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  1. Eagles should be looking for Fletcher Cox trade opportunities BY JIMMY KEMPSKI PhillyVoice Staff EAGLES NFL from KATE FRESE/FOR PHILLYVOICE Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sacks Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci. For the bulk of his nine seasons in the NFL, Fletcher Cox has been the best player on the Philadelphia Eagles' defense, and probably still holds that title heading into the 2021 season. The Eagles should trade him. What? Why? Three reasons: He's expensive. He's aging. They can get something good for him now, but if they wait it'll be too late. Let's explore each of those three reasons. He's expensive Cox carries huge cap hits in each of the next two seasons. He'll count for $23,879,939 in 2021, and $23,779,939 in 2022, the last year of his deal. Additionally, as a result of some previous can-kicking down the road, the Eagles are on the hook for almost $6.5 million on the cap after his contract ends. The Eagles would take a dead money hit spread out over two years of $21,034,757 if they traded him. But, they would be off the hook on his base salaries of $15,000,000 in 2021 and $16,100,000 in 2022, as well as a $1 million roster bonus in 2022. That $32 million would be better spent on players who can help the team whenever they are ready to contend for a Super Bowl again. He's aging Cox is now 30 years old. He'll turn 31 in December, and his contract expires after the 2022 season. If the Eagles were going to contend in 2021 or perhaps 2022, then they should just keep him. But since the owner already conceded that 2021 will be a "retooling" year and anyone with a pulse who follows this team can see that this aging roster is going to have to undergo a major changeover, it's unlikely that 2022 is going to be a Super Bowl-contending year as well. So you can probably do that math. They can get something good for him now, but if they wait it'll be too late In 2018, when Cox was in his prime, he had 10.5 sacks an 34 QB hits. In 2019 and 2020 combined, he had 10 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. One year from now, Cox will one year older. Trust me, I did the math on that. Even if his numbers in 2021 stay at the same levels they were in 2019 and 2020, he's going to be worth less to other teams. And if he declines further, you're probably looking at another Zach Ertz-like situation. MORE ON THE EAGLES Eagles player review: Josiah Scott edition Eagles training camp preview: Linebacker WTS: Eagles (again) linked to Deshaun Watson; Ertz's future; Sirianni's doubters Jason Kelce clears up his brother's name pronunciation bombshell His value likely won't be higher going forward than it is right now. So, you know, do it now. Who would have interest? Any contender. As noted above, Cox had his best season in the NFL in 2018, when he played in a 4-3 one-gap, occasional wide-nine scheme under Jim Schwartz. His second-best season was in 2015, when he had 71(!) tackles, 9.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and 20 quarterback hits playing in a 3-4 two-gap scheme under Billy Davis. The point — Cox is a brute powerhouse with incredible athleticism who can excel in any scheme. In a recent ranking of interior defensive linemen by ESPN, fueled by a survey of "more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players," Cox ranked fifth: Cox is better than Cam Heyward, who ranked fourth on that list, but whatever. The point is that he is still very highly thought of by NFL personnel people. The only catch is that any theoretical suitor would have to either have room under the salary cap for Cox's $15 million salary in 2021, or the willingness to make room for him. Pickswise is #1 home of free NFL picks, predictions and odds. Find the latest lines and opinions for every game. NFL Picks NFL Predictions NFL Odds And those teams are? Eh, I'll throw some darts, I guess: • Chargers: The Chargers have just under $20 million in cap space, they are thought of as a contender, they have a new head coach Brandon Staley who previously had a dominant DT in his last stop as the Rams' DC, and Cox would be a major upgrade over projected starter Justin Jones. • Patriots: The Pats drafted Christian Barmore in the second round, but Cox would be an immediate playmaker on a weak interior D-line rotation. • Seahawks: Seattle always seems to be in on older defensive linemen when they become available, and they still have severe needs along their D-line. They'd have to move a little money around, but they have an abundance of cap space in 2022. • Cardinals: The Cards have taken an "all-in" approach this offseason, and a trade for Cox would fit that theme. So what could the Eagles get in return for Cox? A second-round pick — a late 2, that is, given that the prospective suitor would be a contender — feels like a reasonable asking price.
