A true Eagle has finally landed, as Doug Pederson confirmed the reported signing of free agent linebacker Stephen Tulloch. However, Pederson was not nearly as effusive in his praise of Tulloch as many expected. Dougie P didn’t say Tulloch would be a starter, instead opting for the classic coachism that Tulloch will “compete” for the starting MLB job; but the coach did imply that the signing was more for depth purposes than anything else. So let me get this straight: you’re bringing in a 31-year-old with a decade’s worth of miles on him (tough miles too at MLB) for $1.75 million guaranteed, who hasn’t made a positive impact on a special teams unit in years, and you may not start him? Seriously? Apparently, they are serious as Doug took it a step further saying they’ll have to “consider” playing Tulloch on special teams. Again, it’s been a long time since he’s been contributed in that phase of the game, and it’s a big risk asking his body to hold up to such a pounding. And don’t get me wrong, I get that Tulloch brings added value with his knowledge of both Schwartz and his system, and hopefully he’ll be a teaching asset to help the coaching staff relate to younger players; but it still seems strange to bring him in as a backup knowing full well he can’t add anything on special teams, regardless of if the head coach wants us to believe he can. The guys over at bleedinggreennation.com have more on Pederson’s comments and what it may mean for Mychal Kendricks’ hold on a starting position.
By most accounts this signing should be considered a win for both Tulloch, who now has a paying gig at starter money after being “available” for a while, and the team which strengthens a thin position with a guy who knows Schwartz’s system; however not everyone was a winner once this deal finally got announced, most notably Deontae Skinner.
Speaking of trades, DGB seems to be acclimating himself well to Philly, as the embattled WR expects to be on the field more often in the team’s hotly anticipated third preseason tilt against the Indianapolis Andrew Luck’s on Saturday; AND may even get some action with the first-team offense.
Carson Wentz hates being sidelined. Hates it. He hates it as much as Ryan Lochte hates telling the truth (too soon?). Luckily, Wentz is “feeling good now” and was able to throw on the side today despite his still tender ribs (mmmm…tender ribs). The savior said he’s aiming to return for the team’s fourth preseason game September 1st against the Jets, potentially giving us all a reason to care about a game that we certainly wouldn’t otherwise.
Let’s move over to the world of the subjective, as ESPN released the bottom half (51-100) of their ranking of the 100 best players in the NFL. Spoiler alert: Malcolm Jenkins (88) and Jason Peters (84) are the only two Eagles in the bottom half of top 100. While these lists are the height of subjectivity, it’s nice to see Jenkins getting some national attention for his play, as he obviously deserves the all the accolades he gets. Conversely, is Jason Peters really one of the top 100 players in the NFL right now? I don’t think he’s even close to be honest. And before everyone starts yelling at me, I’m not taking anything away from his career achievements; I believe he should absolutely be a first-ballot hall of famer; but he’s long past his prime folks, and is probably more likely to miss half the season than he is to play at an elite level for the entirety of it. This is clearly a legacy ranking and that doesn’t fly with me, even in a meaningless set of rankings that literally nobody cares about.
A couple of quick notes from around the league:
- Trevor Siemian will start Denver’s third preseason game and thus must be considered the presumptive favorite to win the starting QB job. Yup, some guy 99% of football fans have never heard of is going to beat out Mark Sanchez for a starting job. Hold on, I need to take a break because I’m laughing too hard to type…
- I’m back! Someone who is not back is Karlos Williams. After his surprising release by the Bills, Williams has somehow cleared waivers after being unclaimed by the 31 other teams in the NFL. Williams is talented and costs nothing, so this is a surprise. However, he’s had his fair share of issues in his one year in the NFL, including garnering a four-game suspension (which he still has to serve) for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and reporting to training camp grossly overweight, which he subsequently blamed on his wife’s pregnancy. So, maybe it wasn’t a surprise? Either way, the Eagles had an opportunity to claim him and didn’t, so I wouldn’t expect Fat Karlos to be in Philly anytime soon (yes, I’m talking to you Eagles Twitter).