Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman met with the media on Wednesday.
The NFL Combine is officially underway, and so far, the highlight for Philadelphia Eagles fans has been what happened this past Wednesday. The team’s head coach, Doug Pederson, and executive vice president, Howie Roseman, met with the media. Collectively, they both spoke for about thirty-one minutes, and we were able to, at least, get a couple of ideas about where the team is headed.
Roseman spoke first, and was asked a lot about contracts and personnel. Some questions were answered and some weren’t, but in fairness, he was pretty open about what he was able to discuss. Pederson spoke second, and as you can guess, he was asked about coaches and his rookie quarterback.
We’ve listened, taken some time to re-listen and we’ve come up with ten takeaways.
1. As some of you already know, the Eagles’ brass isn’t allowed to speak to players until April 17th.
Yes, the team’s quarterback is working out with potential free agents, but league rules prevent teams from communicating with their players. With that being said, we won’t hear anything about any dialogue or how well those workouts are going for a while.
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2. We may have jumped the gun on the Ryan Mathews thing.
We thought a move may be made due to his injury history and his price tag, but based on what Roseman’s saying, Mathews is healthy and probably won’t be going anywhere this off-season.
3. The hope is Bennie Logan will be back.
Roseman briefly discussed Logan, acknowledged his importance and the team’s desire to keep him. If the financial aspect can be worked out, he’ll be back.
4. Isaac Seumalo may be seen more in year two.
Roseman also alluded to Seumalo’s versatility. He can play center and guard, and he played right tackle against the Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles will continue to feed off of his versatility in 2017.
5. They apparently see something in Nelson Agholor.
We’re aware they know more than we do, but we just can’t figure out why they keep saying he’s good at things that we don’t see him doing.
6. Joe Douglas and Roseman are getting along.
It seems as though this should be a foregone conclusion, but as you know, what’s been going on behind the scenes with this team has resembled something off of reality television. That alone makes this good news.
7. Holding John Defilippo hostage hasn’t resulted in any major damage.
The quarterback’s coach was blocked earlier this off-season with the New York Jets for their offensive coordinator position, but there are no hard feelings. Everyone’s glad he’s here, and Carson Wentz has some much needed stability.
8. We can probably rule out a DeSean Jackson return.
Per Roseman, the goal in free agency is to find long-term solutions and target guys around 26-27 years old, and that would definitely rule out the possibility of Jackson’s return.
9. Regardless of what many of us think about Jason Kelce, his teammates and coaches love him.
When asked about Kelce, his importance was stressed, and it was even re-emphasized that he’s been to the NFL Pro Bowl.
10. They’re seriously considering adding Jamaal Charles.
The Kansas City Chiefs running back’s name keeps coming up, so keep an eye on this one.
Check out PhiladelphiaEagles.com to check out the press conferences in their entirety.
Football’s back already ladies and gentlemen, and it’s truly a twelve-month business. To be honest, we didn’t think we’d be saying this about three months ago, but we kind of missed Pederson and Roseman anyway.