  2. JUNE 01, 2021 An early look at five Eagles camp battles BY JIMMY KEMPSKI PhillyVoice Staff EAGLES NFL from KATE FRESE/FOR PHILLYVOICE Eagles offensive tackle Andrew Dillard. The Philadelphia Eagles have already begun OTAs, though those practices have been more about mental training, and less about physical competition. It won't be until training camp in July that roster battles will truly take shape. Here are five we're looking forward to. 1) LT: Jordan Mailata vs. Andre Dillard Mailata is entering his fourth season, after being selected in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. He played his first snap in a non-exhibition football game, ever, in Week 1 of the 2020 season. There were ups and downs, but overall his season was widely viewed as encouraging. Dillard, meanwhile, was a first round pick of the team in 2019, who played poorly as a rookie, but was still slated to begin the season as the starting LT before a biceps tear ended his season. Earlier this offseason, we reviewed Mailata's 2020 season, and had the following takeaways: He's big, and he's strong (duh). You already knew that, but he also plays like a big, strong player. In pass protection, by our count, Mailata gave up seven sacks in 2020. That led all Eagles offensive linemen. However, he also played the most pass blocking snaps on the team among the offensive tackles. He was better against power rushers than speed rushers. In the run game, as the season progressed and Mailata gained more confidence, he also got nastier, which was a good sign. He has an impressive highlight reel of chucking grown men to the ground. During the 2020 offseason, we reviewed Dillard's 2019 season, and it was a lot harder to find positives. There remains a perception that Dillard was bad when he played RT, but was fine at LT. That simply wasn't the case. More accurately, he was bad at LT, and a disaster at RT. The Eagles drafted Dillard because they loved his athleticism, which is indeed quite impressive. He has light, quick feet, and there should be little concern about his ability to mirror/match pass rushers. Dillard's biggest flaw as a rookie, by far, was his inability to anchor against power. If that doesn't get fixed, and opposing pass rushers know they can just bull rush him into the quarterback, it will likely be a fatal flaw for his NFL career. In the run game, Dillard's best hope was to stalemate with opposing defensive linemen, as he rarely moved anyone off the line of scrimmage. Despite only playing a total 343 snaps on the season (183 of which were pass blocking snaps), Dillard led the team in sacks allowed. Eagles LT *Pass pro snaps *Sacks allowed Pass pro snaps per sack Jordan Mailata, 2020 502 7 71.7 Andre Dillard, 2019 183 6.5 28.2 *Pass blocking snaps via ProFootballFocus, sacks-allowed tally via PhillyVoice. Mailata is a better football player right now than Dillard. He's also a year and a half younger, and presumably has more upside given that his first non-exhibition football game ever occurred fewer than nine months ago. He was rightfully running with the first team during the lone OTA practice the media got to see, though the bet here is that both Mailata and Dillard will both see first team snaps during the summer. Prediction: Mailata should have a leg up, since his flaws are more correctable than Dillard's. 2) S: K'Von Wallace vs. Marcus Epps vs. Andrew Adams Free agent signing Anthony Harris will start at one safety spot. The other spot would normally be Rodney McLeod's, but McLeod is recovering from a torn ACL, and is a lock to start training camp on the PUP list, with a good chance to remain there through the first six weeks of the regular season. If indeed McLeod isn't ready for Week 1, the starting safety spot opposite Harris will likely be filled by Wallace, Epps, or Adams. • K'Von Wallace: Wallace was projected by some (self included) to get a decent amount of playing time as a rookie, but that never really materialized. He really only played out of necessity when there were injuries, as he was only on the field in the regular defense for 202 snaps, or 18.3 percent. He is more of a box safety than a centerfielder type, and could be an advantageous position if the team views Harris as more of a free safety. • Marcus Epps: We reviewed Epps' 2020 season a couple weeks ago. He is purely a deep safety, as he's not going to add much value close to the line of scrimmage, unless he is matched up against a tight end man-to-man in coverage. Even as a deep safety, while he has demonstrated good ball skills on occasion, there were times in which he "bit the cheese," in which he either committed to an underneath route leaving the deep route open, or took a false step as a result of guessing on a receiver's route, leaving that receiver open. He was a liability as a tackler. • Andrew Adams: Over his five year career, Adams has played in 73 games, with 32 starts, so he has some experience, though he played so little in 2020 with Tampa that he only had 2 tackles. It's also possible that Avonte Maddox could get a look at safety, since he has played there for the Eagles in the past, but for now we'll project him as a slot corner. Prediction: The team will hope that Wallace steps up during camp, and wins that job. 3) CB2: Zech McPhearson vs. Avonte Maddox vs. Craig James, I guess? The starting outside cornerback spot opposite Darius Slay is the biggest glaring hole on the roster at the moment. Maddox played there last season, but shouldn't have, while James is best suited as a special teams specialist, and McPherson is impossible to predict as a fourth-round rookie. To be determined if the Eagles will add a no-doubt-about-it starting CB2, or if they'll add a Band-Aid to add to the competition. Prediction: They'll add a one-year Band-Aid with starting corner experience, and that guy wins the starting job out of camp. 4) WR3: Travis Fulgham vs. Greg Ward vs. Quez Watkins vs. John Hightower vs. