Let’s check in with some news and notes from the Eagles as they continue OTA’s.
— Fletcher Cox showed up for OTA’s this week after skipping last week to be with his family. He handled the situation pretty well with the media. He also lost some weight which should help his sack totals.
Fletcher Cox on expectations for the pass rush/secondary and if the size of his contract determines his responsibilities pic.twitter.com/EQPrybbkOD
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) May 30, 2017
— Here are Tuesday’s practice notes from our buddy Brandon Lee Gowton of BleedingGreenNation.com. BLG credits new Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery as making the play of the day
Alshon Jeffery made a beastly catch in the end zone by winning out on a jump ball thrown by Carson Wentz. Rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas had tight coverage but it doesn’t matter with Jeffery. The veteran wide receiver is going to go up and get that ball. After Jeffery made the catch, he got up, stared Douglas down, and spiked the ball directly in front of the Eagles’ third round draft pick. In my head I’m imagining Alshon said something like “F*** you rookie! You can’t stop me!”
As much as I was against giving Jeffery a big money, long term contract, I LOVE getting him on a one year show me contract. The dude is talented and has a lot to prove. Should be fun to watch
— Player with most to prove for the Eagles this season? According to Tim McManus, it’s Nelson Agholor. I tend to agree and for some odd reason, I actually think he could be productive this season.
Selected with the 20th overall pick in 2015, Agholor was considered one of the most pro-ready prospects in the draft, and few expected him to struggle the way he has. Agholor has compiled just 59 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons. Lacking production at the wide receiver spot, the Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency and spent a pair of picks on wideouts in the 2017 draft. Time is running out on the USC product. He needs to start producing.
— As we get past the OTA’s into the dog days of summer before training camp starts, get ready for everyone’s QB ranking list. Here’s one from Rotoworld
A look at where Carson Wentz finishes in Rotoworld’s NFL QB rankings https://t.co/bc0fGaSp0R
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) May 31, 2017
Wentz finishes at 21st, which is completely fair. I’m expecting a big step forward in 2017, but he still needs to prove it.
21) After laughably generating early MVP hype, Carson Wentz regressed down the stretch of his rookie season, with his mechanics largely in shambles by Week 17. Wentz’s elongated throwing motion caused elbow pain, necessitating offseason work with quarterback gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House. Wentz posted a quarterback rating higher than 80.0 just four times over his final 12 starts, with his deep ball checking in as particularly erratic. Wentz was not without alibis for his struggles. He was dealing with one of the league’s worst supporting casts, and was, after all, a 23-year-old rookie making the jump from the FCS to the NFL. That, of course, is also cause for concern. Already headed into his age-24 campaign, Wentz isn’t as projectable as some young quarterbacks. Ultimately, Wentz will live and die with his mechanics. If he can’t clean them up, he’s a Blake Bortles waiting to happen. There’s promise here, but the risk is real after Wentz’s inconclusive rookie year.
Not sure the Blake Bortles comparison is fair, but he certainly still has a lot to prove