Philadelphia Eagles: Howie Roseman’s bad choices overshadow recent hits

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2. There is a small silver lining for Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Putting aside the Eagles’ current record in the standings, they have had to rely on plenty of inexperienced players and late-round prospects. This isn’t a bad thing in itself as pretty much every NFL team uses this philosophy at some point. The problem is that the ‘Birds’ have been forced to rely on unknown commodities because they aren’t getting much out of their highest-paid players or their early-round prospects.

One of the main reasons we are are seeing wide receiver Travis Fulgham on the field is because 2019 second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside hasn’t panned out. Guard Nate Herbig is starting because the team has no one else to turn to and left tackle Jordan Mailata only got the starting nod once Andre Dillard sustained a bicep injury and Jason Peters suffered a toe injury.

Looking at those players makes you feel like Roseman and the ‘Birds’ scouting department hasn’t been totally clueless about how to find players; however, their penchant for overpaying veterans in conjunction with their inability to get high-impact players early in the draft are overshadowing the contributions by their reserves.

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It’s clear Roseman has had plenty of misses as the Eagles general manager the last couple of seasons, but it’s also true he has had his fair share of free-agent and late-round hits. Had he had nailed a few more draft picks, we would be talking about how much of a genius he is and his job seems to be safe for the time being, so let’s assume he will be in Philadelphia in 2021. If he can trim the Eagles’ salary cap, get rid of overpaid veterans, and find a few more impact players, he could turn the ‘Birds’ into contenders once again and we will be back to talking about how much of a personnel genius he is.