan. He played the past four seasons with the Titans, starting five games and appearing in 68. He has career totals of 42 tackles and four sacks.
At 6-foot-1 and 298 pounds, Martin will compete for a depth spot at defensive tackle. The Eagles already lost Cedric Thornton in free agency this offseason, and Martin is the only newcomer at the position. Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan are expected to be starters, and Beau Allen and Taylor Hart both return from last season. The Eagles also have Travis Raciti, who was on the practice squad in 2015.
Martin was a NT in college. He was a tough guy who did the dirty work well, but wasn’t much of a playmaker. He is meant to be a 1-gap NT. The Eagles need depth at that spot behind Bennie Logan.
Good signing for depth and competition.
Beau Allen was the backup NT last year. I think he will be traded some time this weekend. I don’t see him as a fit for Jim Schwartz’s scheme.
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