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside vs. the rest DeVonta Smith will almost certainly start as a rookie, and second-year receiver Jalen Reagor likely will as well. Who is next in the pecking order will be determined in camp and the preseason games. Under Doug Pederson, Ward was that guy, even though he was neither a threat down the field, nor a playmaker once he had the ball in his hands. His main appeal was that he actually caught the football, a skill that eluded so many of the other Eagles wide receivers over the last half decade or so. Fulgham had a five-game stretch in which he caught 29 passes for 435 yards and 4 TDs. In the next 8 games, he had 9 catches for 104 yards and 0 TDs. Part of that was because he lost snaps to Alshon Jeffery, which remains, just... 🤯. But also, he was unable to sustain his high level of play when he did get opportunities. Watkins and Hightower both have speed, but their value is more likely to come in certain situations, as opposed to a true No. 3 type of role. And then there's Arcega-Whiteside, who had a good camp in 2020, but once again, did not translate to the regular season. Prediction: Ward is worth having on the roster, but the Eagles have to do better than him in that No. 3 role. The bet here is that Fulgham will get those snaps, either as a big slot, or as an outside receiver, with Smith and/or Reagor moving inside to the slot in 11 personnel. 5) RB2: Boston Scott vs. Kenny Gainwell vs. Kerryon Johnson Scott has been the RB2 behind Miles Sanders ever since Jordan Howard went down during the 2019 season. He's sort of the incumbent, but Gainwell is an intriguing rookie with running and receiving skills, who in my opinion was excellent value in the fifth round. The team also claimed Johnson off of waivers a few weeks ago. He had a good rookie season in 2018, before knee injuries — most notably a meniscus tear in 2019 — have slowed his career. Prediction: It's Scott early in the season, but Gainwell eventually overtakes him. https://www.phillyvoice.com/early-look-five-eagles-training-camp-battles-jordan-mailata-andre-dillard-058882/
  3. Mailbag: Our Eagles 'hindsight' draft, and the best steals / worst reaches of 2021 BY JIMMY KEMPSKIPhillyVoice Staff EAGLES NFL from MARK J. REBILAS/USA TODAY SPORTS Justin Fields In our Eagles chat last Thursday, there were a lot of questions that we could not get to in time or other questions we did answer but could use more color. And so, let's do a mailbag post to answer some of the overflow, as well as some commonly asked questions on Twitter and via email. Question from Jon Lewis: Are you going to do your hindsight draft again this year? Yes. Here's who I would have taken at each spot where the Eagles picked. • Pick 10: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State: The Eagles obviously did not like Fields enough to take him with their first-round pick. And that's fine. If you don't love a quarterback, don't take him. Personally, I think he's a very talented player and there's a lot to work with. Obviously, I did not have a chance to get to know him as a person the same way scouts and front office folks do, but from what info was available to me, I'd have taken him. • Pick 37: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama: I had him going 25th overall in my first-round mock, and think he'd have been great value at pick 37. • Pick 73: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina: Very intriguing quarterback-turned-linebacker with good size/athleticism who was very productive despite being new to the defensive side of the ball. I love his upside. • Pick 123: Kenny Gainwell, RB, Memphis: This would have been 27 draft slots earlier than where the Eagles got him. • Pick 150: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S/LB, Florida State: As noted below in our "steals" picks. • Pick 189: Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC: I'm fine with the Eagles making the value pick here, even after they (and I) took at DT earlier. • Pick 191: Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston: Small, speedy slot guy with bigtime RAC ability, and return game upside. • Pick 224: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee: No idea how this guy was still available this late in a draft that was not very deep. • Pick 234: Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss: "Move TE" complement to Dallas Goedert. Of course, I'd be answering questions in my post-draft presser why I didn't take any cornerbacks, and the reason would be simple. It's a multi-year rebuild and I was more interested in adding good players than reaching for needs. (To be clear, this is not to be taken as a slight to Zech McPhearson, who I thought was a perfectly fine pick, and not a reach.) Question from Dan: