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Keeping Nick Foles as Insurance to the QB Spot a Smart Move for the Eagles

The 2018 season is still three months away, but there’s always going to be a question surrounding the Super Bowl Champion Eagles as well as what they did (or didn’t do) regarding Super Bowl winning quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles will head back to the bench to start the 2018 season, as starter Carson Wentz will be back as the top man under center, and many experts feel that the Eagles are a team that might be right back where they ended this past season with Wentz instead of Foles.

There was a report last week from NFL.com’s Mike Silver stating that the Eagles had a deal on the table for Foles with the Cleveland Browns, who had the first and fourth pick in late April’s draft, and of course that makes sense considering they ended up taking Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.

The deal that the Browns reportedly offered the Eagles was for the 35th overall pick for Foles, but at the end of the day, there was not enough value for the Eagles to take the deal, and instead felt that Foles being the backup was worth more than that pick.

Foles wants to be in Philadelphia, and despite the fact that he’s the backup to Wentz, he loves the city, and has his eyes on a bigger prize after his playing career, that serving as a pastor of a church once his career is over.

Keeping Wentz aboard a team that won the Super Bowl is a very smart move for the Eagles, as there’s no ‘for sure’ that Carson Wentz is going to be 100 percent and ready to go for the start of the 2018 season, and if he’s not, it will be easy for the Eagles and head coach Doug Pederson to slide right in.

If the Eagles would have bailed on Foles, they only have Nate Sudfeld left as the quarterback on the roster, and nothing against the young quarterback, but he’s only got one game on his ledger to this point of his career, meaning having to play him more than just a garbage time is a huge risk.

Will down the road the Eagles move Foles? Possibly. For now though, they are happy with the quarterback as the backup, and why would you run him out of town when there’s no reason to.

Keep him aboard, and as long as he’s happy and not causing an issue, there’s no reason to quickly try and rush Foles out of town at this point in his career.

The Eagles have an interesting season ahead of themselves winning a title, and having the insurance policy of Foles to their name is not a bad thing to have whatsoever.

Without him, an injury to Wentz could have a season of disaster written all over it.

Eagles Coach Doug Pederson Still Not Worried About the Recovery of Carson Wentz

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson continues to make it clear the team is not concerned with quarterback Carson Wentz’s recovery from a torn ACL, saying, his QB will be “ready when he’s ready” according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com.

“I’m not going to rush him out there. I’m not going to expose him,” said Pederson. “Right now, we’re encouraged with the progress he’s making.” Wentz has been cleared for some rehab activities including throwing, but is not close to practicing yet and probably won’t see any reps during the preseason.

Of course, it is much easier not to worry about when Wentz will return when you have an insurance policy like Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

The goal for Wentz is to have him ready Week 1 of the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons but the team will still be in good hands if Foles is under center for the game.

Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan Out 4-6 Months After Surgery for Herniated Disc

The Eagles’ run toward a second straight Super Bowl might have to begin without a key cog in their front seven, Edward Lewis of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan recently underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his back and is expected to miss between four and six months.

Howard Eskin was first to report the news.

Beginning training camp and maybe even the first half of the season without Jernigan is obviously a blow to an Eagles squad that won its first-ever Super Bowl largely on the backs of its D-line. The defensive tackle started 18 of Philly’s 19 games last season, and earned a massive four-year, $48 million extension about halfway through the season because of his play.

Jernigan, acquired from the Ravens for a swap of draft picks last offseason, logged 2.5 sacks for Philadelphia last season.

Eagles Pick Up Option on Coach Doug Pederson’s Contract

It was quite a year for Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, and now reports say an option on the coaches contract was picked up after the teams’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots.

The original deal for Peterson had him inked through 2019, but he’ll now be in place through the 2020 campaign.

He came to the team after the Chip Kelly debacle, and after going 7-9 in his first season, led the team to the promise land, winning a championship, and even doing it with a backup quarterback in Nick Foles after Carson Wentz went down.

Eagles Pick Up 5th Year Option on Wide Out Nelson Agholor

The Eagles exercised the fifth-year option on wide receiver Nelson Agholor’s contract, giving the team the opportunity to keep him in Philadelphia through the 2019 season, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Agholor would command a projected salary of about $9.4 million if he plays under his original contract during the option year. It’s not guaranteed until March 2019 unless Agholor suffers an injury, although it keeps him under team control for an additional season and could also help if the Eagles try to sign him to a contract extension.

