2 Thoughts on Philadelphia Eagles inability to develop young talent

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Goodwin won’t play for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020, but that isn’t even half of the story.

As you know, Goodwin has elected to sit out of the 2020 campaign, but the hits keep coming. On July 27th, they re-signed a 38-year-old Jason Peters after Brandon Brooks suffered an Achilles tear for the second time in less than two years, virtually ending his season.

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They’ve also added a running back who’s found his way onto the team’s IR (injured reserve) in each of the past two seasons, Corey Clement. Did they not learn anything from what happened with Darren Sproles?

If you’re wondering why this team is always employing the ‘next-man-up’ theory and battling injuries, that’s a part of the reason. Philly’s evolved into this team that doesn’t draft well and then bails itself out by opening the purse to sign free agents to mask the issue. Still, even with that, you have to understand something. Older guys get hurt easier and take longer to heal, and using free agency primarily to build the roster is where cap issues come from.

Recently, ESPN’s Scott Spratt ranked all 32 teams by the talent they have under 25 years of age. This one requires an ESPN Plus subscription to read, but Philly landed at the bottom of the list at number 29. The dropoff between the Eagles starters and their reserves is massive, and now, even the experts have taken notice. At some point, this team has to coach up their younger talent because, as of right now, it hasn’t happened.

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Oh, and by the way, they just reacquired Vinny Curry. He just turned 32 and had been sitting on the couch since March, when the ‘Birds’ made the decision not to re-sign him during the most recent free-agency period. It’s time to start pointing fingers, and some of you aren’t going to agree with who needs to be held accountable.