Any guesses at which positions will be loaded in the 2022 draft (like RB in '17, WR in '20 & 21)? I intend on taking a deeper look at this in the coming weeks, but an initial look at some of the draft guys' 2022 top 50 lists would indicate that cornerback looks like it might be a strong position next year. A short list of the guys projected to be drafted highly next year: Derek Stingley, LSU Kaiir Elam, Florida Sevyn Banks, Ohio State Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati Josh Jobe, Alabama Derion Kendrick, Clemson Andrew Booth, Clemson Question from GoBirds: Best value pick of the draft in your opinion? I'll give you my top 5 value picks, and my top five reaches. Top five value picks: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, pick No. 52, Browns: Apparently he fell because teams weren't sure if he's a linebacker or a safety. My rebuttal: He's a linebacker. Play him there and watch how good he'll be. Trevon Moehrig, S, pick No. 43, Raiders: If the Raiders had taken Moehrig at 17 and Alex Leatherwood (from our reach list below), nobody would have had a problem with it. (This should not be read as an excuse for taking Leatherwood in Round 1.) Daviyon Nixon, DT, pick No. 158, Panthers: Apparently Nixon has some off-the-field concerns, but from a talent perspective, there's no way he should have been available in the fifth round of a weak DT draft. Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, pick No. 186, Jets: Some injury history, but a great player at FSU when healthy. Trey Smith, OG, pick No. 226, Chiefs: There are health concerns, but he was a great college player, and he got picked after two long snappers. (Bonus value pick) Pressley Harvin III, P, pick No. 254, Steelers: 😭. Top five reaches: Mac Jones, QB, pick No. 15, Patriots: Even the Patriots' brass couldn't have been less excited to make this pick, lol. Alex Leatherwood, OL, pick No. 17, Raiders: And I actually like Leatherwood. But at 17? Yuck. Tyson Campbell, CB, pick No. 33, Jaguars: Opposing college offenses never shied away from testing Campbell, and they had success against him. Traits prospect who in my opinion got over-drafted at 33. Tutu Atwell, WR, pick No. 57, Rams: The Rams only made one top 100 pick, and they used it on a guy who weighs 149 pounds. If you're taking a guy that small, he better have extreme athletic measurables, but, meh. Nahshon Wright, CB, pick No. 99, Cowboys: Most draft analysts had Wright graded as a seventh rounder, or an undrafted free agent. Question from SPQR13: Jimmy, do you think Howie knew he would have had the opportunity to trade back again with a team like the Bears to pick up another 1st round pick, and if so, are you surprised he didn't do that instead of trading up to get Smith? Mike Sando of The Athletic (who I should note I think is great) put together a piece in which he got feedback from team executives about each teams' drafts. In the Eagles' section, it said the following: I reject that as a legitimate, logical criticism But before we explain why, let's first take a trip in the Wayback Machine to 2014, when the Eagles infamously had six main targets in that draft. They were: Anthony Barr Odell Beckham Kyle Fuller C.J. Mosley Brandin Cooks Ha Ha Clinton-Dix The Eagles were picking 22nd in that draft, and the first four guys above all went in the first 17 picks. When they got to pick No. 20, Cooks and Clinton-Dix were still available, and the Eagles felt good about their chances of getting Cooks, since the Cardinals (pick 20) and Packers (pick 21) were not thought to be targeting a WR. And then, oh crap, the Saints traded up to 20 and took Cooks, and then, oh crap, the Packers got Clinton-Dix, and then, yada yada yada the Eagles ended up with Marcus Smith. In the 2021 draft, with the top two cornerbacks (Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain) as well as two of the top three receivers (Ja'Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle) all gone, the Eagles aggressively traded up with the Cowboys to pick No. 10 and made sure that they got the lone remaining top prospect at CB or WR, paying a little bit of a premium to do so. The Giants subsequently traded back from pick No. 11 to pick No. 20 with the Bears, landing a 2022 first-round pick in the process. The idea that the Eagles could have made the same trade with the Bears that the Giants did assumes that the Cowboys wouldn't have traded back with the Bears first at pick No. 10. That is an assumption that the Eagles would have been unwise to make, especially considering the following: The Cowboys were widely thought to be targeting one of the top 2 cornerbacks, who were no longer available. A move back to pick No. 20 by the Cowboys would have landed them in an area to still get one of the CBs in the next tier (like Greg Newsome, Caleb Farley, etc.). The Eagles knew the Cowboys were looking to move back, seeing as they were already in active talks with them to do just that! In the event the Cowboys traded with the Bears, that move back would have no longer been available to the Eagles (duh), the Giants would have taken Smith, and the Eagles would have been left holding their metaphorical weiners like they were in 2014. So