Agholor, 24, emerged as one of the offense’s best players in 2017, when he finished with 62 catches for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. Agholor also led the Eagles with nine receptions in the Super Bowl. His 2017 performance came after he moved to slot receiver spot in August following the trade of Jordan Matthews. He had more yards, catches, and touchdowns than he totaled in his first two years combined, when Agholor underachieved after the Eagles selected him with their 2015 first-round pick. Now, he’s viewed as a key piece of the Eagles offense for 2018 and potentially beyond.

Eagles Earn an ‘A-‘ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Eagles, who according to Kiper got an ‘A-‘ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

It’s good to be the Eagles. Coming off a Super Bowl title, they have no major needs and get to develop starters — not try to draft plug-and-play guys. They’re looking for impact depth. That’s why we saw GM Howie Roseman trade out of the last pick in the first round to move down 20 spots and add an extra 2019 second-round pick (plus pick 125 in this draft). That 2019 pick is an extremely valuable one to stash away.

Now, you have to laugh at the Eagles trading up three spots to take tight end Dallas Goedert ahead of Dallas (49) with the draft in the Dallas area. And my best comp for Goedert all along was Zach Ertz, so now the Eagles have both players. Goedert is the best pass-catching and most athletic tight end in this class. Remember: Trey Burton and Brent Celek are both gone from 2018, so Goedert is going to play. Philadelphia led the league with 110 receptions by tight ends last season. If Goedert had gone late in Round 1 — maybe to Philly! — it wouldn’t have surprised me.

The Eagles didn’t have a third-round pick due to the Jordan Matthews-Ronald Darby swap with Buffalo last year, so Philly had just one pick on the first two days. Fourth-rounders Avonte Maddox (125) and Josh Sweat (130) are talented and athletic. Maddox was a four-year starter who ran a 4.39 at the combine. Sweat had 29 tackles for loss in college and had a 39.5-inch vertical jump at the combine. I moved up Matt Pryor (206) over the last few weeks after people in the league told me he was going to move to guard. And how about the Australian former rugby league player Jordan Mailata going late in the seventh round? Philly is going to try to make him an offensive tackle.

The reason this class isn’t a straight “A”? Not a single running back (though they did announce the re-signing of Darren Sproles when the day ended). If that’s the only bad thing I can say, the Eagles must have had a good day.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
2/49 Dallas Goedert TE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
4/125 Avonte Maddox CB PITTSBURGH
4/130 Josh Sweat DE FLORIDA STATE
6/206 Matt Pryor OT TCU
7/233 Jordan Mailata OT South Sydney Rabbitohs

Eagles Executive Howie Roseman Denies Argument with RB Prospect Derrius Guice

The Eagles didn’t select a running back during the first two days of the NFL draft despite an obvious need at the position.

They traded out of the first round and into the second round, where they drafted tight end Dallas Goedert, who fills another need.

When first-round prospect Derrius Guice was drafted in the second round, No. 59 overall by the Redskins late Friday, reports surfaced that Eagles executive Howie Roseman had been in an argument with Guice during the LSU product’s visit to the NovaCare Complex. Roseman denied it, Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times reports.

“There was no altercation,” Roseman said. “There was no altercation here, in this building, that any of us are aware of. I don’t know where that report came from but I can speak for everyone in here and nothing like that happened here in Philadelphia.”

Asked if an altercation or something similar ensued outside the building, for example the scouting combine, Roseman dug in his heels.

“There was no altercation,” Roseman said. “When you hear the word altercation it sounds like … yelling and screaming. I mean, I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a room where a player has yelled at anyone.”

Said Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, “I didn’t hear of anything.”

Eagles Agree to Terms with OLB Paul Worrilow

The Eagles have agreed to a contract with outside linebacker Paul Worrilow, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media.

Worrilow spent the 2017 season with the Detroit Lions after spending the previous four years with the Atlanta Falcons.

Worrilow, 27, missed four games last season due to a knee injury and wasn’t particularly productive otherwise, tallying 30 tackles and one pass deflection in 13 games (8 starts).