2. Regardless of what the cap or draft position says, the best players must make this Philadelphia Eagles roster.
They may have shot themselves in the foot more often than they should have, but seeing this team make the playoffs in three straight seasons should serve as some comfort. Say what you want, but Pederson and Roseman know what they’re doing.
Still, even with that being said, it’s hard to figure out how they miss some obvious things. Greg Ward was always better than Mack Hollins was, and the fact that Hollins occupied a spot on the roster for so long just because he was a fourth-round selection is inexcusable. That’s just the sign of a team being stubborn, and lately, it just seems like this Eagles organization values being right over getting better.
The Eagles wide receiver position is one of concern, and it has been since Hollins was brought to this team in the first place. The time to fix it is now, or Philadelphia runs the risk of being right back in the same spot for next year’s draft, needing to take a receiver early in next year’s draft.
Keeping Alshon Jeffery solely on the basis that he makes north of $10 million is inexcusable. Keeping Arcega-Whiteside solely on the basis that Philly spent a second-round selection on him is inexcusable if this team has better players on the roster.
The best players have to make this team, regardless of where they drafted or how much they make. Yes, Ward is better than Hollins, but Ward isn’t deserving of a roster spot simply because of what he did last season. he, again, needs to prove that he’s one of the six best wide receivers on this team. It’s a simple concept even if it appears that it’s one the Eagles haven’t been employing over the past few seasons. Only time will tell if they’ve learned their lesson.