respectfully, anonymous team exec, your logic isn't well thought out, and there's a reasonable chance that if you were running the Eagles' draft, the Cowboys would have the extra 1 in 2022, the Giants' would have the Eagles' last primary target in Smith, and the Eagles would have had to settle for someone like Kwity Paye. Question from Kephas: How would you rank the list of "disgruntled/movable QBs" as QBs you'd want to add to this Eagles team, assuming expected cost, age, etc.? DeShaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins. With the disclaimer that the facts of his case aren't fully known and I reserve the right to change my opinion on this in the future, from a pure age/cost/talent perspective, Watson is way out in front of everyone. Then I'd say Wilson, followed by Rodgers. Cousins is better than Garoppolo, but I wouldn't want either of them to be the starting quarterback of my team, so they don't even make the cut. And before anyone points out Cousins' stats, let me take a moment to interrupt you by saying that I don't care and I'm not interested. Question from Pragmatic: I hear a decent amount of positivity at this point of the season and that is great, and it isn't indigenous to just the Eagles' fans, but I look at our back 7 and it's pretty frightful? Yeah, when you look at the depth chart, the most obvious glaring hole is CB2, and personally, I thought Darius Slay (CB1) had a disappointing season in coverage in 2020. But your point that the entire back seven is a potential mess is also well taken. You can look at individual players like Alex Singleton, Eric Wilson, T.J. Edwards, Anthony Harris, etc., and find some nice things to say about each of them, but as a group, there are no slam dunk above average starters, in my opinion. The defensive line is going to have to carry this defense... again. Easy prediction: There are going to be games in which the D-line can't generate enough consistent pressure, and this back seven gets torched. Question from Mig: Do you think maybe the Eagles didn't draft a LB because they want to see what Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley can do this year? Well, they did draft an edge rusher and a safety, and they're calling each of those guys linebackers, so they kinda-sorta did draft linebackers, but I understand your question. I think they maybe identified linebacker and safety as positions to address with competent, low-cost starters in free agency, with the idea of waiting to address that long-term need in 2022. And along the way, sure, if Taylor or Bradley show something this season, then maybe that guides them in how they address linebacker in 2022. Question from greenwithenvy: Which Eagle, non-rookie, will be on the shortest leash with the fan-base next year? Like who is going to get booed into oblivion if they don't perform? I would replace "booed into oblivion" with "endlessly ****ed about on Twitter," because I think for a player to get booed he has to actively mess up in games, as opposed to simply being unproductive, which would eliminate some players from this topic. As a disclaimer, I don't necessarily agree that some of these guys should get extreme heat if they falter a bit, but here's my top 6, in no particular order, of who I think will get that heat if they don't produce: Jalen Reagor: It's not his fault the team drafted him before Justin Jefferson, and it would be a little unfair to crush the kid too early when his profile was that of a developmental prospect, but the reality is that he was a first-round pick, and patience isn't a virtue in Philly. Derek Barnett: His fifth-year option is expensive. Jalen Hurts: I mean, he's the quarterback, and everything he does is going to be under a microscope this season. DeVonta Smith: Expectations will be high, and fair or not, he's going to be expected to produce immediately. Miles Sanders: While very good as a runner last season, his pass protection and receiving fell off dramatically. It went a little under the radar in 2020 with so much other extremely obvious badness happening around him, but Sanders won't have that same leeway in 2021, especially with a contract year on the horizon. Jake Elliott: He had his worst season in 2020. A repeat won't be tolerated by the fan base. Question from Machete: What is your O/U for Eagle wins this season? I'll say 8. The Eagles have the easiest schedule in the NFL (at least based on 2020 records). But I'll still take the under on 8 wins all day. Most sportsbooks have it at 7, currently. Question from Kephas: Would Rock/Paper/Scissors be a better alternative to the overtime coin toss? No. The Patriots would cheat. Question from Hmm: What are the best and worst days of the year to work in NFL media? The best day was the Super Bowl. Being able to cover that game and the post-game locker room celebration is something I'll never forget. But if you're talking about a day that happens consistently year after year, I would probably say the night they have the open bar at the NFL owners meetings. The NFL owners meetings, just generally speaking, is the best event of the year. They're every March, once free agency has died down, and they're always at a posh hotel at some warm location, like