Jeff Lurie Speaks Today
But will he really say anything? That’s what Les Bowen of the Daily News wisely noted
Since Boca Raton last March, Lurie has been quoted in statements issued by the team, and last Friday afternoon, we learned he had penned an essay for Time magazine about the need for our society to move past political polarization, but he hasn’t answered any questions. Tuesday, he will be asked about Wentz, about Roseman, about his thoughts on how the 7-9 first season of head coach Doug Pederson unfolded, about reports that Lurie is much more “hands-on” than he was a decade or so ago, about why an owner who talks about accountability isn’t available for questions more frequently.
The Time essay might have hinted at a desire for a bigger national profile for a man who has been a member of the NFL owners club, in a fervent, major market, for 23 years now. But the more influential NFL owners talk more than once a year, and they don’t tend to leave you scratching your head, wondering what they really meant.
Whatever Lurie says Tuesday will make headlines, because he is the Eagles’ chairman and because he speaks so rarely. But will it ultimately help us understand anything?
Lurie is a thoughtful man, but normally leaves me half asleep after his press conferences. Who can forget emotional intelligence and opening your heart?
Flavor of the Week
Last week it was Joe Mixon, weeks before that I heard a lot about Dalvin Cook. A short time before that it was all about Mike Williams and Corey Davis. The flavor for this week seems to be Washington wide receiver John Ross. You know, the guy that nearly broke the internet after running a 4.22 40 at the combine. Some even think that the Eagles will select him at 14
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) March 27, 2017
I don’t disagree with Eliot’s opinion the the Eagles will take him. It’s certainly a possibility. Ross and his speed are a huge matchup problem for opposing defenses and would give Carson Wentz a home run threat every time the ball is snapped. I’m just not sure it would be a wise move.
Something just doesn’t seem right about Ross. Not sure if it’s the bad taste that Pac-12 receivers have left in my mouth or just a scare of a combine 40 time pushing a player up to the 1st round. Regardless, Ross would be an exciting pick and a potential long-term weapon for Carson Wentz.
Philly Football Talk’s Kyle Nunnamaker wrote about Ross to the Eagles at 14. Give it a click.
Post-Free Agency Power Rankings
I’ve got the power! Some people loath power rankings, I love em. Not that they mean anything, especially in late March. According to the power ranking experts at ESPN.com, the Eagles are now ranked 21st, up two spots from the post-Super Bowl ranking of 23.
Eagles wide receivers combined for the second-fewest yards, yards per reception and touchdowns last season. So what did the team go out and do this offseason? It got Carson Wentz some help. Welcome to Philadelphia, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
The Eagles are ranked just ahead of three teams that normally are usually in the playoff hunt: The Colts (22), Bengals (23), and Saints (24). The Patriots are the top team, followed by the Falcons, Packers, Cowboys, and Steelers. The Giants are ranked 9th, while the Redskins plummeted all the way down to 20.
— Staying with ESPN.com, the NFC East reporters were asked what free agent signing may have the biggest impact on the division. Their answers were unanimous: Alshon Jeffery signing with the Eagles. Redskins reporter John Keim had the best answer of the bunch
Philadelphia’s signing of receiver Alshon Jeffery. The NFC East has been more about player losses than signings, which is why the pickings aren’t deep for this category. Terrelle Pryorcan help Washington, but he’s helping to replace something lost. Brandon Marshall gives Eli Manning another target in New York. But Jeffery will give second-year quarterback Carson Wentz what he lacked as a rookie: a big-time target. Signing speedy receiver Torrey Smith alongside should help both, too. The question with Jeffery will surround his availability, thanks to injuries two years ago and a suspension in 2016. But he’s a big target for a big quarterback. Jeffery has some flaws as a receiver, but he knows how to use his body well, allowing quarterbacks to take chances with him. Last season, his catch percentage was 56.5 – or 119th in the league (and two spots below Pryor). But his big-play ability can help Wentz and, therefore, the Eagles.
Seven Round Mock Draft
Draft is less than a month away, here’s a really good mock draft to dive into
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 27, 2017