As the NFL Draft approaches, the cornerback position remains a concern for the Eagles.
Does anyone understand Howie Roseman? Here’s a statement that you’ll probably learn nothing from. The NFL is passing league. As the free agency period began, the Philadelphia Eagles had two major issues with this concept.
The first issue was they didn’t have a ton on offense that made fans feel comfortable about executing the forward pass with some consistency. Secondly, they definitely didn’t make anyone feel like they could stop opposing teams from throwing the ball down the field consistently either.
The good news:
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One week later, people feel better about the passing offense (even though we’re not sure the ground game will be a healthy compliment). The secondary, however, is another thing entirely. Writers can see it. So can the fans and coaches. There’s just one blaring issue
The bad news:
The emotional and mental health of an entire fan base rests its’ hopes in the hands of Roseman, who makes us, sometimes, question if he understands the game or personnel (even if he does things right).
Let’s be fair:
Now, we’ve all been hard on the Eagles’ executive vice president of football operations, so let’s give him some credit.
Roseman understood this team needed a franchise quarterback in 2016 and felt there may not be one available in 2017, so he went out and got one.
He’s also managed to keep the team’s core together, but the NFL Draft is approaching. It’s hard not to look at the salary cap issues, this team’s lack of difference makers at corner and past mistakes made in the draft without getting nervous.
What Roseman must consider:
As mentioned earlier, the league is overwhelmingly a passing league. The NFC East is loaded at wide receiver. To be truly competitive, you have to have three legitimate guys who can start. The Eagles, arguably, don’t have one.
Stories, mock drafts and reliable sources on social media indicate Philly might take yet another offensive weapon at pick 14 if they feel a true difference maker is available.
Here’s what we know. With each pick, the Eagles intend to take “the best player available”. They’re not going to reach on anyone, not even a corner.
What we consider “drafting based on need” is definitely part of the game plan, but many of us are hoping the Eagles take, at least, two cornerbacks in the draft, beginning with them landing a shutdown corner in round one. We’re going to have to realize that may not be in the cards.
Does anyone have Roseman’s phone number?