Phoenix, Palm Beach, etc., and I get to escape the cold here for a few days. We're pretty much guaranteed to speak with the owner, GM, and head coach down there, so it's worth it from a content perspective, but at the same time, it's really not that much work, and there's plenty of downtime. There's one night where the NFL holds an outdoor open bar event, with all kinds of great food. Most NFL head coaches, owners, and GMs are there, in addition to national and local media for all 32 teams. The first time I went to that, it was like, "Holy crap, I'm waiting in line in front of John Elway for pudding shooters!" As for the worst day, I can't really pinpoint one particularly bad day that I know is on the calendar and I dread it as it approaches. But I will that my streak of consecutive days publishing an article is up to 620. I have no mandate to publish something every day, but now that there's a streak, in my mind I can't let it die. There are days in June and July where I'll wake up and I just can't think of anything to write, and I'll just sit there in front of my computer screen for a couple hours before I eventually settle on some crappy idea for a post. I would say that those days are worst, work-wise. https://www.phillyvoice.com/mailbag-2021-eagles-jalen-reagor-devonta-smith-howie-roseman-hindsight-draft-steals-reaches-058882/
  4. Howie Roseman downplays front office dysfunction, says Eagles don't expect prolonged 'struggle' to compete On eve of NFL Draft, Philly's GM talks with The New York Times about rebuilding BY MICHAEL TANENBAUM PhillyVoice Staff EAGLES NFL from BILL STREICHER/USA TODAY SPORTS Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman has a monumental NFL Draft in front of him as the team looks to rebound from last year's 4-11-1 record and the subsequent unraveling of Carson Wentz-Doug Pederson era. If you ask the GM, the Eagles don't necessarily view their situation as one that's going to require a long period of losing to compete again: It's often remarked that NFL turnarounds can happen pretty quickly, with teams like the Buffalo Bills earning praise for their impressive reconstruction over the last few seasons. It's a glass-half-full approach, to be sure, but the Eagles have a few things working in their favor: the playoffs are expanded and they remain in a division that doesn't have a clear-cut, perennial powerhouse. The Eagles have been the closest thing to it. Then you have the draft assets Roseman mentioned that were acquired in the Wentz trade and the subsequent pick swap with the Miami Dolphins, moving Philadelphia from No. 6 to No. 12 on Thursday night and giving them an extra first-round pick next season. If the Wentz pick (a second-rounder that could become a first) plays out as hoped, the Eagles are going to have a lot of ammunition heading into 2022. Roseman is often criticized for his draft record as a way of dismissing the value of those assets as long as he's in charge of using them. It's doubtful he doesn't feel the pressure and sting of his precipitous drop in public perception, from "This Is Howie Do It" Super Bowl architect to overseeing the biggest dead cap hit in NFL history this year. But Roseman didn't care to dive into the tough questions asked by the Times, including a chance to address the accuracy of reported dysfunction internally: The rest of the interview reads much the same. Roseman didn't really give the Times anything of substance or insight into the state of the team, or even about his personal reflections on the job in front of him. Some of that is understandable, if unsatisfying. Roseman has put his foot in his mouth before with excitable comments about the Eagles being a "quarterback factory," to name an obvious example. And yet, couldn't he benefit from being a bit looser and talking about lessons learned from mistakes? The most the front office ever says in this vein is, more or less, "Obviously, things didn't go as we hoped." There's no need for him or owner Jeffrey Lurie to endlessly apologize for bad decisions — or for decisions that aren't yet as clear-cut as anyone would like them to be — but the humility that comes from a 4-11-1 season (or whatever your life's equivalent of 4-11-1 may be) usually should bring about some newfound maturity and resolve that's worth sharing in a more illuminating way. At the end of the day, Roseman's best path back to building trust is to deliver on restocking the team with talent that can shine under new head coach Nick Sirianni and his staff. The strategy, for now, appears to be Roseman giving himself as many opportunities and avenues as possible to improve the roster, rather than banking on one immediate shot to make a splash: After months of criticism and a relatively quiet offseason for player acquisition, Roseman will finally get a chance to win back some support on Thursday night. As much as Eagles fans complain about him, these are the moments you root for him. Hopefully, he'll have more to share and will open up about his mindset when the team introduces their first-round pick. https://www.phillyvoice.com/howie-roseman-eagles-gm-nfl-draft-2021-wentz-hurts-lurie-philadelphia/
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