The bye week has allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to rest and get healthier, but that doesn’t mean the Birds haven’t been busy. Between padded practices, signings, and the return of a couple of stars at practice, the NovaCare Complex is just as busy now as it has been all season.
Let’s be frank. Philly needed this bye week. They proved all season that they’re one of the NFL’s elite teams, but they limped to the finish line, losing two of their final three games and displaying a less-than-desirable on-field product in their regular-season finale. They won, so we won’t complain too much though.
Jason Kelce shared his thoughts on the bye week recently stating the following. Thank NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro for the quote:
"“I think the rest is OK. Obviously, the rest is great, but you’re not going to gain that much physicality with a week off at this point in the season. It’s been a long season, everybody’s still going to be sore next week. I really do think the biggest advantage is that little shift from assessment of somebody else to self-assessment. Because we fully believe that success on game day, at the end of the day, is going to come down to us. Whether we make mistakes, whether we turn the ball over, all of these things have been very controllable from our point of view. That’s going to determine whether we win or lose any of these games."
Padded practices are rare this late in the season, but it’s obvious that the Birds are treating this like a work week than a vacation. They’ll be ready for the Divisional Round regardless of who the opponent is.
More Eagles news: Philadelphia’s future star?
The business model at the NovaCare Complex always includes media sessions, practice, and the season-long juggling of the roster. They always keep one eye on the future as well. Their scouts, both collegiate and professional are always on the go. The same can be said about the vice president/general manager, Howie Roseman.
On Friday, the Eagles announced the signing of Julian Good-Jones to a reserve/future contract. He’s a six-foot-five, 313-pound offensive lineman who most recently lent his talent to the Calgary Stampeders. He’s a product of Iowa State. Keep an eye on him in 2023, especially seeing as how guys like Andre Dillard and Isaac Seumalo are free agents after this season if no extensions are handed out.