Eagles news and notes….
For those who did not think the Eagles had even a sliver of hope to accomplish something good this season, this could be considered the greatest trade in franchise history. In return, the Eagles made the recently announced 2017 NFL draft on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway far more interesting for the locals. Roseman recovered the first-round pick he surrendered to the Browns for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and gave the team's fans reason to scream the letters E-A-G-L-E-S out loud on a Thursday night near the end of April.
We can't wait for the draft has always been a loser's lament, but if you're willing to sit through what we're about to witness during the 2016 season, then we won't spoil it by reminding you that this is the franchise that gave you Danny Watkins, Marcus Smith, and Nelson Agholor as first-rounders earlier in the decade.
he Vikings were a legitimate Super Bowl contender this year with Bridgewater running the offense and Mike Zimmer's top-ranked defense looking to stay there this year, maybe even improve. Anytime you're a Super Bowl contender, you have to be in win-now mode. Why wouldn't you be? That argues for going big, even if it's not a deal you would otherwise make, to give your otherwise championship-caliber team a shot to win it all. Looking at how Denver won it all last year - strong defense, mediocrity at QB- is both relevant and encouraging.
With the prized possession buried on the depth chart, the buzz surrounding the team dipped to near record lows. Guarded in the aftermath of the failed experiment of former coach Chip Kelly and uninspired by the pairing of Doug Pederson and Bradford, many fans took a step back, crossed their arms and braced for a long wait until their main source of hope -- Wentz -- was given the reins.
That wait proved to be a short one. Bradford is gone and, per Adam Caplan, the Eagles intend on playing Wentz against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, if healthy. He’s still working back from a hairline rib fracture but, by the sounds of it, he’ll be under center in no time.
Safe to say, the buzz is back. Wentz will be running around and slinging the rock and perhaps providing visions of what could be a very bright future thanks to the kid out of North Dakota State.
How could it have been? The Eagles paid Sam Bradford a lot of money in the offseason, and as has been dissected and debated ad nauseam for the better part of four months, their plan was to start him on September 11th against the Cleveland Browns and compete for a division title. That plan has been scrapped.
“We have so much going on right now,” Roseman said. “It was hard to spend a lot of time on stuff. It wasn’t as much of a normal negotiation as you’ve had — a give and take, a back and forth — because we had our starting quarterback.”
Well, until they didn’t.
Stuff. It's a quick catch-all term for why he's no longer in Nashville. It's not often that a wide receiver of Green-Beckham's size (6-foot-5, 237 pounds) and first-season production (32 catches, 17.2 yards per reception, four touchdowns) gets ditched for a backup offensive lineman (Dennis Kelly) to a team in need of skill-position talent and depth (the Eagles). To watch him over the two preseason games he has played with the Eagles is to see all that he's capable of. He caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford on a fade route in his first game, against the Indianapolis Colts, and showed off his strength and speed Thursday against the New York Jets, gaining 31 yards on two catches on short slants.
"You're just playing football," he said. "You're going back to the fundamentals. Most guys forget those little details, but that stuff is critical when it comes to, like, close games."