WHILE I myself have been critical of General Manager Howie Roseman during the first round of Free Agency, I did remind people (and myself), that it’s still early. There is no need to panic. Also, I have concerns about a number of holes left throughout the entire team. Not just at receiver.
There are a few sportswriters crying about the Eagles not getting QB Carson Wentz any new WR’s. They shook their heads about Roseman saying that the team internally, sees our WR position differently than people do from the outside, and that we have plenty of talent at receiver. I agree with his assessment, having written in support of our current receiving corp, back in early February, as one of my first article in The 12.
Hey! Remember a year ago when everyone was sure that WR’s Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor were going to torch the NFL? Remember a few months ago when the excuse was that Carson didn’t have Jeffery, Jackson, and Agholor? So wait. Now he’s getting Jeffery and Jackson back, and everyone is bummed about it? Are people really that upset about losing Agholor? Was he the difference maker? Is… Is that what this is?
Are people really upset that we didn’t get WR Stephon Diggs, who publicly threw his QB under a bus a few times? Are we really upset that we didn’t get WR Robby Anderson, a former Jet who’s not always proven to be coachable, and so had no serious suitors besides Carolina? Are we really upset that we didn’t spend 20 million on WR Amari Cooper, who has a well documented history of losing interest during games? In what way has Breshad Perriman proven himself the equal of either of our starters?
FYI: Trading for WR DeAndre Hopkins was do-able, but he wanted a new deal that the Eagles felt was outside of the team’s price range. Maybe something could have been worked out, but the Eagles want to get younger, and if we’re being honest, I’m not sure how Hopkins would have fit in the Audience Of One locker room, anyway.
Make no mistake we have plenty of holes on Offense. Too many in fact, to obsess over any one position.
Depending on who you ask, LT is either solid for the next decade, or we have a bust waiting to be exposed and get our QB killed.
There is no insurance behind our starting RB.
If we don’t add some speed at WR, we’re one injury away from being where we were in Week 3 of 2018, and Week 3 of 2019.
Another veteran QB is an absolute must have. Preferably someone with a little mobility. Maybe signing FA’s Blaine Gabbert or Blake Bortles? A trade for Jacoby Brissette would also be a thing of beauty. (Though he would need his deal stretched out to five years.) Not to fuck over QB Nate Sudfeld, but you saw us last year. You can’t ever have too much talent at QB.
The Draft and the second round of Free Agency still lay ahead of us. Would it have been nice to have a few new, shiny pieces by now? Sure. Like I said, I’ve already said as much. But to whine and say silly shit like “Carson’s being hung out to dry.” That’s alarmist and stupid. Don’t be that fan. And ignore such rantings.
I think we need 1 RB and probably 2-3 WRs. The center/left of the O-Line is a problem. I’m less concerned about the B/U QB, but we need an additional TE. Those are my pointed needs as of right now. We did A LOT on the defensive side, but I still think we have to hit on 3 positions still…LB first then CB for depth and lastly Safety…too much new blood.
The problem is that now that I’ve listed it all out…it IS A PROBLEM that we have so many holes.
I’m already convinced that even after losing Jernigan that the goal for Gym Shorts is to create pressure up front so the secondary doesn’t get hung out to dry!!! Problem is that only works with teams that have weak O-Lines.
Unfortunately we just have to wait as see how this all plays out for us.
I get the sinking feeling that they did so much in Free Agency so that they could go almost entirely Offensive in the Draft.
Fact is, we still have bigger needs on Defense than we do on Offense. But as you said, it’s a wait and see.