Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris (17) is chased by Louisville Cardinals defensive end Marcus Smith (91) during the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Marcus Smith May Not Be Ready For Season Opener

With the 26th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles may have laid an egg.

In an article at Philly.com it appears the Eagles Round One Draft Pick outside linebacker Marcus Smith may not be ready for week one against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Many fans weren’t sure who he was when he was drafted. The Eagles front office talked very highly of Smith after the draft. But now,Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator Bill Davis sounds like he is tempering his expectations.

We’re excited to have Marcus. But he’s a rookie like the rest of them, and their heads are swimming right now because we got the whole defense in.

Yes, that is a statement from Davis about their number one draft pick. It was a head-scratcher of a pick to begin with. For the Eagles to choose a relatively unknown player for one of their most needed positions with their first pick in the draft is mind boggling. But there was hope that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly or general manager Howie Roseman knew something others didn’t

But the statement from Davis is disturbing because if he won’t be ready for game on why choose him in the first round? The Eagles needed to add a good pass rusher and now they appear to be “happy” waiting for him to mature and figure out the schemes.

“He hasn’t played the position much. So one of the things we did see about Marcus was you have a good man that works hard at it, loves football, and has a good football IQ. He’s got the athleticism.”-Bill Davis

Working hard and loving football doesn’t seem like first round qualifiers in today’s Win-Now, Start-Now NFL. And to choose a player that hasn’t played a position  you need the most in the first round?

Chip Kelly has proven he’s a great NFL coach and for that he has earned the trust of his fans and players. But these new developments may make some hesitate just a bit about some decisions made this off-season. 

I never fully understood with cutting Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Kelly said it was a football decision. I don’t think it was because of gang-related ties like many news outlet claim. I can see where he would be disruptive in the locker room. But to give up that caliber of a player over insubordination issues?

This could be cause for concern for he Eagles.

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